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Miller Time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Race Recap

The first Le Mans 24 Hours for American GT racer Bryce Miller is finished, and to say it was a whirlwind would be putting things mildly. Unfortunately for Miller at the rest of the JMW Motorsport team, the Aston Martin Vantage crashed near the six-hour mark Saturday. He tried to recollect his thoughts from the accident in his final Le Mans blog.

(June 13, 2010) — Le Mans finished with four of my friends on the podium – Wolf Henzler, Leh Keen, Richard Westbrook and Dominik Farnbacher. Also Marco Holzer and the team I scored second place with at Spa – BMS Scuderia – were third in GT2 It was fun to watch the celebration at the end and to have people to cheer for in the event.

We struggled with braking system issues all week, which undoubtedly affected our lap times. Unfortunately, our race efforts started to unravel around 8:30 pm Saturday. Rob Bell was pulling some great times in the Vantage, but we became sidelined in the garage for 30-plus minutes while the team repaired a broken steering pump that contributed to an off for Rob. He drove the car back to the pits as best he could with limited visibility due to the steering fluid on the windshield, which later contributed to another off and stop that I had to make after the car was repaired. Otherwise the steering appeared okay after the repair and I was coming to the car after the stop.

At the end of my stint and two laps before our next pit stop, I had an impact with the wall at the end of the Porsche Curves that ended our race. I sustained a pretty good concussion and am quite confused about the events leading up to the accident, especially after spending an hour at the site Sunday. The car had managed to get way offline and then veered back in the opposite direction of the next corner towards the wall for what was almost a direct head-on impact of 25 to 30 Gs. My doctor says it is normal at an impact like this to not remember the exact moments leading up to such a severe incident, but I cannot assume anything before knowing what happened. The next days will be important for me to review data and talk with the team about the car’s condition in a hope that there may be something I can learn or take from what has happened.

Whatever the case, I am grateful to JMW Aston Martin for the opportunity to drive at Le Mans. The experience has been a swing of emotions, but just that I’ve driven at this famed event has been a tremendous privilege and I will not forget the entire set of events that occurred over this week to deliver the experience that is Le Mans. I hope to come back and have the opportunity for redemption.


Miller Time at the 24 Hour of Le Mans, Driver Parade

(June 11, 2010) — Today was a day of rest until mid-afternoon. The crew did some pit-stop practice runs and Rob, Tim and I did some driver-change practices. Afterwards, we walked up the hill to the Dunlop Bridge where the car had been transported to do a team photo shoot and some photos with Dunlop executives.

We then hopped on a scooter to go to the driver parade. The crowds were so stacked up in Le Mans town it was really the best way to get over there. All the co-driver pairings were designated a classic car to ride a three-mile stretch of road. We were passengers in a 1927 Vauxhaull purpose-built for hill climbs.

The crowds were 10 people deep for three miles and the fans were absolutely crazed for our autographs and the coasters we were flinging. One man had gone shirtless and was screaming for the drivers to sign him with signatures overlapping all over his body. I presume that will take a couple soap bars to clean off!

Another woman had an incredible book that I was privileged to sign, with many pictures of famous drivers going back to the years when the Mulsanne straight did not have chicanes. Many already had team gear prepared for signing and the Aston Martin fans were particularly pleasant.

The entire experience again really felt like a dream. I kept asking myself, ‘How could so many people who love motorsports this much all congregate in the same place like this!?’ But these fans are for real and committed and I know many of them will be pulling hours through the night tomorrow similar to what we will be as drivers.

I spent a good amount of time on the scooter ride back digesting and processing what had just occurred. It is an exhilarating experience – something that feels as if it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – but of course, you look forward to and hope for the opportunity to come back for years to come. I am really excited to drive in my first Le Mans ever starting tomorrow.

Miller Time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Getting Down to Business

American growing more comfortable in JMW Aston Martin

(June 11, 2010) — Bryce Miller filed his latest blog Thursday night after the final qualifying session at Le Mans for

The team opted to put in the race engine starting this morning. They did the job quicker than expected, so we stayed on schedule and ran the 10 p.m. session. The drying conditions were a big help to continue my progress on the dry line and with braking points. It was also good additional night-driving experience. I was able to learn the track some more and close the gap down on my lap times.

My comfort level with the car has also improved quite a bit this evening and I am starting to learn how to use the aero some more in braking and faster sectors.

Tomorrow is a chance for the drivers to all rest up and then we go to the driver’s parade. I am quite excited for this and hear it is an incredible experience where you get to feel like a hero for an hour! The fans here are so enthusiastic and appreciative of our sport – it makes it great fun and an honor to be here.

It’s hard to believe I am here driving at Le Mans. The atmosphere is so special you can’t miss it. It’s not something you have to look for – it just is … Le Mans!

Check back this week for more of Bryce’s blog from Le Mans.

Miller Time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, First Day of Qualifying


(June 10, 2010) — It was a spectacular feeling to drive Le Mans today. I have never driven a race car and upshifted into fifth and sixth gear so many times in one lap. I enjoyed it so much that when my co-drivers, Rob Bell and Tim Sudgen, poked their heads in during the stop to ask how it was going, I just went speechless and then resorted to childish fist pumps.

We were held back in the garage by a couple of issues today, but I met my 10-lap day and three-lap night requirement, and the setup was improved again before Rob’s qualifying.

Unfortunately, a P2 car checked Rob up in the Ford chicane on his fast lap, but none of us are overly concerned with the grid position anyway because it is a 24-hour race.

The closing speeds by the P1 cars are significant – you must constantly check your mirrors and the circuit is very dark at night like Spa, but you must know where all the spotlights are so you don’t confuse them with prototypes.

Tomorrow is a prep day for the car. We will run again tomorrow night. Amen for Le Mans.

Miller Time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, First Time on Track – Sort of!

(June 8, 2010) — It’s Day 2 of Le Mans 24 Hours week. We had a drivers meeting this morning, then I rode the circuit on a scooter with my co-driver Rob Bell, who has been here four times.

Many of the turns are sweeping and fast, so car placement will be critical as well as braking with many of the braking zones being coupled by multiple downshifts. Riding down the Mulsanne Straight, it is quite alarming to see just how long the original straightaway was. My father raced here three times before when the Mulsanne was wide open without chicanes. Anyone who’s done that in the cars from previous eras I have a great respect for!

We wrapped up this evening with autograph signings – the fans are super-enthusiastic and it’s great to meet all of them. They really know racing! I’m looking forward to driving the car here tomorrow. It will surely be an upgrade from my scooter.

Miller Time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Getting Acquainted

(June 6, 2010) — I arrived here at Le Mans late last night for my first time with the intent to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Riding through the town on parts of the track, I became very excited.At scrutineering this morning in the town square, the presence of press and media along with the great swarms of fans and their spirit left me feeling almost as if I was dreaming. I am doing all I can to try and soak it all in – advice many have given me and I plan to make a discipline of.

This afternoon has been normal preparation by the team to the car and preliminarily going through seating variance issues with my co-drivers Rob Bell and Tim Sugden. I’m working to get my helmet functioning with the car radio system as well.

I have to say it feels just incredible to be here, to know I am on hallowed ground and such historic territory relevant to sports car racing teams and drivers around the world. I can’t wait to start driving!

Miller Time Blog: ALMS at Long Beach, 4/16-17/2010

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(April 16, 2010 at 10:50 a.m. ET) — Long Beach, Calif. (RacingWire) – This is the only circuit on the ALMS schedule I have not driven. John is in the car right now and while we’re 20+ minutes into the session most of its been under red flag. I am excited to drive the track this morning. Hopefully we can get some green flag laps to get some temperatures & pressures in the tires so we can baseline the car and begin working on a setup.

(April 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. ET) — Our first outing was tricky but it went well – we are P2 at the moment. I only had 5 or 7 laps. John and I have both never seen the circuit and there we’re a lot of red flags early on when John was trying to get laps and learn the track. We were able to get a decent baseline later in the session but we also found some minor issues in the car that will be easy time gained after we rectify them. John kissed the wall in turn 1 near the end of the session so they are friends now. We missed the last 20 minutes of the session which was a small setback but there was no radiator damage and the crew is already halfway there in getting the car back together. We have another practice later this afternoon and then qualifying.

(April 17, 2010 at 11:30 p.m. ET) — Our last minute late entry at The Long Beach Grand Prix turned out very well considering our minimal preparation time before the event. My co-driver John McMullen rose to the occasion in his first ever ALMS race under the high pressure of large crowds and sponsor presence at what is a historically famous venue. Unfortunately, John was held back early on when we were issued a wave-by under caution,  but the GTC car in front of us did not take it and we were forced to go down a lap as a result. Despite this, the crew gave us a solid car to go the distance and score second fastest lap of the race. We finished 5th and scored points ever so necessary to our championship hunt given our absence at the opening round of the Sebring 12hr race. This is just the beginning for us, but a good start and we will look to go from strength to strength heading into our next race at Laguna Seca.

Bryce Miller was born July 26, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii and he currently resides in Summit, N.J.. He’s married to Jill and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in History. He’s sponsored by Marquis Jet, IPC Systems and TOTAL Lubirciants. Among his many racing accomplishments include the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series GT team championship. His team website is and you can follow Bryce on Facebook and Twitter.

Miller Time Blog: Homestead-Miami, 3/4-6/2010

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(Day 1: March 4, 2010) — I met up with the team today at the track. Lee outlined to Luke and I our rollout plan for tomorrow and we discussed some possible strategies and weaknesses to improve on from our race here in October. Tire wear was an issue then, but the ambient is quite different now and the new Pirelli tire is even more resilient. Subsequently, our October set-up should lean more in the direction that we’d like to take the car for this weekend. That should help us establish a starting point. There is quite a bit of track time tomorrow but the sessions are stacked upon one another making the larger changes to be performed in the garage a more critical play call as many times it will mean having to forfeit live track time. We tried to walk the circuit tonight but were kicked off after being sprayed with tire marbles by the jet engine hanging off their safety trucks. Wish us luck tomorrow…

(Day 2: March 5, 2010) — We were pleased to roll out with a good starting setup today with both some speed and driveabilty in the car. During one of our sessions we got caught out chasing an understeering condition and were able to determine a slight sticking of the throttle at idle as being the culprit.

Luke had a tire blowout coming out of Nascar T4 in the beginning of the afternoon session and the car was stranded their for the duration. He brushed the wall slightly but fortunately he was able to maintain control of the car giving the crew an opportunity to prepare properly for qualifying.

Luke did a great job qualifying the car 8th. This makes us the lead Porsche on the grid going into tomorrow’s race.

(Pre-Race: Saturday, March 6) — It’s been a long day but we’re really looking forward to the race. We used this morning’s warm-up to bed brakes and scrub tires.

I think we have a good race car to take to the front assuming we can keep it clean and stay free of contact and mechanical issues.

We’ve debriefed on our racing strategy and Luke and I had some really good driver change practice runs clocking in at 20 seconds each. The crew is on form and looks good on the pit stops. Keep an eye on us; I have a good feeling for a result today.

(Post- Race: Grand Prix of Miami) — We led the Porsche charge today but a faltering gearbox tampered with our differential and then failed. It is unfortunate as our team put together a really good car but it is nice to know we have the pace amongst the Porsche’s.

Unfortunately, the 1st Porsche finished three laps down but I’m sure Porsche will do better at the next events.

Our next race is at Barber Motorsports Park where Porsche’s runs its driving experience so hopefully we can do something there. Keep the faith. We’ll bring one home sooner or later.

Miller Time Blog: Rolex 24 at Daytona, 1/26-28/2010

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(Jan 26, 2010) – Daytona week has arrived and somehow the Miller Barrett Racing team has managed to cover an overwhelming amount of work in a short period of time.

Although sometimes it seemed like controlled chaos, with no extra points for style and form, we round the corner now in the final hour with a proper team transporter, embroidered gear and autograph cards, a really talented crew, an assembled team of volunteers, decals placed, an accomplished driver lineup and many improvements in both race preparation and car development as the dust begins to settle.

Most importantly, everyone can now assume our identity gained as a team through this experience and with this comes a new sense of purpose and resolve as the team approaches its first-ever Daytona 24hr event and sportscar championship. Thank you to everyone involved for making this possible.

I will next be reporting in to RacingWire when I arrive at the track on Thursday. Keep rooting for the No. 48 Marquis Jet Porsche!

(Jan. 29, 2010) – We had a good day today and were able to learn more about the car but did not find the last final magic adjustments to bring the car to the pace we were hoping for. We will now try to perform some small fine tuningduring the race to address this concern but are happy with the driveabilty of the car for a 24hr event, so we’ll have to limit our risk in any changes we make before the race. All in all we are in a pretty good position with a good driver lineup and good crew and I believe we can continue our momentum and navigate our way.

(Jan. 28, 2010 – Reporting from Daytona Night Practice) — Today was a big improvement for our team from where we finished during the last official test days – having placed as the 4th Porsche on the grid in qualifying. We have closed the margin and we have a baseline that is good enough for smaller fine tuning adjustments.

This result will allow us to focus on improving the car further but also it allows our crew the time to prepare for the 24hr race by not having to run in the round two qualifications tomorrow. Everything so far is moving in the right direction so keep tuned…

(Jan. 30, 2010 – 7:46 p.m. EST – 19:44 Remaining) — We had a great first run at the drop of the green flag. The team gave me a good car and set the tires very well. We were able to move up from P13 to P5 but after the second pitstop we got caught out on rain tires in drying conditions and the yellow never arrived forcing us to pit under green. Luke Hines has just taken the car over from Kevin Roush but some contact during Kevin’s stint has affected the  geometry of the car. The communication over the radios is critical from driver to driver at the moment because of changing track conditions and the brake bias changes being made as a result. Currently running P10. I’ll report back in to Racingwire later on.

(Jan. 31, 2010 – 2:39 a.m. EST – 12:51 Remaining) –– My last driving stint called for a driver change with my co-driver Peter Ludwig. He had a great stint, kept it clean and on track and steadily chipped away at his pace, a challenge presented him due to some lack of time in our car during the test days but he performed well nonetheless.

Unfortunately at the end of his stint he reported battery voltage problems the team simply could not sort quickly. We did the driver change and tried a couple more laps but could not risk retirement from the race with the battery acting up as it was.

The requirement to fix was 8-10 minutes – our crew did a great job to bang out the work and get it done, keeping us in the race with the promise of still collecting points for the Championship.

Subsequently, we are down many laps but with the conditions as they have been, attrition has shown very high and hopefully it continues in our favor. I have to go get some rest now!

(Jan. 31 – Post Race) — It is incredible we made it as far as we did. The crew rebuilt so many elements on the car for the 18hrs we were running.

We were many times the fastest car both early and late morning. Unfortunately we had to retire the car due to damage sustained from contact with a DP which was catapulted on-track after hitting tire barriers in pit lane. Our car was collected in this process.

15pts will go toward our Championship. Everyone deserves their rest – one incredible effort by everyone especially considering when it’s the team’s first ever 24hr race!

Bryce Miller was born July 26, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii and he currently resides in Summit, N.J.. He’s married to Jill and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in History. He’s sponsored by Marquis Jet, IPC Systems and TOTAL Lubirciants. Among his many racing accomplishments include the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series GT team championship. His team website is and you can follow Bryce on Facebook and Twitter.

My Spa 24hr Experience

GRAND-AM: Bryce Miller, My Spa 24hr Experience
We finished second in GT2, fifth overall! It was a great birthday present that my team BMS/Brixia Racing had delivered.
SPEED Staff  |  Posted July 29, 2009 Summit, NJ
American sportscar ace Bryce Miller came away from the Spa 24hr race with a newfound appreciation for the daunting Belgian circuit. (Paolo Briatico)

American Grand-Am racer Bryce Miller made the trek to Spa, Belgium last weekend to compete in the Spa 24 Hour race and returned with a memorable account for of his first experience at the famed circuit:

I arrived in the small town of Spa, a beautiful quaint city nestled in the Ardennes hills, on Tuesday evening before the Spa 24 Hours. The city looked innocent enough at first appearance, but I quickly came to respect the abrupt weather patterns and frequent rain showers for which it is named – Spa.

When I arrived at the Francorchamps circuit the following day, I got my first live sneak peak at the 4.3-mile track on a motor scooter. It would be some of my best ‘dry’ time on the race track.

It became evident very quickly why this track commands so much respect while also being the clear favorite of many drivers. The entire track is very high-speed which, of course, is a blast but there is little margin for error without large consequence. The curbs are dramatically different at all of the corners and subsequently the cars accept varying usage at each corner. Local knowledge at this circuit would be a huge advantage.

And now I have seen for myself and can confirm that Eau Rouge cannot be captured properly in a photo or on video. It is a tremendous segment of high-speed compression with a blind exit – lots of fun, but to be taken seriously and difficult to master without leaving anything behind. The micro-climates that move across the 4.3-mile circuit make it additionally challenging, as it can be pouring rain on one corner and dry at another. I was glad to have familiarity with our car, the Porsche RSR.

Thursday was almost all rain with pockets of dry. The fans still came out and began to set up tents, and the energy and enthusiasm was palpable. These people love their motorsport! I was approached by several people who wanted autographs on pictures of cars I had raced at the junior formula level, and I found myself asking how they had obtained these photos. Corporate hospitality was massive and it was clear by the operations of the teams that the depth of talent in personnel ran deep, as well. By race day, the crowds had swelled so much that our pre-grid looked more like that of Formula One.

I started our race having logged only four or five intermediate/dry laps and maybe 20 laps total practice time. I still had no dry braking points or turn-in points and I still had yet to challenge the limits of the camber changes in the corners, as well as the curbing. I had to make my improvements methodically, especially in intermediate conditions with a wet track and marbles lying off the race line.

A 2nd in his first try at the Spa 24hr will have Miller coming back for more — all with the goal of standing on the top step of the podium. (Paolo Briatico)

We had two pit stops that occurred exactly one lap prior to a caution flag, and in both instances we found ourselves on the unlucky end of having the pace car split the field and put us down a lap. Our pace was good to compete for the win, but the caution flags had effectively neutralized our contention barring an error or failure in the leading Ferrari.

In my last stint in the car, we had built up enough of a gap to those behind us that we could manage our pace and focus on bringing the car home. We finished second in GT2, fifth overall! It was a great birthday present that my team BMS/Brixia Racing had delivered, along with my co-drivers Luigi Lucchini, Martin Ragginger and Marco Holzer.

This is an event that I will have to come back to in the near future – I am hooked like the rest now. The feeling from both outside and inside the cockpit is very special. I think I will now also have to join the fraternity that says, “My favorite track is Spa.” Oh, and the Belgian waffles, chocolate and beer all stand up proud to their origins as well – I know because I tried them all.


Interview with MAR Magazine

MAR: Who were your auto racing heroes?

BM: Either Ayrton Senna or Mika Hakkinen.

MAR: Have you always wanted to drive racecars for a living?

BM: Yes. I went away to prep school when I was 11 years old, but returned to finish my last few years of high school at home. When it came time for college, I decided on the University of Vermont. I’m a big skier, and I thought Burlington and the surrounding area was beautiful. I first started racing cars professionally while in college, and I spent a lot of time trying to talk to teachers about what I was doing. I sometimes had to ask if I could take their test on a different day because of a conflict I had with my career. It was pretty funny-I would get these wild looks from my professors. It was very difficult to manage but somehow it all worked out.

After college, Porsche had invited me to the UPS Porsche Junior Team Shoot-out a couple years prior to compete for a factory seat. That’s when I made the decision to cross over to sports car racing. Up until then, I had been driving open wheel formula cars.

Sports car racing seemed to be on the rise, while formula racing was losing some popularity, especially in the U.S. I also saw it as an opportunity to continue the excitement of motorsports in my father’s Porsche business. I wanted to reassert among car enthusiasts that we were the standout option for Porsche customers. We’ve worked really hard at events to get our customers and our sponsors close to the sport-they get to meet the personalities and see the technology behind it. Many of our Porsche customers walk away with newfound respect for the machinery they’re driving.

MAR: Was it tough changing styles?

BM: The transition from formula to sports car racing was difficult. In formula racing, your head, wheels and tires are all exposed. The aerodynamic effects on the car are significant. The cars weigh much less and respond very quickly to your inputs. The same driving principles apply in sports cars, but I had to change a lot of nuances in my style. It takes a lot more hustle; the cars require multiple inputs-it’s really much more difficult than driving a formula car. And driving a Porsche was a whole separate challenge due to the unconventional placement of the engine over the rear axle. This unorthodox weight distribution makes the Porsche a unique and fun car to drive. The first year was a learning experience, but you never stop learning.

MAR: You’ve risen through the ranks rather quickly in sports car racing. How important is the team surrounding you?

BM: The team aspect of racing is crucial. It has to be a reciprocal dynamic where the team believes in their driver and the driver in their team. This energy brings value to the cause and is instrumental in producing results. My goal is to surround myself with the right people and position myself with the right teams. A solid program starts with good hardworking people who have proven experience. A massive commitment from the crew is essential. Given the commitment of the people around you, it’s important as a driver to establish real relationships with your team members. I believe that fosters a sense of teamwork, but most importantly it puts meaning behind all the sacrifice and makes winning that much cooler.

Cap Chat

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 9, 2008) – Picking out a helmet design can sometimes be a daunting task, to say the least. But for Bryce Miller, it’s just another part of being a race car driver.

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 GT driver, in his first season with TRG, said he enjoys layout out the design, but keeps in the back of his mind the need for his sponsors to be in certain places.

That was his main point of consideration for his existing helmet, which displays the U.S. flag in a not-so-obvious fashion. As Miller currently spends much of his time in sports car racing, the helmet’s design took more of a backseat than it had in the past and focused more on his primary sponsors, including Marquis Jet, Resorts International, Total and IPC.

“Laying out a canvas that would allocate appropriate space for placement of my sponsors’ logos was something I took into consideration in this helmet design,” Miller said. “I think open-wheel drivers learn to use their helmets the best as a marketing tool in this way because their helmets are constantly exposed to photographs. This is why the majority of the graphic effects have been restricted to the top portion of my helmet – the rest of the canvas is relatively conservative and lends opportunity to placement of our four sponsors.”

The design appears to be fairly basic with four bands wrapping horizontally around the helmet. The top bears the most of graphics, with blue stars laying atop blue tear drops on a blue canvas.

“The tear drops taper from the front to the back of the helmet and were incorporated to give the helmet a feeling of speed or motion,” Miller said. “There is a lot of contrast delivered by shading and pearl or chrome undertones, which plays with the light well and achieves different effects from under different lighting and angles. The rest of the helmet is largely made up of Red and Pearl White with smaller Navy Blue and White lines accenting these larger bands of color.”

Thus, the U.S. identity.

“You wouldn’t necessarily know this to be the theme of the helmet unless it was pointed out to you,” Miller said. “I spoke with my Helmet Designer at Bullseye Visual on how to achieve this identity in an understated manner. We used off color blues and reds and a pearl white making the focus more about the appeal in color design rather than theme. The theme is also played down by the Navy Blue in the helmet which helps to make the Pearl White and Red colors pop.”

Miller, a veteran of open-wheel racing himself, once had a helmet that resembled a Jamaican flag and was teased by his crew, he said. However, that helmet came up missing from Miller’s home.

“We joke that someone drove out of our driveway to return home proceeding through tolls, drive-thru and the like all while wearing my helmet,” Miller said. “Fortunately, I have grown to like my current helmet design better – plus this new design carried me to a Championship in 2007 so it must be good!

Miller said he has liked his recent helmet designs, and has enjoyed viewing his fellow competitors’ caps.

“I think everyone’s helmet design is interesting because it is a statement or an expression of that person and it’s also the identity that driver would more than likely choose to have the racing community identify them by,” Miller said. “Why and how people choose to express themselves is always interesting.”

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

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The video rental store in my area has closed down so my girlfriend and I rent or buy our movies now using iTunes and then watch it on our TV. It’s really easy and I highly recommend it. We rented “Enchanted” last evening, starring fellow Grand-Am driver “McDreamy”. The first 10 minutes of the movie is a cartoon so I found myself telling her she downloaded the wrong movie. Then suddenly these cartoon characters turned into real people and I looked like a real jerk! What a setup! There were some really Laugh out Loud funny parts and we both enjoyed it.

I’ve made a fundamental shift to focus a little more on my cardio-training as we approach Mexico City. The altitude there is significant and I tend to be a little sensitive to altitude changes. However, I’m really looking forward to Mexico City to redeem ourselves of our result at Homestead. My co-driver Ted Ballou tangled with another car in the opening stint and it cost us a significant reduction in horsepower through a crimped left exhaust pipe and we had a slight geometry change in the left rear of the car as well. The incident cost us a stop-and-go penalty which put us a lap down and then a later miscommunication rendered us another stop and go because of a pit stop that was out of sequence. Still, Ted and I are excited about the possibilities in the 2008 Championship. He has never been to the track before but his rate of development coming from the KONI Series has been rapid and I know by race time he will be ready.

I haven’t been feeling so well the last month or so and after a visit to the Doctor I’ve learned that Ragweed in Florida has been at an all-time high this year. With all the time I’ve spent in Florida the last couple months it makes sense why my allergies would be so out of control. I have felt like I have a cold. Now that I’m on top of it more I’m starting to feel better but my publicist never cuts me a break and keeps cracking the whip so I have to keep writing these journals for this supposed Blog Captain, Michael Harker? Have you guys heard about this? Too bad the writer’s strike just ended. ; )

Talk at you next Friday!

Top 20 Most Popular Comments and Questions

Monday, 31 March 2008

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As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I drag raced down 11th Ave. at the opening ceremony for the NY International Auto Show last Saturday. Afterwards we had our 2007 No. 87 Marquis Jet Porsche on display for the weekend so I ended up staying there all weekend to sign autographs. It’s amazing the responses you get from people when wearing a driver’s suit next to a race car.

Top 20 Most Popular Comments and Questions at the Auto Show (none are exaggerated):

1. “You look like Carl Edwards.”
2. “Are you a REAL race car driver?”
3. “Where do you go to the bathroom? Do you pee in the car?”
4. “How do you drive for 24 hours straight?”
5. “Can I just take a driving test to get a racing license?
6. “I bet I could beat you.”
7. “I want to start racing, where can I send my resume to? I can start by changing tires for you.”
8. “Do you drive for NASCAR??
9. “Why don’t you drive for NASCAR?”
10. “Is this your job? Do you just drive a car for a living?”
11. “Can I buy your car?”
12. “Is this free?” (The signed hero cards)
13. “How much for a signed autograph?”
14. “Could you get me free tickets to a race?”
15. “How did you get into racing?”
16. “You must get a lot of speeding tickets, huh?”
17. “What’s your everyday car?”
18. “How’s it going, Dirk…Oh, you’re not German?”
19. “You and Dirk look alike, how’s that?”
20. “Do you use NOS?”

Video from Auto Show

Excited to Lay Rubber Marks on NYC Street, Legally

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This Saturday should be a fun time and a purposeful exercise for my sponsors Marquis Jet and Resorts International. I’ve been told that 4 blocks on 11th Avenue will be closed down allowing for us to do some standing starts and doughnuts in the 2007 #87 Farnbacher Loles Championship winning  Porsche. I am happy for my sponsors who will receive great national press coverage from the event. Dirk Werner, my co-driver from last year is home in Germany studying and enjoying some time before he hops on a plane back to the states for the Miami Grand Prix next Saturday. It is too bad he won’t be there – that would be cool, but I guess he has the Autobahn and Nurburgring public roads to enjoy back home. To him 4 city blocks is probably a pretty small public playground.

I don’t remember a time I could ever have done speeding, doughnuts or standing starts on a public road legally here in the US with exception to the street courses I have raced on. After this Saturday I will be able to say I have! It is a shame we cannot drive faster here in the states. However, living here in New Jersey I can say with confidence that this is a good thing. The number of bad drivers on the road in New Jersey and New York is just incredible. When you go to Germany and then come back here to the states your brain freezes for a week – you think – how can everyone be doing this so wrong! So until our states figure out a better driver education and enforcement system I would have to say this metropolitan area certainly needs speed limits. And until we figure it out here in the US it will have to be a missed opportunity at a more efficient road system.

Next Saturday is the real prize. We head to Miami for the 2nd round of the Grand-Am Rolex Championship and I look forward to a good result coming off our 2nd place at The Daytona 24 hours. I have been training hard and have also kept myself in a racecar for the last couple weeks of downtime on the Grand-Am schedule, so are feeling confident and excited about the race.

Whole Family is Passionate About Racing

Bryce and Paul Miller

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Some of my fondest, most vivid memories growing up were watching my father [Paul Miller] race cars. He raced for about 30 years and was ranked as a top 10 Porsche driver in the world and was one of the more respected endurance drivers of his era. His career placed him in the exciting early turbo 911′s, the Porsche 934 and the Porsche 935. He also became a mainstay in the Trans-Am Series in the early and mid-80′s where he piloted a Porsche 924, custom built to compete against a larger presence of American manufacturers. He won and held the record for most top 5 qualifying positions for many years.

My older brother, Trent and Uncle Kenper also raced as well. I would go to many of their races and watch them in the pits. Just the exposure alone of walking around the pits and meeting people like Paul Newman inspired me to want to follow in my family’s footsteps. I was a big Formula 1 fan, and I’d get up with my dad on Sundays at six in the morning to watch races on TV. My godfather, John Gorsline who handles insurance for a lot of racing drivers, grabbed some tickets for us one time from an F1 team in Montreal. We had access to the pit lane, paddock, and pre-grid. I remember standing in front of the garages when Mika Hakkinen waved to me moments before going on track. That was really cool. It made racing seem tangible, like something I could do someday.

I was very eager to drive throughout my childhood so my father letup and got me into a go-kart when I was seven years old. My dad and I went to the track every weekend, and we worked really hard. That gave me some of my first insights into the elements that determine success in a race team. Having a father around who could coach me and share his experiences was invaluable and had tremendous impact on the rate of my development—it was very instrumental for me.

I could never say that racing is a passion of mine; it’s a passion of my whole family. Between my father, uncle, older brother and me, we have a combined 75+ years of experience in motor racing. It’s definitely an addictive passion!

Well, I have to go to another practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring this Saturday…

Enjoying Time at Home

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I started racing 18 years ago, and last year was by far one of the most exciting years as of yet. It was my first year in the Rolex Series and my co-driver, Dirk Werner and I achieved 10 of 13 podiums and the GT Team Championship. I missed the Driver’s Championship last year since I wasn’t in the same car as Dirk for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and he ended up a few points ahead of me when we began the season together in the second race. With that, my ultimate goal this year is to win the Driver’s and Team Championship.

Since our Homestead testing days I have been enjoying time at home with friends and family. A friend made off with my team jacket after visiting me and now I’m having difficulties getting it back – he must feel compelled to compensate by telling all the girls he’s a racing driver. I told him as long as you don’t tell them you’re me then we should be okay, Tim!

I’ve finally had some time to watch a couple of movies – Michael Clayton is a good one. I’ve also been training a lot and wrecking myself doing it, but I really enjoy the process especially for how measurable the results can be in a racecar.

We have two new sponsor’s joining our effort this year – Resorts International & Total Lubricants. We are very excited about both partnerships and their level of involvement and enthusiasm. Both companies look to benefit from networking opportunities we will deliver this season in events and through other initiatives. Total Lubricants is an especially interesting sponsor to be partnered with because of their long history in motorsports, in particularly in Formula 1. We have undergone a testing program of their oil and are benefiting from the quality and performance of their product.

I believe this season will be an extremely tight Championship for the GT category. Homestead is a small track with a couple hard braking zones and good passing opportunities. We look forward to a positive result at Homestead and are excited about our car’s development heading into the race.

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