Recent Mazda DPi driver Joel Miller has been chosen by Prototype newcomer Performance Tech Motorsports to complete its Rolex 24 at Daytona Lineup. Miller joins joins James French, Kyle Masson and Pato O’Ward in the No. 38 ORECA 07-Gibson for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.
“It’s a great week for our team adding Centinel Spine and closing a deal to have Joel with us at the 24,” said team owner Brent O’Neill. “I talked with Joel while we were at the Roar and decided he would be a solid addition to the team. Thanks to our long relationship with [Mazda Motorsports director John] Doonan we were able to make that happen even though he’s still with Mazda. Joel has an engineering background paired with racing experience which will really help as we continue to learn this new car. He’s a great kid, and we’re happy to have him.”
Miller spent the Roar Before the 24 in BAR1 Motorsports’ Riley/Multimatic Mk. 30-Gibson Prototype entry, and with his move to the reigning IMSA PC champions, the Californian will complement one of the stronger pro-am efforts in the field.
“I look forward to working with the Performance Tech team and working together with the drivers,” he said. “It’s a small family team that always takes the fight to bigger teams which is inspiring to see. They’ve won this race already in the PC class, so the team knows the process. I’m glad to help bridge the learning gap to IMSA’s top class for the Rolex 24 hour but the car was competitive at the Roar, so I expect we will continue on the path the Performance Tech engineers have planned. If I can lend some setup help then, fantastic, I’ll be there to help.”