Hanley Motorsports Advances in Pirelli GT4 America Standings with Podium at Sebring

May 7, 2024

Sebring, Florida

Hanley Motorsports demonstrated strength at Sebring International Raceway for races 3 and 4 of the 2024 Pirelli GT4 America season. A 2nd-place and 6th-place overall finish allowed the team to gain ranking in the race for the Silver-class season championship. 

Drivers Parker Thompson and Daniel Hanley piloted the No. 999 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Supra GT4 EVO, showing excellent pace during qualifying to secure promising starting positions for both races. 

Young Hanley’s career-best qualifying result placed him third among his driver group for Race 1, while Thompson secured a second-place starting position for Race 2.

For Race 1, Hanley Motorsports’ crew and drivers executed without fault. Hanley drove a clean stint, the team and crew conducted a perfect pit stop, and Thompson pushed the race leaders hard to the checkered flag to claim the final podium spot. An infraction during post-race inspections by the race winner elevated the team to a well-deserved second-place finish.

In Race 2, Thompson maintained his second-place starting position before handing their GR Supra over to Hanley at the thirty-minute mark, just ahead of a full course yellow. On the restart that followed, Hanley and the white, red, orange, and yellow No. 999 were hit from behind, causing damage to the bodywork and exhaust. Despite the setback, Hanley battled admirably, finishing sixth overall and fifth in the Silver class.

Reflecting on the weekend, Thompson emphasized the team’s resilience and improved position in the championship race. “We found conditions pretty challenging at Sebring this year. Our car showed great balance and drivability but was ultimately outpaced by some very fast competition in both races. In the fight for the championship race, we’re leaving Sebring in a better position than we started, and we’ll take that as a big positive heading to Circuit of the Americas next week.”

Daniel Hanley echoed Thompson’s sentiments while celebrating the team’s effort and success relative to key competitors. “Sebring is a challenging track at the best of times, and this year, we had some extra challenges thrown at us. Our team was well prepared for these challenges. We hoped for a stronger result across both races, but considering where some of the main players in the season championship finished in comparison, we count this as a successful weekend.”

Following the stop at Sebring, the team prepares for a unique championship round at Circuit of the Americas, May 17-19. Capturing the feature race for the SRO’s biggest weekend, the Pirelli GT4 America field will contend in a three-hour contest dubbed the Lonestar Enduro. Tune in on YouTube and Twitch to watch live on Saturday, May 18th at 5 PM MTN.