Paul Miller Racing Press Release
Christopher Haase, Dion von Moltke and Bryce Miller Finish "36 Hours of Florida" With Two Fifth-Place Results in No. 48 Castrol EDGE Audi R8 LMS
SEBRING, Fla. (March 21, 2015) - Paul Miller Racing, and team drivers Christopher Haase, Dion von Moltke and Bryce Miller, drove the No. 48 Castrol EDGE Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS to their second 2015 fifth-place finish in a row Saturday in the 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
The top-five Sebring run followed a fifth-place finish in January's season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and moves the Paul Miller Racing team and its drivers off to a solid points start in the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) standings.
"We can't be too unhappy," said Paul Miller Racing Team Owner, Paul Miller. "We beat some really good teams that didn't do as well as we did today. When you take the long view, we had really hoped to be on the podium here, but we had a couple of issues that hampered us a little bit. All in all, I am very proud of the guys, proud of the preparation of the car and the way the car was driven tonight. I am very pleased overall with this race."
All three drivers spent the majority of the grueling 12-hour race in the GTD top five, with Haase running as high as third and von Moltke a race-high second in two different driving shifts.
At the halfway point, the team appeared ready to make a move for the victory the way it did in last October's 10-hour Petit Le Mans race but the nighttime pace never emerged.
"We didn't have the temperature drop quite as low for us like it did at Petit Le Mans," Bryce Miller said. "Cold, dense conditions really help to push air through the really large restrictor that is on the car. I just don't think the temperature ever dropped the way we had hoped going into the night."
A two-hour highlight show recapping the 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida airs tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, at 8 a.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.
About Paul Miller Racing:
Paul Miller Racing was the top Audi Sport customer racing team in the inaugural season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014 in which Bryce Miller and Christopher Haase co-drove the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS. The racing team is affiliated with the Paul Miller Auto Group, which has operated Paul Miller Audi since 1976, races in support of Full Circle Home, and competes with the support of Castrol EDGE, Search Marketing Group and Motegi Racing.
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About Audi of America and the Audi R8 LMS: Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for customer racing events. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout the GT3 racing format worldwide, including victory in the GT class in the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 Liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components.
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies.
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Photo credit: Paul Miller Racing / Bob Chapman