BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 22, 2012) - Bryce Miller and Sascha Maassen picked up their best result since the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season opener in Sunday's Grand Prix of Mosport at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the Paul Miller Racing No. 48 Dunlop/Chopard/TOTAL Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Miller crossed the finish line in sixth place, but the No. 48 Porsche was promoted to fifth when ALMS officials disqualified the race-winning No. 45 Porsche. As a result, Miller and Maassen matched their season-best outing in the 2012 ALMS season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring. It was the team's fourth top-eight result in five races this season.
"We had a good race," said team owner Paul Miller. "We took a significant step in our performance, the crew did a great job and we had a great race car. We made a mistake in the pits with a speed limit penalty, which cost us at least one position and maybe two, but we're really happy with the race car and with the step we took. The tires were fantastic, and it was very competitive with Andy Lally and Jorg Muller and a couple other guys."
The No. 48 Porsche spent a fair amount of time in the top five during the two-hour and 45-minute race. However, a drive-through penalty following the team's final pit stop for speeding on pit lane forced Miller to play catch up for the final hour of the race.
The drive-through penalty ultimately forced the No. 48 off the lead lap, but Miller gamely battled Lally in the No. 44 Porsche and Muller in the No. 56 BMW over the final hour of the race. He managed to keep them in his mirrors on a restart and through a frenetic final 10 minutes.
"I thought I was going to be able to benefit from the way I was able to manage the traffic leading up to the last caution, but then at the restart, there was a P2 battle going on," Bryce explained. "Going into Turn 2, four of them were fighting for position and one of them really was very aggressive and got into me pretty good and pushed us off line. Our advantage was lost and we were just right back into it. We were just trading times on the watch.
"The team gave us an awesome car that I could really lean on and rely on lap after lap. It was consistent and it gave me a lot of confidence. That's what