DALLAS, Texas – AIM Vasser Sullivan has announced the addition of driver Parker Chase for the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 9-12 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
“AIM Vasser Sullivan is pleased to announce that Parker (Chase) will be driving for our team during the Petit Le Mans race,” said AIM Vasser Sullivan co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “Parker is a young, up and coming driver, and we look forward to helping him develop his career.”
AIM Vasser Sullivan campaigns two identically prepared Lexus RC F GT3s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Chase joins Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand behind the wheel of the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus. Last weekend, Hawksworth and Heistand, concluded the inaugural IMSA GTD Sprint Cup Manufacturer and Team Championship with a second-place finish.
Chase joins AIM Vasser Sullivan after most recently competing for Starworks Motorsports. As a result of Chase’s departure and the departure of a sponsor, Starworks has withdrawn from the Motul Petit Le Mans.
“Without a doubt, this has been a challenging season, and sometimes it’s better to regroup and focus on the future,” said Starworks Motorsports team owner Peter Baron. “Multiple things outside our control set us up for failure since day one. I’m very proud of how we operated and wouldn’t change a thing we did as a team.
“What we can do moving forward is change what we have control over and prepare ourselves for a better year ahead,” added Baron. “We’ve been working on our 2020 plans for some time, and look forward to getting the final players and pieces in place. We are happy for Parker to get this opportunity with another program and wish him the best.”
Chase, 18, a native of New Braunfels, Texas, is one of North America’s up and coming sports cars drivers. He began racing in Karts at the age of 10 winning multiple championships, is the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Rookie of the Year and the 2018 World Challenge SprintX Pro/AM Champion.
“I’m really excited to be joining AIM Vasser Sullivan for the Petit Le Mans,” said Chase. “The team has had great success in their first year in IMSA, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this leads. I really want to thank Sulli (James Sulli Sullivan), Jimmy (Vasser) and Andrew (Bordin) for this opportunity.”