Mid-Ohio: Orbit Racing preview

The ORBIT / Paul Miller Racing team heads to the U.S. heartland this week, ready to compete in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 7. Luke Hines (Essex, England) and Bryce Miller (Summit, N.J.) will contest the...

The ORBIT / Paul Miller Racing team heads to the U.S. heartland this week, ready to compete in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 7. Luke Hines (Essex, England) and Bryce Miller (Summit, N.J.) will contest the GTC class in the No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. They will carry the colors of team sponsors Marquis Jet, Grand Prix Racewear, IPC Systems and TOTAL Lubricants.

Miller has raced at Mid-Ohio many times, but this weekend's race will be the first for Hines on the technical 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio. The pair are competing in only their fourth ALMS race together, but have already shown they can get up to speed quickly. Miller set a class race-lap record at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and Hines led the GTC class in the last two series races, in Utah and at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

Miller is understandably enjoying the competition.

"I am really having a lot of fun driving right now," he said. "Mid-Ohio is a challenging circuit but the team keeps improving, so maybe a podium can be possible."

Hines noted the ORBIT / Paul Miller Racing crew has made changes to minimize the car heat that limited the drivers' performance at Lime Rock Park.

"The team has worked hard on getting the cool suit working well, a box that will blow a lot cooler air and a better drinking system," he said. "I'm hoping that will solve the problem because I think we are definitely quick enough. The last three or four races, we've been good enough to be on the podium, if not the top step, so we just need to put it all together now. If we can keep the heat down in the car, that will allow Bryce and I to perform better."

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The two-hour 45-minute American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7, from 3 pm to 5:45 pm EDT on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course road course in Lexington, Ohio. The race will be broadcast live on radiolemans.com, with live timing/scoring available at imsaracing.net. A feature show will be telecast on CBS Sports on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 12:30 pm to 2 pm EDT.

-source: orbit racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers Luke Hines , Paul Miller , Bryce Miller
Teams Paul Miller Racing