IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge driver Taylor Hagler has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday’s Advent Health 120 at Sebring International Raceway as a result.
She will be replaced in the No. 77 L.A. Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR by Dakota Dickerson.
Hagler, who is in her first season of Pilot Challenge competition, has become the second IMSA driver to contract COVID-19 after Felipe Nasr was ruled out of the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona earlier this month.
“I’m sad to be missing the IMSA round at Sebring this weekend, especially after such a long break without racing,” said Hagler.
“I’m focusing on recovering as quickly as possible. I am glad to hear that my fellow HPD GT3 Driver Academy teammate, Dakota will be filling in for me. I wish the best of luck to Ryan and Dakota and will be cheering them on from home.”
Dickerson joined Hagler as well as Karl Wittmer and Jacob Abel in the inaugural HPD GT3 Driver Academy last month at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, which included Hagler’s co-driver Ryan Eversley as one of the coaches.
“Most importantly Taylor has already started feeling better and that’s a major relief,” said Eversley.
“I’m really disappointed we won’t be racing together this weekend and I’m already looking forward to us driving together again at Road America. Dakota and I just worked together on the HPD GT3 Driver Academy and I feel confident that he will do a great job in his TCR debut in our Honda Civic Type-R this weekend.”
A total of 35 cars are set to take part in the first Pilot Challenge race since January’s season-opener at Daytona.