Dated: August 6, 2009
Miller Barrett Racing will start its first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race – at Watkins Glen International – from the top half of the GT class grid. Kevin Roush of Upland, Calif., will drive the first stint of the two-hour race on Friday evening and Bryce Miller of Summit, N.J., will finish the race.
Roush qualified the No. 48 Marquis Jet / IPC / Total Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on the historic 2.45-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y., in one minute 13.286 seconds at an average speed of 120.35 mph. He was slowed by traffic on course, so he believes the car has more speed for race day.
"The car got better each and every session. That's what's important," he said. "The team did a great job and the car was good. We just started a little farther away than probably ideal, but we got faster every session and I think we're going to get better yet. Every change we've made to the car, Bryce and I both said, 'Great, great, great!' I think we're going to race a lot better than we qualified."
Miller agreed: "Everything has gone fairly well for our first rollout of the car. The team is feeling pretty confident because we know the speed of the car is more than what was reflected in qualifying. That's a great morale-booster for the crew and for the drivers. So far, the reliability in the car has been perfect. We've made some really dramatic improvements with the platform and the race setup, so it's all positive, forward movement.
The two-hour Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race is set for 6:30 pm Friday on the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International Raceway road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Bryce Miller races with the support of three international sponsors. Marquis Jet is the recognized leader in private jet cards because it's the only program that offers exclusive access to NetJets – the gold standard in private aviation – 25 hours at a time. 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.