Paul Miller Racing has rounded out its lineup for the upcoming Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with one of the world's best sports car racers over the past two decades – three-time American Le Mans Series class champion Sascha Maassen. The German will co-drive the No. 48 Marquis Jet/TOTAL/IPC Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Bryce Miller and Rene Rast in the classic, once-around-the-clock endurance event.
Maassen, 41, from Aachen, Germany, owns a racing résumé that includes the ALMS LMP2 title in 2006, ALMS GT championships in 2002 and 2003, two GT-class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and five class victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring. The former Porsche factory driver picked up his fifth Sebring class win last year in the LMP2 class and scored four straight GT class victories from 2001 through 2004.
“I am happy to be back in a Porsche GT car at Sebring where I had some of my nicest GT wins,” said Maassen. “I must thank Paul Miller Racing for the chance to come back to this race, and I am happy to help a new team with my experience. We have everything we need to be successful: a Porsche, good tires, good drivers and a good team.”
“Sascha comes into our program as a proven winner and consistent pacesetter,” said Miller. “He's done just about all of it when it comes to sports car racing. We're really looking to draw from his experience and his leadership to make a positive impact in our team. We're very excited about having Sascha on board.”
The trio of Miller, Maassen and Rast will look to get Paul Miller Racing's full-season effort in the highly competitive ALMS GT class off to a solid start in the series' season-opener and biggest race. The team has moved into GT this year after competing in the GTC class last season and faces what is admittedly a steep learning curve.
“We've definitely got our work cut out for us in the GT class this season, but I can think of nobody better to help us get our effort off on the right foot than Sascha,” said team owner Paul Miller. “His experience and accomplishments are really second to none. He obviously knows what it takes to make Porsches go fast around racetracks all over the world and especially at Sebring. We're looking to him to lead our young drivers and young team in the right direction and I don't believe we could have asked for a better combination than this for the 12 Hours.”
The 59th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will take the green flag at 10:30 a.m. ET.