Paul Miller Racing Team’s Luck Changes in 11th Hour at Daytona

January 31, 2016

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey (January 31, 2016) The Paul Miller Racing team’s luck changed dramatically in the 11th hour of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah), Mirko Bortolotti (Italy) and Bryce Miller (Summit, N.J.) all led the GTD class during the second quarter of the season-opening endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. Then a hit from another car sent the No. 48 Castrol/UIS Lamborghini Huracán GT3 to the garage for a lengthy repair.

Miller was behind the wheel when he was spun down the inside pit wall. He was unhurt, but the crew were forced to return to the garage to replace the car’s rear suspension, left-front toe link and rear bodywork. After a 96-minute stop, the team returned to the track 21st and 39 laps behind the class leader. Bryan Sellers (Atlanta) was driving at the halfpoint of the 24-hour race, 20th in class.

Mirko Bortolotti (after his stint): “We did a different strategy with this stint; we decided to go conservative with the tires. I’m quite happy with the balance of the car. We kept P1 for a long time and had quite a good lead, but all the safety car periods are packing up the group again and then it’s all gone. For now, I’m really happy we are there. The team are doing a great job.”

Bryce Miller: “It’s a real shame and it’s really unnecessary that our contention for this race is done at the halfway point. The other car really rammed into us; it wasn’t contact that you could attempt to recover from. I was committed to a full braking zone, pulling downshifts and setting up for turn one, and he came from a distance back and did a banzai maneuver. The contact he made with the left-rear corner was really significant, enough to completely spin the car down the inside pit wall. It really chewed the car up and we lost a lot of time in the garage. I feel really disheartened, I feel bad for the team and my co-drivers. This is going to be a really hard one to get over, knowing that we had such a good car.”

 

time              driver                 GTD pos.           action

6h05             Snow                  1                         class lead

6h50             change               1                         pit – Snow out, Bortolotti in, fuel, tires

7h00             Bortolotti          1                         class lead

7h45                                         1                         pit – fuel, oil

8h15                                         2

8h43             change               2                         pit – Bortolotti out, Miller in, fuel, tires

9h39             Miller                 2                         pit – fuel

10h14                                       1                         class lead

10h16           change               2                         contact, to garage, replaced rear suspension, left-front

toe link and rear bodywork; Miller out, Sellers in

11h52           Sellers                21                       pit – fuel

 

Paul Miller Racing is a leading GTD team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team placed second in the 2014 IMSA series GTD standings and third in 2015.


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