Tim George passes away after medical emergency at Sportscar Encore

IMSA has announced that Dr. Tim M. George has passed away after experiencing a medical emergency while competing in yesterday's Michelin Sportscar Encore at Sebring International Raceway.

George was driving the #2 ANSA Motorsports Ligier JSP3-Nissan when he reportedly made his way onto pit road around the halfway point of the race and came to a halt in the middle of the pitlane. The car had no known mechanical issues. 

Track medical personnel immediately tended to George, after which he was transported to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

IMSA said in a statement: “The IMSA family is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Tim George today. He was a long-time IMSA competitor and a friend to many in the paddock. At this difficult time we would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to his wife Rosalind and the rest of their family.”

George, a neurosurgeon and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was a competitor in the IMSA Prototype Challenge in recent years, as well as a number of other series. He was 59 years old.

Motorsport Week offers its heartfelt condolences to George's family and friends during this difficult time.