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Late Start, Fast Finish for Paul Miller Racing in 2022

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Switching to BMW delayed the team’s entry to the track this season, but the No. 1 car finished brilliantly

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Godwin Kelly

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – One of the most spectacular rallies of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season has gone virtually unnoticed by the masses.

Paul Miller Racing, with drivers Brian Sellers and Madison Snow, started the campaign without a race car, but by the end of the season had two GT Daytona (GTD) victories to win the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup championship.

Although sixth place overall for GTD drivers and teams is not often noteworthy, if they were able to race the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season and finish ninth or higher, PMR, Sellers and Snow would wear the crown as a season team. and driver champions.

This season, the team switched from the Lamborghini they drove with great success from 2016 to 2021 to the new BMW M4 GT3. There was only one problem: BMW had a flood of orders and didn’t have a PMR-ready car in time to compete in the Rolex 24.

PMR, who won the 2018 GTD Championship and the 2020 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup with Sellers and Snow, received the No. 1 BMW M4 GT3 just in time to launch the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts, but competed early on in German track incident. But there was also a positive side to this story.

“At Sebring, we were knocked off the track and our suspension was severely damaged due to the LMP3 car spinning,” said team owner Paul Miller. “When it happened, the Sebring race became a test session for us because we had a two-hour stop to assemble the rear suspension. After we fixed that, we decided to just use the rest of the race as a test.”

This test proved invaluable. This gave the team a base to work from and allowed Sellers and Snow to explore the nuances of the new BMW.

“Madison and Brian put in a lot of effort to figure out how to drive this thing because it’s a completely different animal than a Lamborghini,” Miller said. “We could corner this car, put on the brakes and keep going. You can’t drive a BMW like that. The brakes are not very good, but this is not a style, the car loves to go fast. Madison and Brian did a great job adapting to a completely different driving style.”

Now that the team has a year of experience with BMW, Miller has re-evaluated a product that he says has the durability of a tank.

“The great thing about BMW was that it was incredibly reliable,” he said. “BMW has done a lot of reliability testing, but not speed testing on this car. They didn’t really know how competitive the car would be. The car is just fabulous.

“We’ve been run over a few times, blown off and pushed, and we’ve sheared tires, but we’ve never blown out the front end of the suspension or anything like that,” he added. “It’s really incredible. It was a great car for us. The first year we were able to win the Sprint Cup was fantastic.”

The prospect of more success at the PMR camp for 2023 has increased with him starting this season without a car, followed by victories at Long Beach and Lime Rock Park, as well as three additional podium finishes to take home the Sprint Cup. With the help of PMR, BMW also won the title of manufacturer of the GTD season.

“Our expectations are high,” Miller said. “We are very optimistic about 2023. We think we have a real chance. This year we have done a lot of tests. BMW is an amazing car and it is very durable. We are very excited about the next season.”



Source: www.imsa.com

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