Bryan Sellers

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Bryan Sellers
NationalityAmerican
Born (1982-08-19) August 19, 1982 (age 37)
Dayton, Ohio
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career
Debut season2014
Current teamPaul Miller Racing
Car number48
EngineLamborghini
Former teamsTeam Falken Tire
Previous series
Championship titles
2002USF2000
Awards
2001Team USA Scholarship

Bryan Sellers (born August 19, 1982, in Dayton, Ohio) is an American racing driver. Sellers won the title in the USF2000 in 2002 and later competed in the Atlantic Championship and in racing sports cars.

Racing career[edit]

Bryan Sellers first competed in the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup and the Gold Cup in 1994, racing other young drivers such as Danica Patrick.[1][relevant? ] In 1998, Sellers won the Spec 100 Open class in the Manufacturer's Cup, beating future Atlantic Championship rival Jonathan Macri.[2]

Sellers made his first auto racing start in a Star Mazda in 1998, before competing in the Midwestern Skip Barber Formula Dodge. Sellers won the championship, beating other young hopefuls such as Caio Travaglini and Jason LaPoint.[3] Sellers won his first two races at the Indianapolis Raceway Park road course,[4] and ran races in the other Formula Dodge regions. At Lime Rock Park, Sellers beat Marc Breuers to win two races.[5] In 2000, Sellers competed in the second edition of the Skip Barber National Championship; he won races at Grattan Raceway at the start of the season but lost the title to Canadian Anthony Simone.[6] Due to his strong results in the Skip Barber ranks, Sellers advanced to the Barber Dodge Pro Series at Road America, supporting the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America, and placed twelfth in his debut race.

For 2001, Sellers signed with DSTP Motorsports for a partial schedule in the USF2000. After one race, the team switched from the Mygale chassis to the more favorable Van Diemen chassis. The best result for Sellers was a seventh place at Sebring International Raceway.[7] Supported by Team USA Scholarship, Sellers and teammate A. J. Allmendinger competed for a number of races in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship. Sellers and Allmendinger finished second and third in the prestigious New Zealand Grand Prix which was won by Fabian Coulthard.[8] For the 2002 season, Sellers returned to the United States to race in the USF2000, joining the highly successful Cape Motorsports outfit.[9] Sellers won the first race at Sebring and won another seven races to claim the championship.[10] The following year, 2003, Sellers joined the Atlantic Championship with Lynx Racing. Running a partial schedule, Sellers scored three top-ten finishes out of four races. In 2004, Sellers competed in all races of the championship; he claimed three podium finishes: at Long Beach, Cleveland and Denver.

Sellers driving the Falken Tire Porsche at Road Atlanta in 2011.

Unable to continue in single seaters,[why?] Sellers shifted his focus to the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am. Panoz Motorsports signed Sellers to drive their Panoz Esperante GTLM. The team had a tough season with a number of retirements. The best result for Sellers was a fifth place at the 2005 Portland Grand Prix with teammate Robin Liddell. For 2006 Sellers joined BMW Team PTG in of their BMW M3 GTR entries. Sellers and teammate Justin Marks finished 24th in the season standings. After running various races in 2007, Sellers joined the Rolex Sports Car Series for their 2008 season. Joining The Racer's Group, Sellers scored a third place in class at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Sellers was placed sixteenth in the series championship. After running three races in 2009 for Team Falken Tire, Sellers joined the team full-time in 2010 and scored numerous top-ten finishes in the American Le Mans Series. In 2011, Sellers scored two class wins in the GT class with teammate Wolf Henzler at Mid-Ohio and Baltimore. For 2012, Sellers remained at Team Falken Tire, run by Walker Racing. Sellers and Henzler again won their class at Baltimore. Sellers also ran in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Fall-Line Motorsports, placing tenth in the championship standings. In 2013, Sellers won Petit Le Mans in the GT class, the final ALMS event before being merged into the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Sellers repeated this performance in 2014. In 2015, Sellers won the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen.

Personal life[edit]

Sellers is married to pit lane reporter Jamie Howe,[11] and the couple have two children.[12]

Racing record[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

Legend
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place (Top 5)
Light Blue 6th–10th place (Top 10)
Dark Blue Finished (Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish (DNF)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Brown Withdrew (Wth)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race abandoned (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Driver replacement (Rpl)
Race not held (NH)
Not competing
In-Line Notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
miscellaneous notation

Barber Dodge Pro Series[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2000 United States
SEB
United States
MIA
United States
NAZ
United States
LRP
United States
DET
United States
CLE
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
12
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
United States
RAT
United States
HMS
26th 4

USF2000 National Championship[edit]

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2000 Archangel Motorsports United States
PIR
Canada
MOS1
Canada
MOS2
United States
IRP1
United States
ROA1
United States
ROA1
Canada
TRR
Canada
MOS3
United States
WGI1
United States
WGI2
United States
IRP2
United States
ATL1
24
United States
ATL2
13
N.C. N.C.
2001 DSTP Motorsports United States
HMS1
17
United States
HMS2
DNQ
United States
HMS3
DNQ
United States
WGI1
20
United States
WGI2
14
United States
IRP
DNQ
United States
MDO1
28
United States
MDO2
22
United States
ROA1
United States
ROA2
United States
MDO3
8
United States
SEB1
7
United States
SEB2
23
18th 42
2002 Cape Motorsports United States
SEB1
1
United States
SEB2
3
Canada
MOS1
1
Canada
MOS2
1
United States
IRP
9
United States
MIL1
6
United States
MIL2
12
United States
MDO
3
United States
MDO
1
United States
MDO
22
United States
ROA1
1
United States
ROA2
1
United States
VIR1
1
United States
VIR2
1
1st 327

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2003 Lynx Racing Mexico
MTY
United States
LBH
United States
MIL
United States
LS
11
United States
POR
10
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
7
Canada
TRR
United States
MDO
6
Canada
MTL
United States
DEN
United States
MIA
14th 30
2004 Lynx Racing United States
LBH
3
Mexico
MTY
12
United States
MIL
5
United States
POR1
7
United States
POR2
5
United States
CLE
2
Canada
TOR
5
Canada
VAN
11
United States
ROA
6
United States
DEN
3
Canada
MTL
6
United States
LS
10
6th 227

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MANUFACTURER'S CUP SERIES - ARCHIVED STANDINGS 1994". World Karting Association. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ "MANUFACTURER'S CUP SERIES - ARCHIVED STANDINGS 1998". World Karting Association. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ "1999 Formula Dodge Midwestern Race Series". Skip Barber. Archived from the original on February 22, 2001. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  4. ^ "1999 Midwestern Series Results Indianapolis Raceway Park". Skip Barber. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ "1999 Eastern Series Results Lime Rock Park". Skip Barber. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Formula Dodge National Championship 2000 standings". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  7. ^ "US F2000 at the "Sebring Speedfest" - Race #1 Results". USF2000. Archived from the original on August 26, 2003. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  8. ^ "P&O Nedlloyd New Zealand Grand Prix". Motorsport New Zealand. Archived from the original on February 25, 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Bryan Sellers". USF2000. Archived from the original on November 28, 2003. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  10. ^ "FF2000 Zetec Championship Point Standings". USF2000. Archived from the original on November 28, 2003. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  11. ^ Snider, Eric (May 25, 2012). "Off to the Races!". The Atlantan Magazine. Archived from the original on August 27, 2019. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Jamie Howe – Pit Reporter, NHRA & IMSA". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on June 9, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2019.

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