Mazda factory driver Joel Miller is one of a pair of late additions to the driver roster for this weekend’s Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen, the sixth round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and Round 3 of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
In a deal completed on Tuesday, team principal Brent O’Neill secured Miller to make his second start for the team this season in their No.38 Centinel Spine/ Restitute Health-backed ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car after forming part of the team’s squad that brought the car home in eighth place on their debut with the car.
O’Neill is looking forward to the technical input that Miller can add to the effort.
“The experience he has from all the time he spent with Mazda developing their prototype is beneficial to us because he gives great feedback,” he said.
“Joel understands what we’re trying to get out of the car and communicates back changes. He’s also really easy to work with, he blends right in with our team.”
Miller, who was dropped from the full-time Mazda DPi squad in the wake of the move from a Speedsource-run effort to the current Mazda team Joest program, is relishing the opportunity to add additional pace to the regular team duo of James French and Kyle Masson:
“Our run at Daytona went well,” he said, “and they had had the car less than 30 days, so I’m looking forward to seeing the developments they have made since then.
“Brent leads a great group of guys. They really do a great job at IMSA’s top level as a small team competing against some big names.
“Working with Kyle and James again will be great as we look to challenge for a good result. That is the fun part. I like looking over the data and getting the car in the window. I have to thank everyone and Brent for the opportunity. I cannot wait to get started.”
Mario Farnbacher is another late addition aboard the Paul Gentilozzi-run 3GT Racing No.15 Lexus RC F GT3 in the GTD class alongside ex-IndyCar driver Jack Hawksworth and David Heinemeier Hansson.