Paul Miller Racing’s Ryan Hardwick will miss the rest of the IMSA season following an injury to his left knee after a crash at Canadian Tyre Motorsports Park, the team has confirmed.
On the advice of doctors, Hardwick will undergo reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Corey Lewis, who replaced Hardwick at Lime Rock Park, will fill-in for the rest of the season.
“I received MRI test results that showed that I have a torn ACL as well as tears in the meniscus cartilage in my left knee. These injuries will require reconstructive surgery to repair.” Hardwick said.
“I have surgery scheduled next week, which will give me time to heal and rehabilitate so that I can be ready for the beginning of the 2020 racing season. This is not the way I wanted or envisioned my rookie season of GT Daytona to end, but bad things can happen in a split second when racing at this level.”
“I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to compete with my team for the rest of the season. I’ve been learning so much in each and every race. For my first season to end like this is really difficult to accept,”
Hardwick said that he will be doing what he can to support Lewis and Bryan Sellers for the rest of the season. Lewis was the pre-determined third driver for the endurance rounds and the team had not made a decision on who will fill in as the third driver for Petit Le Mans.
“Everyone at Paul Miller Racing is really disappointed for Ryan,” Paul Miller Racing founder, Paul Miller said.
“It is such an unfortunate way for his rookie season to end. Our hearts are with Ryan and his family as he faces this surgery. We hope all goes well, and he is quickly on the road to recovery. He was really looking forward to some of these upcoming tracks but is important for him to get the knee right and be ready to get back on track for 2020,” Miller added.
The crash that Hardwick was injured in occurred in practice and involved contact with a DPi. Paul Miller Racing was forced to withdraw from the weekend’s meeting, its Lamborghini Huracan GT3 damaged beyond repair.
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