Beginning the next chapter of his racing team’s history at the onset of a new era in North American sports car racing, team owner and principal Paul Miller announced today that Paul Miller Racing will campaign an Audi R8 LMS in the GT Daytona (GTD) division of the debuting IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship in 2014.
Bryce Miller, Paul Miller’s son and a former GT race winner in both ALMS and GRAND-AM competition, will return as a team driver, partnering for the season with a co-driver to-be-named in the coming weeks. Returning partners for the new Paul Miller Racing Audi effort include TOTAL Lubricants and Motegi Racing, with other familiar team sponsors expected to confirm their continued support in the near future.
“Everyone at Paul Miller Racing is looking forward to racing with Audi in the new IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship,” Paul Miller said. “We also want to extend our thanks to Audi of America, we have had a long and great relationship with them, and they will be our partner in this effort. That was certainly a key element in our decision.”
Bryce Miller has spent the majority of his GT racing career in Porsches but looks forward to getting behind the wheel of the proven and race-winning Audi R8 LMS.
“While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my seven-year run with Porsche, I couldn’t be more excited to start a new chapter with Audi,” Bryce Miller said. “Audis have been my daily driver for many years, and I’ve long been a fan of their brand and their cars. They’ve had many successes at the highest levels of the sport, earning a prestigious place in motorsports history, and this makes driving the Audi R8 LMS an honor for any racing driver.”
The 2014 IMSA season marks the first time Paul Miller Racing has raced with Audi, but the team’s parent organization, the Paul Miller Auto Group, has operated Paul Miller Audi since 1976, one of the largest Audi dealerships in the nation.
“The Audi R8 LMS has built a worldwide reputation as an outstanding and winning GT car, and we are honored to be among the brand’s competition representatives this year,” Paul Miller said. “I have enjoyed racing Porsches for several decades, but now a great deal of excitement with this new partnership has been felt at both Paul Miller Racing and at our Paul Miller Audi dealership. I am confident this will be a winning relationship in every respect.”
Paul Miller Racing will take the first test laps with its new R8 LMS this weekend at Sebring International Raceway, November 16 – 17, and next week at Daytona International Speedway, November 19 – 20.