WeatherTech Racing has taken over the auto-invite initially awarded to Misha Goikhberg for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Sportscar365 has confirmed that IMSA has allocated the entry to David MacNeil-owned organization after Goikhberg elected not to take up the invite to the French endurance classic through winning this year’s Trueman Award.
Goikhberg received the invite for the second consecutive year after being the top-placed gentleman driver in the Prototype class, although the entry, initially allocated to JDC-Miller Motorsports for use in LMP2, went un-used in the 2018 race.
An IMSA spokesperson confirmed the changeover, which ensures the the representation of at least two U.S.-based teams in the GTE-Am class.
Keating Motorsports is the recipient of the second IMSA auto-invite, courtesy of Ben Keating’s Akin Award in GT Daytona.
WeatherTech has yet to comment on its Le Mans plans, although it is likely to feature Cooper MacNeil at the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GTE, which the organization has utilized in the previous two Le Mans outings.
MacNeil, Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell drove a Scuderia Corsa/Kessel Racing-run Ferrari in 2017, while MacNeil was part of JMW Motorsport’s fourth place class finish in this year’s race alongside Jeff Segal and Liam Griffin.