SEBRING, FL (Friday, March 17, 2023) — Paul Miller Racing’s Madison Snow qualified the No. 1 Quartz Engine Oil-backed BMW M4 GT3 machine seventh on the grid for Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring—but post-qualifying penalties boosted the team to a fifth place start.
Snow with co-drivers Bryan Sellers and Corey Lewis will be looking to match their 2018 Sebring result, where the three drivers claimed victory as part of their championship-winning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign.
The race also marks the one-year anniversary race of the team first receiving their BMW M4—which has seen them win two races, Long Beach and Lime Rock Park, as well as clinch the 2022 Sprint Cup championship.
“I think everyone at BMW feels like P7 is a pole position for us, and to get up to fifth after technical inspection is just a plus,” Paul Miller Racing team manager, Mitchell Simmons, said.
“We had to really dig deep for today’s result. We’re not sure how many laps we can keep that pace up with the current tire deg, but we have a good car for racing and hopefully we can get a little bit of rain and equalize the field and be there at the end.
“The team worked all night to make a lot of changes to the car and that really paid dividends. And Madison, he drove one of the best laps I have ever seen him drive around Sebring. I’m super proud of everyone’s effort this weekend, and now we just have to carry that hard work into tomorrow and hopefully to a good result.”
Saturday’s 12 hour race goes green March 18, at 10:10 AM. Beginning at 4:30 PM, the race will air at USA Network. However, the entire event, flag-to-flag, will be available on NBC Peacock.
“The team worked really hard to get our car ready for qualifying at the race. They worked a lot overnight, and it definitely paid off! The car was so much better today than it was in practice. We’re still struggling with tire deg, and with straight line speed, but there’s not a ton we can do about that, so the focus tomorrow is to persevere. We know our strengths at this team, especially when it comes to putting together a strategy for an endurance race, and we’ll definitely have to lean on that for a good result.”