Joel Miller tests SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 November 13, 2008 (Hesperia, CA) -- Joel Miller took his first steps in a sports car this past Tuesday at Daytona International Raceway while driving the No. 70 MAZDA RX-8 for SpeedSource. The test was a...
Joel Miller tests SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
November 13, 2008 (Hesperia, CA) -- Joel Miller took his first steps in a sports car this past Tuesday at Daytona International Raceway while driving the No. 70 MAZDA RX-8 for SpeedSource. The test was a part of the Pirelli tire test for the 2009 compound tire. Miller, the current runner up in the Star Mazda presented by Goodyear Championship, has never driven this type of car before, as his background has been single-seater formula cars and karting. Before going on track he mentioned, "Again Mazda has given me the opportunity to show that I can move forward in my career, I cannot wait to drive the car that won last year." Joel tested with three other drivers looking to secure a seat in the car for the 2009 Rolex Daytona 24hr event.
The session consisted of a 10 lap run which meant getting up to speed quickly was key. He was the second driver in the line-up of four, and once belted in took to the Daytona road circuit. Miller, having never driven the track previously and having to learn a completely foreign car had his hands full. "Initially I was just trying to manipulate traffic so I could focus on learning the track. You have to be careful with the Daytona Prototypes because they do not wait around to overtake," he said. "Apart from that I was able to adapt to the car in the few laps that I had. I was surprised that visibility was not that bad, and I fit in the car quite well. Each lap I was feeling more and more comfortable. Once I learned the braking capabilities of the car and necessity for patience my lap times dropped quickly and were consistent," commented Miller afterwards.
"I have to thank Sylvain Trembley for letting me drive the car, John Doonan and Mazda for giving me the opportunity," says Miller.JCurrently, Joel is awaiting the decisions of the team for the final driver line up in the No. 70 MAZDA RX-8.