Grand-Am Road Racing has announced that president Roger Edmondson is taking a leave of absence, effective immediately, to address personal health issues.

An official statement to the media added:

"Grand-Am has grown and flourished under Edmondson's leadership since its inception in 1999.

"Tom Bledsoe will assume the day-to-day leadership role for Grand-Am and continue to be supported by the management team including vice president of competition Dave Spitzer, managing director of competition Mark Raffauf and vice president of marketing & communications Kevin Hindson.

"Additionally, Grand-Am continues to have the full backing and resources of NASCAR, which purchased Grand-Am in 2008.

"Bledsoe has fulfilled the role of chief operating officer for Grand-Am during the past eight years and has held the position of treasurer for NASCAR since 1993.

"In his elevated role within Grand-Am, Bledsoe will continue to provide strong leadership as its chief operating officer and chair the Grand-Am Management Committee."