Richard Lietz returns to Paul Miller Racing for Sebring and Petit Le Mans
Richard Lietz returns to Paul Miller Racing for 2013 American Le Mans Series endurance races in No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on Michelin tires. The Porsche works driver joins Bryce Miller and Marco Holzer for the two events.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 1, 2013) – Paul Miller Racing will see Porsche works driver Richard Lietz return to the team’s Michelin®-shod No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the longer endurance races on the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón schedule where he will co-drive with full-season teammates Bryce Miller and Marco Holzer.
“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, entering his third consecutive full season of ALMS competition, is looking forward to running the Sebring opener and the year’s other long distance races with his pair of works Porsche driver teammates.
“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.”
Paul Miller Racing recently completed a productive two-day test in its No. 48 Chopard/TOTAL Porsche along with about a dozen other ALMS competitors last week at the legendary Sebring circuit. Miller and Holzer co-drove 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.”
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