Per Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports:
After suffering fuel pickup issues, dropping them down the order, the #17 Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSport Audi RS 3 LMS TCR recovered from 2 laps behind to take victory at the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener.
Daytona, FL – What started as a perfect weekend, with driver Mikey Taylor going fastest in first official practice by more than 2.7 seconds over their nearest competitor, turned into a weekend of learning and development with the new for 2021 drivetrain and chassis setup, requiring extensive setup changes between sessions and right up until the race in order to help guarantee the reliability of the car. In addition, the team’s Audi RS 3 LMS TCR SEQ (sequential transmission) is a newly permitted package in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, and underwent several Balance of Performance (BoP) changes, mandated by the series and their technical staff throughout the weekend, leaving the team and drivers unsure what kind of speed could be produced in the race.
After a brilliant qualifying effort by Dr. William Tally on Thursday afternoon, the team was set for a 4th place starting position for the first of two four-hour endurance races of the 2021 season. Being the designated qualifying driver, meant Tally had to start the race in the black, yellow and white machine. Tally, in only his second ever IMSA event, met the challenge with what seemed a seasoned skill, by moving his way up the order eventually leading the race for a brief period before heading into the pits to make the team’s scheduled pit stop and driver change, handing it over to full-season driver Chris Miller.
“I’m so excited to be able to defend last year’s P2 at Daytona with a new, amazing team. I’m also proud to represent Centinel Spine’s prodisc motion preserving implants as both a surgeon and patient ambassador. We’re here to show that spinal surgery doesn’t have to end adventures!”
– Dr. William Tally, Orthopedic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, and Race Car Driver