Lance Willsey has departed Sean Creech Motorsport with immediate effect, leaving the LMP3 team with an uncertain future in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Bronze-rated driver informed team principal Sean Creech earlier this month that he will relinquish driving duties of the No. 33 Ligier JS P320 Nissan, citing personal and business concerns.
Willsey, 60, was due to mount a full-season campaign alongside four-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Joao Barbosa.
It leaves the first-year WeatherTech Championship squad, which boasts a 30-year history in sports car racing with Creech, in search of a replacement funded driver or sponsorship to complete the LMP3 season.
“We are grateful to Lance for his hard work and dedication as we formed the team late last year,” said Creech.
“We are disappointed that he cannot continue but hope that we can find a driver to compete alongside João for the rest of the 2021 season.
“Our biggest focus right now is to keep the IMSA team going.
“We have a great deal of other work going on now in our shop, including an IPC program, as well as restoration and customer testing programs. But IMSA continues to be our primary focus going forward, both for the remainder of this season and looking ahead to 2022.
“As I said when we joined the WeatherTech series, we’re in this for the long haul so are looking forward to being able to continue moving this part of our program forward.”
The team currently sits second in the Michelin Endurance Cup standings ahead of the Sahlen’s Six Hour of The Glen, the next LMP3 race on the WeatherTech Championship schedule on June 25-27.