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ALMS News Round-Up

Continental Tire Named As LMPC Sole Supplier

Continental Tire has been named as the exclusive tyre supplier for the Prototype Challenge (PC) class in the 2013 ALMS.

Continental Tire will also become the presenting sponsor of the PC class with the official name being, “Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire”.

The new spec Continental rubber will debut in the PC class at the ALMS-sanctioned test on March 11-12 at Sebring.

“Continental Tire is honored to step up and help support the PC class in ALMS this year,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. “Sports car racing continues to grow in the US, and we’re certainly eager to expand on our portfolio and showcase our technologies to such a dedicated audience. This is certainly a step toward the future of sports car racing for us.” 

“It’s always a tremendous day when we can welcome a new manufacturer into the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón,” said ALMS president and CEO Scott Atherton. “The platform we provide to manufacturers encourages technical advances – a goal we share with Continental Tire. Our PC teams and our customers will certainly benefit from this new partnership.”

Richard Lietz Confirmed for Enduros with Paul Miller Racing

Paul Miller Racing will see Porsche works driver Richard Lietz return to the team’s #48 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the longer endurance races on the 2013 ALMS where he will co-drive with full-season teammates Bryce Miller and Marco Holzer.

Lietz debuted with Paul Miller Racing in the 2012 Petit Le Mans and will make his second consecutive start with the team alongside Miller and fellow works driver Holzer in two weeks in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

“I am very happy because Petit Le Mans was the first race together with Paul Miller Racing for me and it was very family and a lot of fun but also a strong and competitive team,” Lietz said. “A 12-hour race is always a ‘last-man standing’ scenario, who survives the best, and I think the car, the 997, is a proven car that should be technically fine.  It is a very solid car, and if we are able to stay on the lead lap we can fight at the end. Normally, if you survive good, you can finish on the podium. I think this is the goal that we have and, especially with our new partner Michelin, I think it is possible.”

Bryce Miller:

“I have driven with Richard before, I have driven with Marco before, they are both world-class drivers and it is just a real privilege to be in their company,” Bryce Miller said. “To have a support base like that around you is obviously very important but they are also both really great guys, easy to work with, easy to get along with, and that may be every bit as important.  It keeps the chemistry in the team good, positive and confident.”

Bryce Miller On Sebring Test (and shunt)

Paul Miller Racing completed a two-day test at Sebring last week with both Miller and Holzer driving the Porsche over the two days.

“We tried some changes and found time in the car in nearly every set of changes that we explored,” Miller said. “We have made some gains and are learning more about the car so it is very exciting. Our level of opportunity is entirely different this year. I am really excited about the momentum that we have going in our team. It really synchronizes well with the timing of this opportunity and I think the team is ready to take the step with the Michelin. I have really been enjoying the tire from a driver’s standpoint.”

Bryce Miller was at the wheel of the #48 in the final hours of testing last Friday when the car suffered a stuck throttle heading through Sebring’s fast final turn. Despite heavy left front contact with the safety barrier, Miller escaped uninjured and the team’s Porsche amazingly suffered no apparent major damage. “From what we can tell it looked like a set of washers came loose and got stuck in the throttle assembly,” team owner Paul Miller said. “That is a fast corner to go off but we were really impressed with how the safety system worked. Bryce was uninjured and the only damaged parts on the car can be replaced. We didn’t detect any major structural damage at all and we will be fine for the race.”