Paul Miller Racing has completed more than 100 laps of testing as the team prepare for the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona with their Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
Driven by Bryan Sellers, Bryce Miller, Maddison Snow and Andrea Caldarelli made the most of the sessions available to them – after a number of sessions were called off because of damp and cold conditions which wouldn’t have provided much in the way of useful data.
For team owner Paul Miller, that didn’t matter much as the data the quartet did collect – as well as getting re-acclimatised to the ways of Daytona – were of benefit to the team. He said: “We got the car very comfortable for the guys to drive for the duration, for a long-endurance race, and we are leaving here really happy with the setup we have on the car. We know things can change a lot, obviously conditions change, but it was a really successful test for us. We are very pleased.”
Sellers, who is returning to the team for his second season after previously being a mainstay of the Team Falken Tire Porsche team, thought the ROAR Before the 24 proved to be a successful test: “I think the only thing you can judge from the Roar is preparation. What we did was come in, verify what we needed to verify in terms of car balance, get the speed where we needed it to be, and to address some things that need to be fixed as far as ergonomics inside the car to make it easier for the race. Ultimately, I think that is all that you can really get a base for off of the Roar, and we were able to check that stuff off the list. All in all it was a very successful test.”
His returning teammate Bryce Miller faced tests before he even got to Daytona, bad weather in New Jersey delayed him from getting to Florida until Saturday night. However, it didn’t take him long to get settled and start setting fast laps.
“My confidence is up again, it has been three months since I have been out of the car, which may not sound like a lot, but it feels like an eternity in the racing world,” Miller said. “It was good to find some renewed confidence heading into the event.”
The event itself, the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, takes place on January 28 & 29 with The Checkered Flag providing full coverage of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.