Paul Miller Racing will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the same driver, crew and race-car package the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 team drove to one race victory and third-place in the IMSA GT Daytona championship standings this past season.
Full-season drivers Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow return for a second-straight year in the team’s No. 48 Lamborghini, which produced the majority of the on-track success for the Italian manufacturer in its first year of IMSA competition.
Bryce Miller is also back in 2017 as the team’s third driver in the four-race Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup while a fourth driver from Lamborghini’s lineup of factory drivers will complete the lineup for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Longtime Paul Miller Racing Team Manager Mitchell Simmons, Engineer/Strategist Dave Fullerton, Crew Chief Bobby Garcia and every other key member of the team also continue with Paul Miller Racing in 2017.
“This past season was all about growing together as a team and building what has become a great partnership with Lamborghini,” said Paul Miller Racing Team Owner Paul Miller.
“When we arrived to start the year in Daytona, we had undertaken more changes than we ever had before as a team, with two new drivers and a brand-new race car, so to see where we ended up at the end of the year’s 12 races was incredibly satisfying.”
After rebounding from a competitive but challenging Rolex 24 At Daytona with a sixth-place finish at Sebring and seventh at Laguna Seca, the No. 48 team first showed a sign of things to come in Round 4 at Detroit.
Sellers won the pole on the Motown street circuit – the first for Lamborghini in IMSA competition – and two races later he and Snow co-drove to a third-place finish at Mosport in Canada to give Lamborghini its first IMSA podium result.
“There are so many positives to the team continuing in 2017, it’s difficult to pick which one to begin with, but first and foremost I think it is important to thank Mr. Miller for making this all happen for yet another year,” Sellers said.
“Madison and I really jelled over the course of the season and I really enjoyed my time with him. It will be great to be back with someone I know so well and build on that continuity.”
Snow picked up Paul Miller Racing’s second pole of the season in August at VIR, where the No. 48 team broke through for a dominating weekend that produced Lamborghini’s first IMSA race win.
“Working with the same team that we were all a part of last year allows everyone to feel much more comfortable and confident around one another,” Snow said. ”
That is something that just takes time and trust. We gained massively in all of those categories as last year progressed and improved enough positions to allow us to fight back for third-place in the championship.”
The No. 48 team followed up the VIR win with a second-place finish one race later at Circuit of The Americas and sealed the championship podium with a fourth-place run in the season-ending Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta.
Third place in the final championship standings was the highest Paul Miller Racing ranked in the 2016 GTD title battle all season.
Factory Lamborghini driver Andrea Caldarelli will join the team for next week’s Daytona test with an eye on possibly joining the team for the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The 26-year-old Italian races Lamborghini Huracán GT3s and other race cars in several different championships.