Long Beach: Andersen Racing qualifying report

Andersen Racing's Mechanics Repair Miller's Car and He Qualifies 13th For Long Beach's Firestone Indy Lights Race LONG BEACH, Calif., April 17 - Andersen Racing's mechanics worked non-stop to repair or replace components of the Andersen ...

Andersen Racing's Mechanics Repair Miller's Car and He Qualifies 13th For Long Beach's Firestone Indy Lights Race

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 17 - Andersen Racing's mechanics worked non-stop to repair or replace components of the Andersen Racing/Mockett/Allied No. 5 and get it ready for qualifications after Joel Miller crashed in the Firestone Indy Lights practice session Saturday morning at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Their expertise and hard work paid off when Miller was 13th-fastest in the series' qualifying session a few hours later on the temporary street circuit adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center.

Miller, who is making his first series start, was not injured in the morning practice crash, which occurred in Turn 1 of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn track. He hit a tire wall just off the unforgiving circuit and came to a stop in a precarious position, and then was hit by another driver who couldn't avoid him. The other competitor was able to drive away but Miller's car came back to the paddock via a wrecker with right-side and right-front damage.

The Andersen Racing mechanics then took center stage as they fixed the car on the floor of the Convention Center while a crowd of onlookers watched. They achieved their goal and Miller was able to run the entire qualifying session a few hours later.

That qualifying session was slowed numerous times by yellow flags, however, which made it hard for the drivers to manage the heat in their Firestone Firehawk tires and the traffic in order to record a fast lap. Miller, of Hesperia, Calif., used the session more as a practice session than a traditional qualifying effort due to the crash, but he still was able to post the 13th-fastest time with a lap in 1:16.7151 for an average speed of 92.352 miles per hour. His best lap was the 15th of 21 he ran in the session.

Miller's appearance at this race is being supported by many local businesses and individuals, including Doug Mockett of Mockett and Co., John Wilkins of Rancho Motor Co., Seers Lumber Co., Joe Phillips, Vance Mitchell and family, Greg Ewald and family, Mark Willhide, Carlo and Stacy Berro of Dreamcars, Don and Karen Shackelford, Jack and Jamie Miller, Terry Fowler of Sunset Paint and Body, and Eric Schroder.

The other Andersen Racing driver here, rookie Carmen Jorda of Alcoy, Spain, will start 16th in the Andersen Racing No. 4, which is sponsored by ASAP Sports, NTGS.es, iHOLA!, Air Europa, pepetravel.com and Allied Building Products Corp. Her qualifying time was 1:18.4485 for an average speed of 90.311 mph. Her best lap came on the 26th of 28 laps she ran in the session.

-source: ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Doug Mockett , John Wilkins , Joel Miller , Carmen Jorda