British sportscar driver Andy Meyrick returned to join Panoz DeltaWing Racing and full-season drivers Katherine Legge and Sean Rayhall for the final race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Meyrick has been involved with Don Panoz’ DeltaWing program since 2013. Originally a full-season driver for the team, in 2015 Meyrick stepped back to the four endurance races due to his full-time racing commitments with Bentley Motorsports.
During Saturday’s race, Meyrick took over from Legge on Lap 64 during the first Full Course Yellow. After four laps the green flag was waved and Meyrick put on a strong performance with the car up in seventh. Meyrick drove a double-stint and handed the car over to Rayhall on Lap 135 a little over three-hours into the race. Just shy of the four-hour mark, Rayhall lost all power, and on guiding the car back to the pit-stand, the crew established that the timing chain had broken and the race ended early for Panoz DeltaWing Racing.
“It’s a very disappointing end to the season, not just for me but the team and Dr Panoz. The strategy was working to our favour, the pit stops were good, and the car’s performance was great. I believe we were really in with a chance of a good result had the engine issue not arisen. The team have done a brilliant job all season and deserved a better result,” said Meyrick following the race.
“I really enjoy working with this team. They consistently take what they learn on track and work hard to improve and develop the car and its performance. I’ve been with them now for four years and it’s been a truly unique but always fun experience and a great learning curve for me personally as a development driver.”