VALUABLE POINTS FOR JDC MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD ATLANTA
Miller remains a championship contender, while Pfeiffer advances most positions in doubleheader
MINNEAPOLIS, MIN. (May 10, 2008) -- While JDC MotorSports' second F2000 Championship Series event of the year was not quite as successful as planned, the Minnesota-based team left Road Atlanta with valuable championship points. Traveling to the famed Road Atlanta road course in Georgia for an unusual Thursday-Saturday event on May 8-10, the team once again put its drivers in the hunt as rookie Chris Miller extended his top-10 run to four races with a fifth on Saturday and a sixth on Sunday. Columbian Juan Pfeiffer struggled in qualifying, but was magical when he put on his race face, charging through the field to a pair of 14th place results, passing a total of 23 cars during the two main events.
The first official practice on Friday set the stage for what would be up-and down event for JDC MotorSports and its drivers. While Chris Miller immediately showed good speed in his inaugural outing the high-speed track, his freshman teammate Juan Pfeiffer battled assorted problems and was unable to show his true speed. As a condensed two-day event following Thursday testing, it was only a short time before both JDC race pilots were back on-course for Race #1 qualifying. Driving the No. 85 Miller Milling / JDC MotorSports Van Diemen, Miller posted a fast time mere tenths slower than the polesitter, earning a third-row starting position for Round Three later in the day. For Pfeiffer, qualifying had less than desirable results, as the Colombian was only able to post the 26th quickest time due to continued problems with his car.
When the checkered flag waved at the end of day one at Road Atlanta, the JDC MotorSports duo had earned crucial championship points, working hard to advance from their qualifying positions. Miller was engaged in the premier fight for position among the front-runners, crossing the stripe in a solid fifth. Piloting the No. 86 Miller Milling / JDC MotorSports entry, Pfeiffer was one of the drivers on the move during the 18-lap affair, advancing a total of 12 positions for a 14th place result. After his difficult run in qualifying, this was a great effort for Pfeiffer.
After electing not to contest the morning practice session on Saturday due to poor track conditions that were the result of a severe overnight storm, the JDC MotorSports pairing returned to the course on Saturday morning for the second qualifying session of the weekend. In a session that featured slower times than expected for all the drivers, both Miller and Pfeiffer encountered both problems and traffic, preventing them from posting a good time. The result was a sixth-row starting position for Miller and 13th-row grid position for Pfeiffer.
Confident they could show their true speed in Round Four, Miller and Pfeiffer did just that. Overcoming his worst starting position thus far, Miller immediately cracked the top-10. Deeper in the field, Pfeiffer was quickly working his way forward. Executing some bold passing moves on the 2.5-mile road course, the JDC MotorSports drivers showcased their talents during the 18-lap race. When the event came to a close, Miller had captured a sixth place finish, while Pfeiffer crossed the stripe in 14th, passing a series-high 23 cars during the doubleheader.
The JDC MotorSports F2000 Championship Series drivers and crew will now a multi-week break, before returning to action on June 14-15 with a doubleheader at Watkins Glen International in Upstate New York. The team's Star Mazda Championship line-up will be back in action this coming weekend, however, running the second event on the calendar on May 16-17 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.