Dated: May 2, 2009
Bryce Miller survived a wild, wet race on his home track on Sunday. The Summit, N.J., driver finished ninth in the GT class in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., despite trying conditions in heavy rain.
Dane Cameron of Sonoma, Calif., drove the first stint in the No. 30 Marquis Jet Mazda RX-8 prepared by Racers Edge Motorsports. He started fourth on the GT grid and moved to the class lead after 65 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race. He led twice before pitting for a driver change at 1h24. Miller drove the final stint, returning to the track 12th in class behind the GT cars that had pitted earlier in the race. He regained three positions to finish ninth.
Both drivers were slowed by a malfunctioning windshield wiper. Cameron experienced intermittent problems, then the wiper motor failed early in Miller’s stint, leaving him with very limited visibility.
“The conditions today were so frantic, everything was unpredictable in terms of the accidents that were happening and the cars off track. It seemed like every lap, there was someone gathering it up or coming back on. It’s a positive thing we were able to move up to ninth,” Miller said.
“I found a little window of dryness on my windshield and was able to finally see a little bit. My foot kept slipping off the brake pedal, so there were some driver challenges from inside the car. But in terms of the car’s performance, the team delivered well. The car was good, we were able to finish the race and bring the car home in one piece.”
The next Rolex Series race is scheduled for May 17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Bryce Miller races with the support of three international sponsors. Marquis Jet offers flight time on NetJets, the youngest and largest private jet fleet in the world. IPC Information Systems is a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions to financial services firms. Total Lubricants is the world’s fourth-largest publicly traded integrated international oil and gas company.