Miller and Carhartt Racing Takes Second Consecutive Top 10 and Top Rookie Award Miller recovers from a blown engine in first round qualifying to post impressive 9th at the Toronto Molson Indy Toronto, ON (July 11, 2004) --- The Carhartt Racing...
Miller and Carhartt Racing Takes Second Consecutive Top 10 and Top Rookie Award
Miller recovers from a blown engine in first round qualifying to post impressive 9th at the Toronto Molson Indy
Toronto, ON (July 11, 2004) --- The Carhartt Racing #8 CASCAR Super Series team captured their second consecutive ninth-place result in the Toronto Molson Indy this past weekend. Marc Miller, the team's driver and the only American driver in the 29-car field, took top Rookie honors also for the second time in a row.
Miller started from the outside of the seventh-row after a blown motor in Friday's open practice session put his Carhartt Racing team into the mode of repairing the damaged engine. The team missed the long first round of qualifying and had the daunting task of having only 10-laps to get the car safely in a good starting spot in the tough 29-car field on Saturday morning's 20-minute qualifying session. With only one lap up to that point, Miller qualified the car a respectable 14th.
"We overcame quite a bit this weekend," said Miller. "I can't say enough for our team. We had an engine failure and not only did our engine builder stay up through the night, but many members of our team worked non-stop to get me a car to qualify by 8 am. We were very happy to get the car safely in the field. With some changes we should be back to our top 10 pace."
"After Marc qualified the car so well I thought to myself 'We may be able to turn this weekend around after all'," said Dave Connelly, owner of the Carhartt Racing team. "We can definitely improve on these top-10 runs heading into Vancouver."
In the afternoon race, Miller started aggressively and passed two cars on the outside entering corner one, battling for 11th for the next 15 laps with Brad Graham. Miller pushed hard and eventually fell into the 9th spot chasing both Kerry Micks and 3-time CASCAR Champ, Dave Whitlock. A vibration developed in the driveline which turned out to be a cracked clutch assembly but Marc held off Peter Gibbons, the current points leader, and brought the car home in 9th position, winning the 2004 Toronto Molson Indy TOP ROOKIE AWARD.
"We had a pretty good car considering the lack of practice we had," said Miller. "We definitely could have run with Micks and Whitlock but the vibration got so bad that we decided to nurse it home and get the finish instead of risk stranding ourselves on the side of the track. We will have a good race car for Vancouver though and the team is looking forward to putting the Carhartt car up front."
"This is what team work is all about," said Tim Glassford, crew chief of the Carhartt team. "Everyone pulled together, worked hard and accomplished the unthinkable. I'm very proud of the entire team for pulling this off. Marc did an awesome job brining home a damaged racecar in one piece and in the top 10."
The Carhartt Racing #8 team will next head to the Vancouver Molson Indy event on July 23 and 24 to continue their string of top-10 finishes and top-rookie awards. Carhartt (www.carhartt.com) is the world's leading manufacturer of workwear. Hard at work since 1889. The team is also sponsored by the United Association of Journeyman & Apprentices (UA), Maytag, DeWalt, Miller Electric, Castrol, Tide, Reid Bros. Collision and Praxair. For more information regarding the Carhartt Racing team, log onto www.carharttracing.com. More information on Marc Miller can be found at www.themarcmillershow.com. For CASCAR schedules and television air-times, goto www.cascar.com.