MILLER PROVIDES JDC MOTORSPORTS WITH SECOND PODIUM IN F2000 Minnesota driver now lies third in championship following Watkins Glen doubleheader WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 16, 2008) -- JDC MotorSports once again showcased its position as one of the...
MILLER PROVIDES JDC MOTORSPORTS WITH SECOND PODIUM IN F2000
Minnesota driver now lies third in championship following Watkins Glen doubleheader
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 16, 2008) -- JDC MotorSports once again showcased its position as one of the leading junior formula car teams in North America in earning a podium finish over the weekend (June 14-15) in the highly-competitive F2000 Championship Series Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire. Competing at the historic Watkins Glen International road course, series rookie Chris Miller finished third and ninth in the doubleheader, advancing to third in the overall championship fight. JDC teammate Juan Pfeiffer, thanks to results of 10th and seventh in two races, now sits ninth in the title chase in his inaugural season of Formula Ford 2000 competition.
Arriving at Watkins Glen mid-week, the JDC MotorSports rookies got their first chance to sample the high-speed road course in upstate New York via a pre-event test day. Unfortunately, an incident by another car in the first session, combined with an electrical issue with Pfeiffer's car, meant the duo turned a limited number of laps during the day. Despite the lack of track time in testing, the JDC MotorSports team was upbeat entering the first day of official action. However, this did not translate into the results desired during the two Friday practice days, as Miller only cracked the top-15 on one occasion.
With the JDC MotorSports crew and drivers having identified the problems, the first of two race days commenced with a morning qualifying session. Rising to the occasion, Miller posted the fourth fastest time in the session behind the wheel of his No. 85 Miller Milling/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, earning a second-row starting position. Continually learning the demanding road course, Pfeiffer placed himself 17th on the grid, part of a group of 10 cars separated by less than a second on the time sheets.
When the green flag waved for Round Five a few hours later, the JDC MotorSports drivers once again displayed their race talents. Involved in a heated battle for position right from the get-go, Miller not only kept his car intact, but also regrouped from losing several positions during the opening lap. When the checkered flag waved at the conclusion of the 12-lap race, the Minnesota native had scored his second podium position of the season, crossing the line in third place. Pfeiffer's race proved just as entertaining. Dicing for position lap after lap, the Bogota, Colombia, driver steadily worked his way towards the front, eventually taking the flag in 10th place, his third top-10 result in five races.
After briefly celebrating the results from day one of the doubleheader, the drivers were back in action one day later at Watkins Glen. In increasingly warming temperatures, both JDC drivers were unable to match the times from the previous day when the flag waved to end the second qualifying session. As a result, Miller fell back to sixth on the grid for race two later in the day, while Pfeiffer placed himself on the inside of row eight with the 15th quickest time.
Getting the green flag a few hours later, race two of the event proved to be a wild event. Not only were the two JDC rookies forced to overcome three and four-wide racing around the high-speed road course, but also several incidents and a dramatic restart. Piloting the No. 86 Miller Milling/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports car, Pfeiffer made the most of the opportunities to score his best result of the season, receiving the checkered flag in seventh place. Meanwhile, Miller had worked his way into the lead pack and was less fortunate, eventually crossing the stripe in ninth place, part of a large group of cars battling for position.
Returning to Minnesota with the JDC MotorSports crew, Miller and Pfeiffer will next get behind the wheel on July 12-13 via Rounds Seven and Eight of the F2000 Championship Series Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.