(May 21, 2010) — Bryce Miller and Orbit will start the American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from fifth on the GTC class grid. Miller, of Summit, N.J., qualified the team’s No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in one minute 28.126 seconds at an average speed of 91.424 mph on the 2.238-mile road course in Monterey, Calif. He will drive the first stint in the six-hour race on Saturday, followed by Luke Hines of London, England, and John McMullen of Spring Lake, N.J.
“We’re pretty excited about the improvements we’re making as a team. Everything is moving forward and the team is taking shape,” Miller said. “We missed the [car] setup for qualifying, so the result isn’t as good as what we know that we’re capable of, but it’s okay because we’re in the top five. That will be good enough to go ahead and race for six hours and compete for a result.
“The track has really low grip levels and it’s very ‘green’ and dusty. The ambient temperature is really cold, as well, and there’s just not a lot of rubber down because it’s so early in the season. Everyone is dealing with the same grip and traction issues. But we should have a good car to race to a podium tomorrow.”
The Orbit Porsche carries the colors of sponsors Marquis Jet, Grand Prix Racewear, IPC Systems, TOTAL Petroleum, Bergen County Auto Group and Macha Racing.
The six-hour American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm PT (5:30 pm to 11:30 pm ET), on the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course in Monterey, Calif. A race feature show will be telecast on CBS Sports on Saturday, May 29 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm ET. The race will air live on radiolemans.com and live timing/scoring will be available at imsaracing.net.
Bryce Miller and Luke Hines compete with the support of four international sponsors. Marquis Jet is the recognized leader in private jet cards because it’s the only program that offers exclusive access to NetJets – the gold standard in private aviation – 25 hours at a time. Grand Prix Racewear is a respected supplier of motorsport protective clothing and driver accessories, based at Silverstone Circuit in England. The company offers worldwide delivery of 15,000 product lines. IPC Information Systems is a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions to financial services firms. TOTAL Lubricants is the world’s fourth-largest publicly traded integrated international oil and gas company.
John McMullen is supported by Bergen County Auto Group, auto wholesalers and purveyors of fine classic and muscle cars, and by Macha Racing precision parts and products.