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GEAR, Grasser Part Ways

GEAR vows to continue with new program later in WeatherTech Championship season…

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GEAR Racing is set to part ways with Grasser Racing Team, with the all-female lineup likely to skip at least the next two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.

Multiple sources have indicated to Sportscar365 that the Austrian squad has severed ties with the Mark Ruggieri-owned organization, which debuted in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen, Rahel Frey and Tatiana Calderon.

Plans were in place to contest the entire WeatherTech Championship season in the No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo with Nielsen and Legge, which was to be operated by the Gottfried Grasser-led team.

The cause of the breakup remains unclear, although a representative for GEAR confirmed in a statement that it plans to continue the WeatherTech Championship but with a different yet-to-be-announced effort.

“We at GEAR are dedicated to continuing our efforts in IMSA with an all-female program,” the statement read. “At this time we are exploring all of our options and determining what the best path forward for the program will be.

“We hope to have something definitive worked out in the upcoming weeks.

“As it relates to the Daytona race and Sebring races in July, it appears that it’s just too short of a time span for us to come to a conclusion.

“Just some of the other teams that are looking to return at Road America, that looks to be the timeline for us too.”

Sportscar365 understands that Grasser is aiming to still field two Lamborghinis for IMSA’s return to racing at Daytona on July 3-4, although its Magnus entry for John Potter and Andy Lally remains the only officially confirmed lineup so far.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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