Paul Dalla Lana has been ruled out of the Rolex 24 at Daytona after sustaining a skiing-related injury, casting question over the participation of the No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.
The Canadian, a regular in the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Am program, is not at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, with the British squad’s new-gen Aston Martin yet to turn any laps in Roar Before the Rolex 24.
An Aston Martin Racing spokesperson confirmed to Sportscar365 of Dalla Lana’s “minor injury” and said he will be in action for the next WEC round at Circuit of The Americas on Feb. 23.
While unconfirmed by Aston, Sportscar365 believes that an effort is being made to find a replacement driver for Daytona, which could see the car still race.
It is understood to be the reason why the team has not yet officially curtailed the three-day test, which runs through Sunday.
Despite being entered under the AMR banner, Dalla Lana brought the entire budget to the program, as he does with the WEC GTE-Am effort.
Dalla Lana was due to share the works-run entry with longtime co-drivers Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda, as well as AMR factory driver Ross Gunn.