Mario Farnbacher will fill in for the injured Marc Miller at Gradient Racing in next weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.
The Honda Performance Development factory driver will pair up with Till Bechtolsheimer in the team’s No. 66 Acura NSX GT3 Evo for the GT-only race with Miller having been ruled out due to a ruptured achilles tendon from a training accident earlier this week.
“We have made continual improvements this season and I have worked hard to be physically and mentally strong in the car so this injury is beyond frustrating,” Miller explained.
“I will continue to help the team prepare for VIR. Till and I will do our usual pre-event track analysis and simulator work ahead of next week’s race.”
Miller is expected to return to action in time for the start of the 2022 season.
“I will be putting every ounce of effort into a speedy recovery with the support of my doctors, family and friends,” he said. “I look forward to the rehabilitation process and am up for the challenge.”
Farnbacher slips into the seat as Compass Racing is not expected to be present at VIR for the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup.
The German driver has been Compass’ season-long pilot for its Sprint Cup-only campaign.
“First of all I am glad and thankful that Andris [Laivins, team manager] thought about me and I hope that Marc gets well quickly,” said Farnbacher.
“I hope we can put on a really good performance at VIR and close out the Sprint cup season with a great result.”