Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini squad takes dominant win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini squad takes dominant win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

27.01.2020: The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini GTD class squad dominated this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona to earn its first win in the Florida endurance sports car classic.

The Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini GTD class squad dominated this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona to earn its first win in the Florida endurance sports car classic.
 


American drivers Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, and Corey Lewis combined with Italian factory Lamborghini driver Andrea Caldarelli to lead 340 of the 765 laps to lead a 1-2 finish for Lamborghini.
 


After starting eighth on the grid, Madison Snow took the green flag, and by lap 100, Bryan Sellers had the car into second place.
 


By lap 158, Corey Lewis had the race lead after five hours and the No. 48 Total lubricants-sponsored Lamborghini remained a leading contender for the remainder of the race.
 


Paul Miller Racing held the race lead on 19 different occasions as the GTD teams cycled through pit stops, and Andrea Caldarelli took the car to the front for the final time with 27 laps remaining.
 


The team ran a nearly faultless race with only a single drive-through penalty for having the rear wheels rotating while still on the jacks in the middle of the night. By the checkered flag, the No. 48 held a 21.908-second lead to earn the team's first win at Daytona.
 


The team carried a memorial decal on their car this weekend, honoring a friend of the crew Spencer Cox that passed away in the off-season. Many members of the Paul Miller Racing team spent time racing with Cox in Daytona and having his memory in victory lane was special for much of the crew. 
 


"When I had one of the TV guys come over to me before the race ended, with about a half an hour to go, I said don’t even bother sending a camera over here before the race is over," Paul Miller Racing founder, Paul Miller said.
 


"I've driven at Le Mans and had the car break on me in the very last lap. And anything can happen, it's goofy what can happen in this game we all love.


 
"It's just so rewarding to have Lamborghini behind us, and Total behind us. And our guys have just done a great job. I'm just so over the moon.
 


"We've had the benefit of having continuity on our team, and particularly among these drivers. Andrea has been with us before, Madison is also back, which is a big deal.
 


"We have a great team and these guys really get along well and it's a really strong team effort. I really appreciate the way our whole team approaches racing.
 


“I won in 1988 as a co-driver, but to have the opportunity to own the team and have a hand in putting this group together and making decisions that helped us get this win is really satisfying.”
 


The victory at Daytona kicks off a perfect start to the team's 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title chase. Sellers and Snow will be out to replicate their 2018 championship win, which also included a major endurance victory with Lewis at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
 


After tonight's victory celebrations, the team will turn its attention to round two of the championship at Sebring in only 54 days – also round two of the North American Endurance Championship.
 




Devin Altieri, photos Paul Miller Racing

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