Strong Prospects for Hanley Motorsports After Debut Season Accomplishments
In their inaugural season, Hanley Motorsports made a remarkable entrance into North America’s most competitive sports car series, Pirelli GT4 America. Campaigning the No. 999 Hanley Motorsports GR Supra GT4 EVO as a Silver class entry, the team swiftly carved a place for themselves with young professional Parker Thompson and rookie driver Daniel Hanley behind the wheel.
KEY SEASON RESULTS:
1. Overall race victory at Sebring
2. Three silver-class podiums, including two victories
3. Sixty-three total race laps lead
4. Two overall pole positions and three Crowdstrike Fastest Lap awards
As the season began, it was evident that the young team was ready to make an impact. With a squad assembled just weeks before the start of the 2023 season, Hanley Motorsports made their presence felt immediately. At Sonoma Raceway, in Race 2 of the season’s opening weekend, the team showed strong potential, leading the forty-two-car field for six laps.
Hanley Motorsports saw opportunities for advancement as they came to terms with the Pirelli GT4 America series and their Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO. In their third weekend of racing, the team took a big step forward, capturing a Silver-class race victory at Circuit of the Americas. From that point on, the white, red, orange, and yellow No. 999 consistently appeared at the front of the field. The team secured the top spot in both qualifying sessions at VIRginia International Raceway, started from the pole and led half of Race 2 at Road America, and earned an overall victory at Sebring International Raceway. After an adversity early in the season, the team finished a commendable sixth overall in Silver-class season standings.
Driver Parker Thompson expressed pride in their 2023 campaign. “After pulling this effort together just weeks before the start of the season, our success is credited to the great people involved. First among those is Robert Hanley. Rob put tremendous faith in me to lead our group and drive alongside his son, Daniel. Looking back, we see some areas where we could have been better, but we also see enormous potential. Daniel, in particular, entered the year with essentially zero racing experience but has proven that he deserves a place in this competitive Pirelli GT4 America series.”
Daniel Hanley thanked the entire team for their tireless work throughout the season. “Very grateful to everyone on our team for their hard work. I had a lot to learn coming into this season. Parker, our crew, and the group behind our GR Supra were supportive at every step. Our wins at COTA and Sebring will stand in my memory for a long time. I hope that they are just the first of many.”
For team owner Robert Hanley, 2023 was a step towards a bigger vision. “At every stop this year, the Hanley Motorsports GR Supra showed that it had the pace to run at the front of the field in Pirelli GT4 America. Parker’s talent was visible every time he got behind the wheel, and that took a lot of pressure off his teammate. Daniel’s progression throughout the year was incredible to watch. As a team, we learned a lot about what it takes to win a championship. I expect we’ll take our experience from the year and keep pushing forward in 2024.”
With two wins and four podiums to date, Parker Thompson and Daniel Hanley hope to expand their trophy collection in the Pirelli GT4 America finale at IMS.
Thompson and Hanley clenched victory in the weekend’s opening race, earned a podium in the second, and started from pole position in the third.
The result marks the team’s first overall race win, their second class victory, and their third podium. The Sebring weekend schedule continues on Saturday.