Richard Westbrook will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship return this weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta as part of Grasser Racing Team’s lineup in GT Daytona.
Westbrook is set to sub for Lamborghini factory driver Franck Perera in the No. 11 GRT Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo alongside Richard Heistand and Steijn Schothorst.
Perera is on GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup duty with Emil Frey Racing this weekend at the Nürburgring.
“Unfortunately Franck has to miss this round,” said Heistand. “We’ll miss you Franck.
“That said we are very lucky to have sports car legend and former iRacing nemesis Richard Westbrook coming in to show us the way.”
It will mark Westbrook’s first WeatherTech Championship start since the completion of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s factory GT Le Mans program at the end of last year.
The 45-year-old Englishman has taken part in Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie rounds in a Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo and is due to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin Racing.
“First of all I want to thank Gottfried for inviting me to join GRT in Road Atlanta,” said Westbrook.
“I’ve really missed racing in IMSA in the states and it’s a great track to make my return in. The team is top-notch; they have an incredible record and I have really two very fast teammates.
“The car and class are new to me so there will be some learning but I know the car will be competitive and I know the track and this style of racing so well there is a lot of optimism going into the weekend.”
GRT’s No. 11 Lamborghini, which had been confirmed for the Michelin Endurance Cup races, was not on the initial entry list for the six-hour enduro last week, which featured 28 cars.