Bill Auberlen, America’s most successful sports car driver, will not participate in this weekend’s activities at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The 52-year-old Californian was a late scratch for IMSA’s season finale after learning he’d been in proximity with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, which led to two quick stand-ins being secured by BMW and Turner Motorsport.
“Bill found out just before he flew out to Sebring that someone he had contact with tested positive,” team owner Will Turner told RACER. “He went to get tested, but hasn’t gotten results back yet, so he is staying put.”
The BMW factory driver was slated to compete in Friday’s Michelin Pilot Challenge series race, and in Saturday’s 12-hour WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event. Auberlen has been replaced by Cameron Lawrence in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport MPC entry. Fellow BMW factory pilot Nick Yelloly has taken his place in the No. 96 Turner BMW M6 GT3 in the WeatherTech Championship race.
In August, Auberlen surpassed Scott Pruett’s record of 60 major American sports car victories, claiming No. 61 at Virginia International Raceway before adding a 62nd in October at Charlotte Motor Speedway.