The series finale of the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge ended on a high note for Taylor and Casey in the No.17 Unitronic Audi RS 3 LMS, as they took on Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in the Fox Factory 120 this past Friday.
Casey and Taylor kept a solid pace during the promoter test day, followed by three great practice sessions before qualifying, finishing within the top three in all of them. Casey then put the No.17 Unitronic Audi RS 3 LMS on Pole with a lap time of 1:27.826. “Yet again, our #17 Unitronic Audi RS 3 LMS was extremely competitive. JDC-Miller Motorsports has given us great initial baseline setups all season. Sometimes, the Engineers and Mechanics are shadowed from the successes when drivers are in the car. But our Engineers, Cole Scrogham and Ryan Perera have truly been a pleasure to work with all year. Getting a third pole position on the season and earning a podium finish in the race was made even better by the attendance of Audi Atlanta. Their activation in professional motorsports is a shared passion and feeds their successes as the largest distributor of Audi Sport street car models in the United States. Overall, a fantastic weekend at a fantastic track!” said Casey Jr.
Casey started the race and managed his speed throughout his first stint to lead a most of the Fox Factory 120. A caution came out right before the 40-minute mark causing the team to change strategy to pit while behind the safety car. This triggered a series of pit stops and amid the chaos, a miscalculation in minimum drive time, meant Taylor had to hustle back through the field as he knew they would have to swap and put Casey back in at the end to avoid exclusion. Taylor pitted from the lead of the race and handed the car back to Casey to finish out the 2-hour endurance event. Casey spent the majority of the final 40 mins on the rear bumper of the No. 98 Hyundai but unfortunately couldn’t find a way past.
The No. 17 Unitronic Audi RS 3 LMS crossed the finish line in 2nd place this year at the Fox Factory 120 and brought home the manufacturers’ title for Audi. An enjoyable end to an outstanding partial season that included three pole position awards, three podium finishes and one victory in only six races.
“What a crazy race! We usually have a pretty easy time with strategy and pit stops as its just one stop at the midway point, but we decided to roll the dice a bit here and we just didn’t have the pace to get by the 98 at the end. I’m super proud of my whole team of the effort we have put in this year, and to help Audi get the TCR manufacturers’ championship was special! We’re already working towards coming back stronger in 2020, and I can’t wait to share that news in a few weeks. Thanks to all my partners who have helped me put this program together, I couldn’t have done it without all your help. It was just such an enjoyable year with a great group of friends!” said Taylor.
A special thanks to all of our full-season partners Unitronic, JDC-Miller MotorSports, Out There Brands, Out There Motorsport Management, Optimate High-Performance Battery Chargers, Redline Oil, Sabelt, Endless Brake Pads and Rotors, Audi Club of North America, and Autobahn Country Club.
UNITRONIC® engineers industry-leading aftermarket performance enhancing software and hardware for Audi®, Volkswagen®, Seat®, and Skoda® cars worldwide. Best known for its performance software engine and transmission calibrations, Unitronic enhances vehicle performance while maintaining complete OEM-like reliability and drivability. Unitronic’s UniCONNECT+ Programming and Diagnostic Interface empowers Unitronic Clients to safely reprogram their engine and transmission control modules from the comfort of home, anywhere in the world. Learn more about Unitronic’s competitive advantage at www.getunitronic.com.
About Out There Brands
OUT THERE BRANDS was founded by professional racing driver Michael Taylor, filling the void focusing on offering extremely personalized branding services to the motorsports industry, specializing in custom made paddock displays and motorsports apparel. Alongside these services, Out There Brands provides first-class hospitality and event management. Learn more about getting your brand out there at www.outtherebrands.com
About JDC-MILLER MOTORSPORTS
JDC-MILLER MOTORSPORTS is a world-class multiple championship winning sportscar racing team, with a total of 18 championships, 60 wins, 57 pole positions, and 195 podiums, most of which coming by way of their Prototype class programs running in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Highlights include an Overall Win at the Six Hours at Watkins Glen in 2018, 2017 Winner Extreme Spirit Award, and 2017 Winner Jim Trueman Award, providing the team an automatic entry into the 2018 24 Hours of LeMans. Learn more at www.jdcmotorsport.com