August 25, 2010 (Hesperia, CA) - Joel Miller recorded a top-ten finish this past weekend in the Firestone Indy Lights race at Infineon Raceway, after serving a penalty for an engine change which had him start at the rear of the field.The weekend...
August 25, 2010 (Hesperia, CA) - Joel Miller recorded a top-ten finish this past weekend in the Firestone Indy Lights race at Infineon Raceway, after serving a penalty for an engine change which had him start at the rear of the field.The weekend was a one-off opportunity for Miller to drive for Bryan Herta Autosport in the number #r8 entry. Miller, who last drove an Indy Lights car in his series debut in April, was becoming more comfortable with every session.
In Sunday's morning warm-up, Miller was second quickest on the time charts and excited about his prospects for the race.
"I was bummed about the penalty from the engine change but that just meant I had to work harder and I felt we had a car capable of moving forward," Miller said.
He picked off two cars as soon as the green flag dropped and settled into position to begin his advance. The race included various caution periods which brought the field together and allowed Miller opportunities to overtake. Using all the tools inside the car via the front roll bar and brake bias, Miller tried to cope with an understeer that developed early in the race.
"This was something we were battling all weekend and the issue came back when the heat of the day set in," Miller noted.b^0x001cBetween my engineer and Bryan Herta, they helped me as best they could from pit lane over the radio.On my side, I was working on a way to drive around the problem."In the end, Miller finished ninth after starting 16th to record his first top 10 in the Indy Lights championship, and gaining Miller the Hard Chargers award.
"All in all I know we could have been better," said Miller. "With every session I was getting faster.Bryan Herta along with my engineer really helped me learn the car this weekend as I had not completed any testing in the Indy Lights car since my previous experience during the Long Beach GP weekend. The goal now is to sort out and secure the funding for a full-season effort in 2011.
I have to thank my sponsors from this weekend -- Doug Mockett & Company, Valli Construction, Blanco Basura, The Mitchell Company, Paradise Landscape and Lamborghini Travels -- and, of course, everyone at BHA."