TRG Signs Bryce Miller to Join Its Elite Team of GT Drivers for 2008 PETALUMA, Calif., September 27, 2007 -- Team TRG announced today that it has signed 2007 Rolex Series GT Champion co-driver Bryce Miller to a lead driving role for the team for...
TRG Signs Bryce Miller to Join Its Elite Team of GT Drivers for 2008
PETALUMA, Calif., September 27, 2007 -- Team TRG announced today that it has signed 2007 Rolex Series GT Champion co-driver Bryce Miller to a lead driving role for the team for the 2008 season. He will be piloting the No. 66 TRG Marquis Jet Porsche GT3, taking over the recently vacated seat of Andy Lally.
Bryce Miller finished third in the GT driver's chase in 2007, narrowly missing the championship due to being in a different car at the first race of the season. He also took second place in the rookie of the year standings in the Grand-Am GT series. He had an outstanding 10 of 13 podium finishes as well as a victory at Virginia International Raceway.
Bryce's accomplishments include the 2006 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Championship with an impressive five podium finishes and three pole positions including the Road Atlanta Trifecta (pole, win and fastest lap).
Bryce's racing career started at age seven when he began racing karts. In 1992 he was crowned the U.S. Grand National Karting Champion. In 1997 he finished second in the Canadian National Karting Championship and in 1999 was named Rookie of the Year in the Barber Dodge Series. In 1999 and 2000, Bryce competed in the highly competitive Formula 2000 series.
He took time out of his racing career to pursue a college education at the University of Vermont and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in history. During that time he continued testing in Trans-Am with Team Derhaag Motorsports, as well as ran Formula Renault and SPEED GT World Challenge cars.
"I am extremely happy to have Bryce as part of our TRG family for the 2008 season," Kevin Buckler, team owner said. "I have watched him closely for over two years, and I have to say that he has done just an outstanding job in all aspects of his professional driver development. He is committed, experienced, fit and fast. He also understands the position he is about to assume with our team. With Andy moving on to our NASCAR program and Bryce occupying the lead role in our car 66--he will definitely have some big shoes to fill, but I know he is going to do great. We are all behind him 100%."
"With Andy Lally focusing more on his NASCAR career, this opportunity has become available in TRG's GT program," commented Bryce Miller. " I'm very excited and honored - Andy's seat is a huge responsibility and I will have the necessary support at TRG to seriously contend for a championship in '08. TRG is a well established, proven organization having won numerous titles, and Kevin Buckler is a racer who understands team dynamics from a driver's perspective. That is refreshing and encouraging for my driver development. I feel comfortable entrusting this important step of my career with them."
Bryce will begin the 2008 campaign at the famed Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona in a brand new 2008 Porsche GT3 complimented by a strong driver lineup. TRG will, once again, campaign a multi-car championship GT team for 2008 with brand new Grand-Am spec GT3 cars direct from Weissach, Germany. The 2008 cars were specifically built for this series and will be competing against strong factory entries from a variety of manufacturers including Ferrari, BMW, Ford, Pontiac and Mazda.
Team owner Kevin Buckler had these final comments. "We are pleased to be representing Porsche again with a strong effort for 2008 in the Grand-Am series. Our team will be fielding a very competitive multi-car program and I am delighted to kick off the 2008 season with this special driver announcement."