ALTON, Va. – It doesn’t always take winning races to be in the hunt for a championship at the end of a season.
For the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing team, sitting third in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport class standings just eight points out of the lead, this season has been about consistency and making the most of every race.
Winless so far, co-drivers Marc Miller and Till Bechtolsheimer have recorded two podium finishes in seven races, and have yet to finish below eighth. The No. 33 Porsche Cayman GT4 also is the only car to finish on the lead lap in every race this year.
“We have a championship-caliber team and I’m very thankful, as they have the type of drive to make a run at this,” said Miller. “Without that, it’d be very easy for them to have thrown in the towel when we were struggling for speed the first half of the season. I don’t think a win is out of the question this year. I’m sure as hell trying and I know they are too. If we can get a little bit of luck, it would go a long way for us in the championship to be able to get a win.”
For Miller, a Continental Tire Challenge veteran who made his 50th start at Lime Rock Park last month, the best place to get that first win of the season might just be at next week’s Biscuitville Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway. He won the event in 2016 with then co-driver Danny Burkett.
Between Miller and Bechtolsheimer, the series veteran brings all the experience to the table at VIR. The circuit is the last of four tracks on the schedule this year where Bechtolsheimer, in the midst of his first full Continental Tire Challenge season, has not competed previously.
“It’s been hugely helpful having Marc as my co-driver this year with all the experience that he brings, especially because it’s been one of those seasons where we’re really having to play the long game,” said Bechtolsheimer. “That’s been the name of the game for us and I think that takes a level of maturity and a level of experience to be able to deliver on that type of a season. I think having Marc continuing to point that out, it’s been really useful and it’s been really helpful for me.”