Hesperia, California (September 20, 2007) -- Joel Miller was able to extend his championship lead this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park for rounds 14 & 15 of the Skip Barber National Series Championship. Miller was able to score two podium...
Hesperia, California (September 20, 2007) -- Joel Miller was able to extend his championship lead this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park for rounds 14 & 15 of the Skip Barber National Series Championship. Miller was able to score two podium finishes this weekend by taking 3rd in round 14 and 2nd in round 15.
Coming into the weekend, Miller had a solid 26 point lead over second. "My goal this weekend was to increase the gap over second and race smart. However, even with that in the back of my mind winning is always the main goal," commented Miller. After starting 3rd for race one he was able to take over the lead going into turn 1. This was short lived due to an ill handling car which resulted in Miller falling back to 6th. After the race he made a comment that the car had a massive amount of under steer on cold tires. Not pushing the car over its limits, Miller waited for the right time to drive back to the front. On the last lap of the race Miller was able to drive his No. 70 car to a 3rd place finishing position. On the podium following the race Miller said, "It was a little bit frustrating at the beginning of the race because I did not have the car to battle for the lead. I had to think of the championship and be patient with the car, but in the end another podium finish will do just fine."
Miller, being one of the most consistently quick drivers all weekend, started 3rd again for round 15 Saturday morning. This time he decided to fall in behind the pole sitter going into turn one. Throughout the race Miller battled hard to stay in the lead group to have good track position on the final lap. In the same fashion as the day before Miller drove to 2nd on the last lap from deep in the lead group of cars. "Getting people to work together today proved to be an impossible task with the large slip stream. I am pleased with the weekend as a whole, and with two more podium finishes I believe the championship is looking closer than ever," stated Miller.
Leaving the weekend, Joel Miller leads the championship by over 30 points from second place. All he needs to do is finish an average of 16th or better in both races at VIR to clinch the championship. Miller would like to thank Skip Barber, Stars of Karting, Oakley, Sparco, Pitfit Training, Dream Cars Auto, Burns Truck and Trailer, Zoombang Protective gear, and IC Homes for their continued support this season.