The American Le Mans Series will honor the memory of Sean Edwards in this weekend’s Petit Le Mans.
A memorial decal has been created for all cars competing in the ALMS finale. Designed by motorsports artist Andy Blackmore, the decal depicts Edwards’ helmet, which he used in ALMS competition with NGT Motorsport.
The 26-year-old Englishman was killed Tuesday in an accident during a private driving test session at Queensland Raceway in Australia.
Edwards was 4th in the ALMS GTC points standings with a class win to his credit on the streets of Long Beach. The former FIA GT3 European Champion also scored overall victories in the Nurburgring 24 and 24 Hours of Dubai this year.
“All of us at the American Le Mans Series extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sean Edwards,” said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of ALMS.
“Sean was a rising star in sports car racing who found success in the United States and around the world. We will remember him as a driver and a human being with so much potential. He will be dearly missed.”
There have already been a number of tributes to Edwards.
“Sean was family to us,” said MOMO principal and NGT Motorsport co-driver Henrique Cisneros. “We are all at a loss of words that this happened and Sean won’t be coming into the transporter again to tell us a joke or give us racing advice, both of which he did so well.
“We have had an incredible season and he has been a big part of that. It looked like he was going to win the Porsche Supercup championship in a few weeks and he was excited he was having such an amazing race season.
“We thought VIR was going to be the last race of the season with us because he had a German Carrera Cup commitment with his sponsors and could not join us for Petit Le Mans.
“Sean was a truly impressive driver and we will all miss him immensely. We send our condolences to his family, his girlfriend, Laura, and for all of us in his racing family that will miss his smile, his stories, his zest for life and his talent.”
Jens Walther, President of Porsche Motorsport North America added:
“Sean Edwards was the perfect combination of great teammate and skilled sports car driver, making him a very popular choice to join any team that hired him.
“At Porsche, I knew Sean very well from his first steps in the Porsche world both in Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup in Europe as well as the American Le Mans Series in the United States.
“This terrible information about the accident is the worst news we could receive. He has made a lasting impression on our Porsche Motorsport family, and we will never forget him. Our prayers go out to his family, his NGT Motorsport and Project 1 teammates, his friends, and all the fans who came to appreciate Sean on and off the track.”