MONTEREY, Calif. (May 9, 2013) – Bryce Miller, Marco Holzer and the Paul Miller Racing No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche 911 GT3 RSR team will be looking for their first top-five finish and much more at this weekend’s American Le Mans Monterey four-hour endurance race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, May 9 – 11.
The American Le Mans Monterey is the third round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Race coverage on ESPN2 begins at 4 p.m. EDT this Sunday, May 12, with live coverage available on ESPN3 starting at 6:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 p.m. PDT on Saturday, May 11.
Miller, Holzer and the No. 48 Chopard/Total Paul Miller Racing Porsche team finished sixth in both March’s season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring and last month’s street race in Long Beach. Both races saw the team race in the lead pack and on the leader’s pace only to see some bad luck prevent top five or possibly even podium results. Another competitive performance, with a little good fortune thrown in, could result in the Chopard/TOTAL team’s best 2013 to date this weekend at Laguna Seca.
“I am really looking forward to Laguna Seca,” Bryce Miller. “We keep improving and the speed is starting to show now. We just need to string it all together into a result.”
The Paul Miller Racing team has performed flawlessly this year, turning out a well prepared Porsche at both Sebring and Long Beach. Only some ill-timed caution periods in the Sebring race, and a cut tire in qualifying that forced a last-place starting position at Long Beach, have kept the team and drivers from realizing the true potential of their Michelin-shod Porsche.
“This weekend’s race is four hours which means strategy and pit stops will play an important role,” Bryce Miller said.” This circuit is one of my favorites with all the elevation change and the corkscrew segment. I’m really having a lot of fun driving again with these Michelins now on the car.”
Paul Miller Racing is in its first season on Michelin tires and the team and drivers have adapted well to the new tires. Holzer posted the fastest GT practice lap at Long Beach and similar strong results on the Michelins are expected this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“I am really looking forward to Laguna Seca, it is a great track to drive with famous corners, especially the Corkscrew,” Holzer said. “And I am really looking for a good position that brings us up in the championship!”
Miller finished fifth in the GTC class in the 2010 ALMS race at Laguna Seca in addition to a third-place GT finish in the 2007 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race in Monterey.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the first permanent and natural terrain road course on the 2013 calendar, following the legendary Sebring airport circuit and the equally iconic Long Beach street course. The 2.238-mile, 11-turn Monterey track is equally revered around the world and features dramatic elevation changes and legendary features such as the Turn 2 Andretti Hairpin and The Corkscrew. The track’s location on the Monterey Peninsula also makes it a favorite stop for teams and drivers alike.
Additional content online content for this weekend’s American Le Mans Monterey is available on www.ALMS.com, including live and timing and scoring and in-car cameras. Viewers outside the U.S. can also watch all ALMS races live onwww.ALMS.com.
About Paul Miller Racing
Paul Miller Racing is among the top GT teams competing in North American sports car road racing. In 2013, the team will contest the full American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón with lead driver Bryce Miller and season-long teammate Marco Holzer. The team enjoys a long-standing relationship with Porsche and competes with the support of Chopard, TOTAL Lubricants, Search Marketing Group, Motegi Racing and competes exclusively on Michelin tires.
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