Paul Miller Racing’s went from the highest of highs after securing pole for the first-ever GTD pole position for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship today at Daytona International Raceway to finding themselves vacating the position after their No. 48 PMR Audi R8 failed technical inspection.
A new rule established by IMSA after the Roar Before The 24 which limits the minimum and maximum height of the rear wing end plates was reportedly violated by the team. GTD teams at the Roar, reacting to rear wing changes called for by the series to slow the cars on the straights, manipulated their rear wing end plate height to reduce downforce, and it’s likely this is where the infraction occurred.
Third-place Prototype qualifiers Starworks Motorsports had their time disallowed as well after a minimum ride height violation was found and an unapproved aerodynamic device caught the attention of the IMSA tech team.
Both cars will be sent to the back of the field.
In GTD, the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 piloted by Toni Vilander set the second-fasted lap during time trials and will now inherit pole. In Prototype, the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP moves up to take third on the grid.
Another GTD Audi also failed tech as the third-place Fall-Line R8 did not pass its minimum ride height test.
Tune in for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona at the following times:
Saturday, Jan. 25
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6 p.m. on FOX Sports 2 (Same Day)