SBRS: National: Joel Miller earns championship at VIR

Alton, Virginia -- Joel Miller officially captures the 2007 Skip Barber National Series Championship this past weekend at Virginia International Raceway. After a stellar year of 5 wins and 10 podiums in 14 races, Miller had the title clinched...

Alton, Virginia -- Joel Miller officially captures the 2007 Skip Barber National Series Championship this past weekend at Virginia International Raceway. After a stellar year of 5 wins and 10 podiums in 14 races, Miller had the title clinched with one race to go. However, this did not stop the championship winner from battling to the front from his 13th starting position on Sunday.

A chassis issue hampered Miller's qualifying which resulted in a 13th starting position. At the drop of the green flag he stayed clean, positioning himself to work through the field. Lap after lap, Miller was bettering his position towards the front. "I knew I could make it to the front from 13th, and all I wanted to do was position myself in a good spot for the final lap," commented Miller. That is precisely what he did by starting the final lap in 3rd. After passing into second going down the back straight, there was one opportunity to take the final win. Miller put together a brilliant last sector to catch leader Fabio Orsolon, and make the winning pass at the finish line by .029 of a second. On the podium Miller happily said, "What a run today, that was really fun. Fabio and I had a great race, and I wish him the best of luck next year."

Winning the Skip Barber National Series championship, Miller receives a funded year in Star Mazda for 2008. "I am looking forward to next session in Star Mazda. I have to thank everybody at Skip Barber and Mazda for giving me this opportunity to represent them on my way up the motorsports ladder," commented Miller during the championship awards ceremonies. Many thanks go out to the supporters of Joel Miller this session that includes: Skip Barber, Stars of Karting, SE Games, Sparco, Oakley, Zoombang, IC Homes, Pitfit Training, and IC Homes. Testing will start right away for next session as Miller looks to partner himself with a new team to bid for another championship.

-credit: www.joelmillerracing.net.

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