Race fans living near New Smyrna Speedway were not hearing the sounds of a late model stock car circling the half-mile oval late Friday evening.
Believe it or not, it was a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 owned by Paul Miller Racing and driven by Bryan Sellers – a car that will be racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday afternoon.
Finding their engine parameters were not matching the other Lamborghinis, the team decided to change the engine, gearbox and electrical components on the No. 48 TOTAL Lubricants Lamborghini following Friday’s final IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice. With no opportunity for a hardship lap at Daytona, the team rented the short track in nearby Samsula for an hour beginning around 9 p.m. Friday. The test went well, with the electronics functioning properly, the car shifting without problems and no leaks.
“Wow, that was my first time on a short track in at least 15 years,” said Sellers, whose biggest concern was the steep banking in the corners preventing oil to get to the engine. “I did around 15 to 20 laps. I was able to get up to the top of third gear, and everything was working OK.
“Now, we’ll try to have a good race,” Sellers added. “We’re in a position where we won’t win on outright speed. We need to win on consistency and reliability. That needs to be our focus moving forward. Now the work is done and we need to try and see where we end up.”
Sellers will co-drive with Madison Snow, Andrea Caldarelli and Bryce Miller in today’s event.
“We don’t exactly know where we are, but that doesn’t matter if we can’t get to the last three hours of the race,” Snow said. “We’ll see how good the weather is, how good our car is, and how good everyone else is.”
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