The new Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 team has opted out of IMSA’s return to action at the July 4 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race set for Daytona International Speedway.
The GT Daytona effort made its debut in January at the Rolex 24 At Daytona with team principal/driver Ian James partnering AMR factory driver Nicky Thiim and full-season pilots Alex Riberas and Roman de Angelis. The No. 23 Aston Martin was the first entry to retire, though, after suffering a hard crash.
“As a team, we are very fortunate to not have any external commercial pressures factoring in our decision-making process on when we go back racing,” James said. “We are racers to the core and want to be out there competing; but we have decided on a conservative approach to going back.”
James and the team’s leadership group will monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and make an assessment on the best time to resume traveling and racing in IMSA’s GTD category.
“Our team owners are incredibly supportive and team well-being is priority number one,” he added. “From what I know, IMSA are doing everything possible to make sure that the conditions will be safe for all involved, and I am sure we will be back in the paddock in the near future.”