Paul Miller Racing will make the switch from Lamborghini to BMW machinery in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year, announcing Tuesday the return of its full-season drivers Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow.
The former class champions confirmed in November that it would end its longtime partnership with the Italian manufacturer after receiving an offer to move to the new-for-2022 GTD Pro class with an all-factory driver lineup.
The team has instead elected to retain its longtime driver pairing of Sellers and Snow and remain in GTD but switch to the new BMW M4 GT3.
Its additional driver for the Michelin Endurance Cup races have yet to be announced although the team will skip this month’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona due to new car availability.
Sportscar365 understands the decision to go with BMW came as late as November’s Motul Petit Le Mans, with the German manufacturer having already allocated its first batch of cars.
Team owner Paul Miller has a long history with BMW as part of the Paul Miller Auto Group, with the first iteration of Paul Miller BMW opening in 2000.
The current, purpose-built Paul Miller BMW dealership broke ground in 2007 and opened to the public in 2008 in Wayne, N.J.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to win championships and some of the biggest races possible in sports cars over the last six seasons,” said Paul Miller.
“However, we’re excited to tackle this new challenge with BMW. As someone who has been intimately involved with BMW as a dealer for over 20 years, I’ve seen firsthand the performance of their road cars and watched their success in competition.
“So, we are excited to join them on the motorsports side! The M4 GT3 is a very impressive race car with tremendous originality infused in its design. I’m looking forward to us racing it in IMSA starting in March.
“Originally, we weren’t going to receive the car until April, but the team at BMW M Motorsports have done a great job to ensure we will be able to compete from Sebring onward this season.”
Miller added: “We’re also very glad to have Madison and Bryan back as part of this team again in 2022.
“This entire team is like a family, and those two are a massive part of that environment. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they’re quick in a race car!
“The results from both really speak for themselves and I think with the M4 GT3 on their side, they will continue to be a formidable pairing in 2022.”
Sellers and Snow will continue together as one of the most successful pro-am driver pairings in IMSA history.
“The M6 has been a formidable competitor the past few seasons, and I expect the BMW M4 GT3 to meet or exceed that level of performance on track,” said Sellers.
“The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is going to be a tough series again this year, but Madison and I work really well together, and I’m excited to keep that going in 2022 and hopefully take home some hardware with this team.”
Snow added: “Bryan and I were lucky enough to check out the BMW at Petit Le Mans and actually got a chance to sit in the car. We only had a few minutes to look at it but I was absolutely blown away by how impressive it was.
“It would appear to accommodate a range of driver heights much better than any other car I have ever driven—which co-driving with Bryan is much appreciated.
“Besides that, right off the bat it is one of the comfiest cars ergonomically to sit in with a lot of room on the inside. I can’t wait to be able to race it in 2022.”
Sportscar365 believes that it’s highly unlikely that Sellers and Snow will be in a car at Daytona to score points for the season-opener.