A lingering illness for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver Joey Hand has sidelined the Californian for the second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.
In his place, Sebastien Bourdais is back in the No. 66 Ford GT for the second time since Long Beach where he’ll share the car with Dirk Muller. Hand, who is dealing with a virus, was close to driving at Mid-Ohio but the decision was made to give him additional time to recover leading into June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Muller and Bourdais currently rank fourth in IMSA’s GT Le Mans standings. After missing Long Beach, Hand fell to 12th in points, and with his absence this weekend, Muller will be the only driver from the No. 66 entry to have a chance at earning the Drivers’ title.