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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 www.brycemiller.net and you can follow Bryce on Facebook and Twitter.