Luca Stolz will replace Will Power in SunEnergy1 Racing’s lineup for next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona following Power’s withdrawal from the event due to family health reasons.
The reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion was due to make his sports car racing debut with fellow American-based Australian Kenny Habul in the No. 75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, but has backed out of the race due to complications from his wife’s recent surgery.
“Liz (wife) has had a couple of complications after surgery this week and has a long recovery ahead of her,” said Power. “Obviously her health is my priority and unfortunately that means I have had to put Daytona on hold.
“I have to thank Kenny for the opportunity and his total understanding of our situation and the support he has shown.
“I will be cheering them on from North Carolina and hopefully we get another opportunity to do something together in the future.”
Power will be replaced by Mercedes-AMG factory driver Stolz, who will now complete the lineup in the GTD class entry alongside Habul, Fabian Schiller and Axcil Jefferies.
“In these situations, it really goes without saying, that family comes first,” said Habul. “The first priority is Liz and her health and we wish her the fastest recovery possible.
“Given our history racing against each other in Formula Ford in Australia all those years ago, it was going to be cool to drive with Will at Daytona, but I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities for us to team-up in the future.
“We welcome Luca to our Daytona lineup, who is no stranger to the SunEnergy1 team.”
Stolz was part of SunEnergy1’s winning lineup in last year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and also previously contested other GT3 races with Habul.