BRASELTON, GA (Friday, October 13, 2023) — It was a challenging qualifying in changing conditions at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta today, where the Paul Miller Racing team qualified 11th on the grid for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans.
Starting Madison Snow on rain tires for the session, the No. 1 Quartz Engine Oil-backed BMW M4 GT3 struggled with pace as the rain stopped and the track dried out over the course of the session.
Snow and co-drivers Bryan Sellers and Corey Lewis will have 10 hours to fight to the front in the final race of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Already champions in the season-long fight and the Sprint Cup, the trio sit just four points out of the lead of winning their second Michelin Endurance Cup title, but will have to fight through the pack to get there.
“We simply made the wrong call on tires, that happens sometimes when the weather is changing and unfortunately it means we have a long fight ahead of us tomorrow,” Paul Miller Racing team owner, Paul Miller, said.
“The car has been quick in practice and the drivers are happy with the setup, so I think as long as we can make it through the start cleanly, there’s no reason we can’t move forward over the course of the race tomorrow and we have a full 10 hours to do so.”
Saturday’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans race will air flag-to-flag on NBC Peacock beginning at 11:40 AM. Television coverage will be available on USA Network starting at 6:30 PM.
“Qualifying in those conditions was a bit tricky. It had just rained before the start of our session, and we weren’t sure what kind of conditions our qualifying session would have, and that made it challenging. And, once we got out on track we got hit in the back of our car which caused a little bit of damage, that didn’t help. We definitely didn’t qualify where we wanted to, especially compared to where we’ve qualified this year. But, we showed pace in practice and the car has been good, and it’s a really long race. We just need to keep our nose clean and work our way up through the race and be there at the end.”