Marcel Fassler will co-drive the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend, filling in for Tommy Milner in one of the two Corvette Racing GTLM entries.
Milner, who regularly pairs with Oliver Gavin, suffered an injury to his left hand in a crash on the opening lap of last Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at CTMP will be the first race Milner has to miss since joining the team in 2011.
“My day went from bad to worse [last] Sunday,” Milner said. “Additional tests after my initial exam at Watkins Glen showed an injury to my left hand that will prevent me from competing this weekend. On the advice of doctors, there is too much risk for further damage and it would be best to allow time for it to heal. I look forward to getting back into the car as soon as I’m able. In the meantime, I’m glad we are able to call on Marcel. He always does a great job for the team, and we’re all confident he’ll do the same this weekend.”
Fassler has been part of Corvette Racing’s endurance lineup for the past four seasons, teaming with Gavin and Milner for 24-hour races at Daytona and Le Mans, and the Sebring 12-hour. His return to Corvette Racing comes just three weeks after his own heavy crash in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I’m very sorry for Tommy’s injury. I’m sure it is a very difficult and frustrating situation for him, and I hope he is back in the Corvette soon,” Fassler commented.
“It will be a different experience driving the C7.R around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park than what I am used to at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. But Corvette Racing is a very close team. We all work well together, so I’m positive the team will do the best job possible helping me get up to speed.”
Milner’s status will be re-evaluated ahead of the July 19-20 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar event at Lime Rock Park next up for Corvette Racing after CTMP.
Elsewhere on the grid, the No. 19 Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3 will miss Mosport due to damage from a crash during practice last Friday for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Additionally, Bia Figueiredo will co-drive the No. 57 Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Acura NSX GT3 with Katherine Legge, taking the place of Christina Nielsen, who co-drove with Legge in every previous 2019 GTD race.