Paul Miller Racing Team determined to make good on top pace from Texas saturday at the Oak Tree Grand Prix
DANVILLE, Va. (October 3, 2013) - Bryce Miller, Marco Holzer and the Paul Miller Racing No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche 911 GT3 RSR team return to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend determined to put an end to a recent run of bad luck in Saturday’s American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón Oak Tree Grand Prix.
The No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL team showed race-winning pace in the most recent ALMS event two weeks ago at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Texas only to be knocked from contention with an obscure left-rear suspension issue. The team went several laps down after some in-pit repairs but Holzer managed to set the second fastest GT lap of the race early in his driving shift in the quickly repaired Porsche.
“We had a disappointing weekend in COTA, but we had a really fast car,” Holzer said. “I think we will have the same here because it is similar, you have a lot of fast stuff, and I really love the esses here. You need a strong car and a strong driver as well to try to not lift.”
The Texas disappointment followed a brutal Grand Prix of Baltimore on Labor Day weekend where the No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche was among the half dozen entries sidelined in a massive multi-car wreck at the race start.
The Paul Miller Racing team did put it all together for a season-best fourth-place finish at Road America in the race before the challenging September stretch in Baltimore and Texas. With similarities between the Elkhart Lake circuit and the 3.27-mile VIR course, the No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL team is optimistic for a good showing on Saturday.
“I think we will be fine here,” Holzer said. “The esses, for sure, are the best, and you need a good exit from the Oak Tree corner for the long straight. Also, the last corner is like falling down, but it is a nice place where you can lose and gain a lot of time. The main goal now is to be on the podium and this is why we are here, what we are working on.”
Despite the two-race run of bad luck beyond its control in September, the Paul Miller Racing team is still the highest ranked single-car and privateer entry in the ALMS GT Team Championship. The No. 48 team has 44 points in fourth place and trails only the top-ranked factory and two-car Corvette, BMW and Viper teams that make up the top three.
A two-day event following Thursday’s unofficial test, Friday begins with a pair of practice sessions before GT qualifying that afternoon at 4:05 p.m. EDT. Race-day Saturday starts with a warm-up at 9:35 a.m. EDT before that afternoon’s featured Oak Tree Grand Prix that goes green at 2:15 p.m. EDT.
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