LMP2 championship leaders Performance Tech Motorsports has withdrawn from this weekend’s TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta due to “circumstances surrounding COVID-19.”
It has left only two LMP2 entries for the second round of the Michelin Endurance Cup.
According to a statement from the Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based team, it has elected to skip the race at Road Atlanta after “reviewing the mandated quarantine and travel restrictions that directly affect crew and drivers.”
Don Yount had been the only confirmed driver in the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson on the initial entry list, which was released last week.
Performance Tech driver Cameron Cassels, who currently holds a one-point lead in the LMP2 championship standings, hails from Canada, which has faced continued travel struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Several other Canadian drivers have pulled out of other sports car racing championships due to the country’s 14-day quarantine upon arrival mandate.
“This season has been really difficult for everyone and is even harder for teams like us who have international members,” said team principal Brent O’Neill
“We still have two Prototype Challenge races left that I need my guys in the country and healthy for, so we’ve shifted our focus to Round 5 at Mid-Ohio.
“It’s always tough to miss a race but there are a lot of more moving pieces than usual so I think we made the right call by sitting this week out.”
O’Neill said the team plans to contest the Motul Petit Le Mans and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and remaining IMSA Prototype Challenge rounds.