It’s Miller Time
It’s Miller Time
While many people and companies fear true competition, their pride too great or skills too limited to accept what it may reveal, others like Paul Miller and Bryce Miller embrace it.
In 2013 motorsports, there are few places more competitive than the American Le Mans Series GT class, where factory teams from BMW, Corvette and SRT Viper are joined by factory affiliates like Ferrari’s Risi Competizione and top independents like AJR/West Racing Ferrari and the Falken and CORE autosport Porsches.
And yet, right there in the midst of the battle is precisely where you will find New Jersey’s Paul Miller Racing #48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Bryce Miller and young (age 24) Porsche factory ace Marco Holzer.
A former racer and now a successful mega-dealer with a number of prestigious franchises including Porsche, Audi, Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Bentley and BMW, the senior Miller knows about competition and the importance of attention to detail and meeting expectations.
By teaming with Porsche and this season moving to a technical partnership with Michelin, the Millers, now in their third season of ALMS GT competition, appear to have chosen the platforms upon which to build their program.
Holzer also appears to be a piece of that puzzle.
“I’ve been watching Marco since he and Bryce drove together in 2009 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Spa,” said the senior Miller, himself a successful racer. “I expect he and Bryce will be a strong team, fast and reliable.”
That has certainly been the case through the first three races of the 2013 ALMS season as the team has posted three consecutive sixth-place finishes.
Holzer set the fastest time in the opening practice at Long Beach where despite starting last, the Miller Porsche team was the highest finishing Porsche.
That kind of ground work sets the stage for a prospective top-five here at Lime Rock Park, a result that would be especially satisfying in front of many friends and fans at the team’s home track.
“I am happy with where we are as a team at this point early in the season,” said Bryce Miller.
It is an axiom of sports that to be the best, one must beat the best. That is where, unlike Paul and Bryce Miller, many climbing the ladder of competition take an early exit and seek lesser challenges.
Yet, for those with the commitment to take on the top challenge, the rewards of competing against the best can be significant. Iron sharpens iron and racing against the best hones skills, develops the entire team and raises everyone’s game.
And succeeding in direct competition against the best makes each step in the journey and every victory along the way especially sweet, especially for a father and son that travel the road together.