Parker Chase will miss this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge finale at Watkins Glen following a family bereavement.
The Texan, who secured the SprintX GT Pro-Am title last time out at Utah Motorsports Campus alongside Ryan Dalziel, won’t be competing in the final Sprint round of the season.
He would have headed to the New York circuit third in the GTA Sprint standings and sixth in the overall GT drivers’ championship.
“It is disappointing to miss an event any time of the year but family comes first,” Chase said.
“We had a death in the family and made the tough decision to not attend the season finale at Watkins.
“Our partners are supportive of our decision and for that we thank them. There are quite a few off-season events this year, so we will be back at the track soon.”
The withdrawal of Chase’s TruSpeed Autosport-run Audi R8 LMS drops the GT grid size to 12 cars, including eight in the Pro class.