A STEADY DRIVE THROUGH HEAVY TRAFFIC KEEPS MILLER IN THE TOP 5 (Lexington, OH-June 26, 2006) Once the dust had settled at Mid Ohio, Mikel Miller and Tim Traver found themselves finishing in a strong 8th position, good enough to keep them in the...
A STEADY DRIVE THROUGH HEAVY TRAFFIC KEEPS MILLER IN THE TOP 5
(Lexington, OH-June 26, 2006) Once the dust had settled at Mid Ohio, Mikel Miller and Tim Traver found themselves finishing in a strong 8th position, good enough to keep them in the top 5 in driver and team championship points. Mikel is currently 3rd in driver points, just 20 points behind a 6 way tie for 2nd place, and his #83 Simplenet.com Porsche is also 3rd in team points, 20 points behind a 3 way tie for second place. With 35 points going to the winner of a Grand Am Cup race, he0x2859s easily in striking distance of the leaders.
Mikel0x2859s teammate, Tim Traver, started the race in 12th in the crowded field, which was limited to 75 starters out of nearly 100 entries. Tim got off to a good start, staying out of trouble, and avoiding the early race fender banging that can occur in such a crowded field. Taking advantage of a full course caution for a car stuck in the gravel on lap 16, Tim Brought the car in to try to take advantage of an early stop strategy. Mikel Rejoined with new tires and a full fuel load in 37th position on the track. Mikel methodically worked his way back through the heavy traffic, and slower backmarkers, getting back up to 10th by lap 38. On lap 39 another full course caution for another car in the gravel trap. Mikel came in for fuel and tires to get him to the end. He rejoined in 24th place, and set out to repeat his climb through the field once again. By lap 64 he was into 9th place, and within 9 more laps, into 8th where he finished the day.
We had a great race, and although I had to be careful racing some of the drivers out there, it was fun to race wheel to wheel with Pat Long. I am also supremely disappointed in one respect, though. The BGB crew gave us a top 3 car, and at one point I may have had the best car. Technical Director Quinn Conda and Car Chief Bobby Houghton0x2859s hard work paid off, making the car fast, reliable and very predictable. I'm upset that the circumstances didn't work out to give the team the podium they deserved with the #83, however, I am ecstatic that the #38 car got onto the podium. It's a team effort and I can't say how proud I am of the whole crew, and the drivers in the #38 car, Mark Plummer and Craig Stanton.