Bryce Miller and Sascha Maassen of Paul Miller Racing Carry Momentum to Mosport International Raceway
July 22, 2011
On the heels of what could have been a breakthrough race, Paul Miller Racing No. 48 Chopard/Marquis Jet/TOTAL/IPC Porsche 911 GT3 RSR co-drivers Bryce Miller and Sascha Maassen head to Canada's Mosport International Raceway for Sunday's American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Grand Prix of Mosport carrying great momentum.
The driving duo earned their best ALMS result of the season to date with a sixth-place run in the GT class two weeks ago in the team's "home" race at Lime Rock Park. What is even more encouraging is the fact that the Yokohama-shod No. 48 Porsche spent a significant amount of time inside the top five in each of the past two ALMS races at Lime Rock and Long Beach, perhaps indicating that the drivers and team are zeroing in on their Yokohama tires' "sweet spot."
But what will it take for the team to accomplish that goal? What are the keys to success at Mosport?
"Mosport is the quickest track of the year," says Maassen. "A good balanced car is very important for the quick corners there. If you lose the confidence as a driver it is difficult to get it back. With the steep learning curve that we had in the past three races I am confident that our team can manage the challenges in Mosport as well."
Maassen, Miller and the rest of the No. 48 Porsche team will get their first crack at managing those challenges on Friday afternoon in a promoter test session from 3:10 to 4:40 p.m. ET. Saturday's schedule begins with a pair of hour-long practice sessions, one beginning at 10:25 a.m. ET and the other at 2:25 p.m., followed by 15 minutes of qualifying from 3:50 to 4:05 p.m.
The race day schedule on Sunday opens with a 20-minute warm up at 10:00 a.m. ET. From 12:00 Noon to 12:45 p.m., Miller and Maassen will participate in the ALMS autograph session behind the Paul Miller Racing team transporter, and then it's on to the race. The Grand Prix of Mosport will be two hours and 45 minutes in length and takes the green flag at 3:05 p.m. ET.
ESPN3.com will offer live broadcasts in the United States for both qualifying and the race. The qualifying broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon with the race broadcast slated to start at 2:50 p.m. ET on Sunday. ESPN2 will have same-day tape-delayed television coverage beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday night. Live Timing & Scoring data from every session is also available at AmericanLeMans.com.
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