Paul Miller Racing won’t be running in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, once the season gets going again in July.
The championship-winning GTD team from 2018 season has chosen to skip the Daytona and Sebring races in July, due to the COVID–19 situation, where Paul Miller Auto Group has had to send a lot of employees home. So the organisation don’t think that they can defend to go racing, when their workforce outside the motorsport division is sitting at home.
The decision has surely been tough to make, since the team won the Daytona 24 Hours back in January, so they currently are sitting as championship leaders with Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, who was the championship-winning driver pairing from 2018.
The point system in IMSA basically puts them out of the overall championship in 2020. Everybody gets points, as long as they take the start of the race. Even if they would be running top results for the rest of the season, the two times zero-points can’t be caught up again. They do however still have chances in the Michelin Endurance Cup, which they also lead. The next round counting towards the MEC is Watkins Glen in early October.
The team is, however, unsure if the July rounds will be the only ones for them to skip. It all depends on how the situation develops, and when the dealerships can run like normal again.
Paul Miller Racing is the first team that publicly announces their absence from the starting grid, once the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship restarts the 2020 season on 4 July at Daytona International Speedway, with a 2 hours and 40 minutes race for the DPi, GTLM and GTD categories.