Sean Creech Motorsport withdraws from IMSA season finale at Road Atlanta due to driver’s family emergency

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Team to miss IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale as driver Lance Willsey faces family emergency

Sean Creech Motorsport has announced its withdrawal from the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Road Atlanta. The decision comes as a result of a family emergency involving one of the team’s drivers, Lance Willsey.

Throughout the current IMSA WeatherTech season, Sean Creech Motorsport has participated in the LMP3 class, taking part in all races. However, the team will not compete in the upcoming 10-hour season finale scheduled for Saturday, October 14.

Joao Barbosa has been a consistent presence for the team throughout the year, driving the #33 Ligier JS P320. Lance Willsey joined the team for five rounds, most recently at the Battle on the Bricks event in Indianapolis.

Lance Willsey’s unavailability for the race is due to a family emergency, prompting Team Principal Sean Creech to comment on the situation. Creech expressed disappointment at not being able to participate in the Petit Le Mans event but emphasized the importance of Lance Willsey’s family needs.

While this season has not yielded a class win for the team, as they transitioned from Endurance Cup rounds to the full season, Joao Barbosa and Nico Pino achieved second place at the Sportscar Weekend held at Road America.

It was initially expected that the team would compete in the final race for the LMP3 class in the WeatherTech package, bringing the total entries to 53 for the event.

In preparation for the 2024 season, Sean Creech Motorsport conducted its first test of the LMP2 car at Daytona last week, signaling a shift in focus to the upcoming season. The team plans to continue testing the Ligier JS P217 over the next few months to ensure they are well-prepared for the Daytona events in January.

The IMSA 2024 season is set to begin with the Roar Before the 24 event on January 19-21, followed by the 61st edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 27-28.