Road America: Bryce Miller preview

Bryce Miller will return to the site of his first American Le Mans Series victory this week, driving the No. 87 Marquis Jet / IPC Systems Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The Summit, N.J., driver combined with Dirk Werner...

Bryce Miller will return to the site of his first American Le Mans Series victory this week, driving the No. 87 Marquis Jet / IPC Systems Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The Summit, N.J., driver combined with Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany, and Richard Westbrook of London, England, to win the GT2 class with Farnbacher Loles Racing last year.

Miller will alternate stints in this Sunday's two-hour 45-minute race with Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler of Nurtingen, Germany. Both drivers carry the momentum of racing in the Total 24 Hours of Spa -- more than eight times the distance they will cover this week. Miller earned a second-place GT2 finish in the July 25 race, his first on the daunting Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

"Road America is one of my favorite circuits -- maybe my favorite, until I found Spa," Miller said. "It's really high-speed and the RSR is fun to drive there, especially because of the assistance that the Porsche's extra aerodynamics lends to the performance of the car at a high-speed circuit like that. It's good to be going back after having won there last year."

The 2008 four-hour race ended at dusk, challenging drivers and crews to optimize car setups as the track cooled and temperatures dropped. Miller believes this year's early start and shorter distance could contribute to an exciting race.

"I think it makes it easier to have a shorter race. There is some guesswork for the teams when the track temperature drops and it can be difficult to determine what the tire pressures should be as we're nearing the end of the race. It's a benefit for the team and drivers to not have to deal with those factors," he explained. "But when you have larger margins to make errors in, that's one more opportunity for someone to step out and gain an advantage. So it will probably make for some pretty close racing."

-credit: brycemiller.net

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Series ALMS
Drivers Wolf Henzler , Dirk Werner , Richard Westbrook , Bryce Miller