Throughout Friday morning’s closing apply session for IMSA’s season-opener, Novalak was concerned in a pit lane incident and sustained a leg and hip harm.
The group confirmed the accidents weren’t severe however was extreme sufficient to sideline the Frenchman for the rest of the occasion. Consequently, Fittipaldi will be part of Nick Boulle, Jakub Smiechowski and Tom Dillmann the group’s No. 52 entry that competes within the LMP2 class.
Fittipaldi, who will compete full-time within the IndyCar Collection for the 2024 season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, has earlier expertise with Inter Europol Competitors. He drove the ORECA 07 within the European Le Mans Collection in 2022, serving to ship a outstanding podium drive after beginning in the back of the sector at Spa-Francorchamps.
“It is an unlucky state of affairs for the group and Clement,” Fittipaldi stated.
“They’ve been doing an awesome job getting ready for the Daytona 24 Hours. I bought the decision from the group asking me to leap in on the final minute at Daytona, and I will be straight into inexperienced flag racing.
“Thankfully, I’ve expertise with this automotive, and I did the 24-hours final 12 months. It is not going to be a straightforward activity, however I’m wanting ahead to the problem, and I am going to do the perfect job potential for the group.”
Though the group certified second in school, it’s going to possible have to begin on the rear of the LMP2 grid because of the driver change, per IMSA SportsCar Championship guidelines.
Boulle will step in for the beginning of the race, which begins on Saturday at 1:40 pm ET.