JOEL MILLER VICTORIOUS IN VIRGINIA "Takes over National point lead" Hesperia, California -- May 2, 2007 -- Current Snap-on Stars of Karting Intercontinental A (ICA) National champion Joel Miller scored his first Skip Barber National victory this...
JOEL MILLER VICTORIOUS IN VIRGINIA
"Takes over National point lead"
Hesperia, California -- May 2, 2007 -- Current Snap-on Stars of Karting Intercontinental A (ICA) National champion Joel Miller scored his first Skip Barber National victory this past weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. Along with the win, Miller used the double race format to score another podium result and garnered enough points to take over the Skip Barber National Championship point lead.
Arriving at VIR and seeing the track for the first time on Thursday morning, Miller would have his work cut out for him to master the 3.27 mile course. With some very competitive times in practice, Miller turned to qualifying and was able to post the fourth quickest circuit that would line him up outside row two for the first feature race.
Looking to make it through the first corner trauma free, Miller did so and maintained his fourth place position. However, throughout the event, the right rear shock on Miller's Skip Barber ride malfunctioned and began losing oil causing the car to have severe handling problems. Miller progressed through the race and with a car that would react differently to steering input every lap he was just hoping to score a podium finish. Looking for a mistake by the leader, Miller's prayers were answered on the final circuit as he was able to capitalize on the misfortune of others to sneak through and cruise to his first Skip Barber victory.
Sunday afternoon's feature two would take place after the Daytona Prototype event and once again Miller was able to qualify in P4. At the drop of the green flag, things got heated up front and the start did not go as planned for Miller. Thinking championship points, Miller made it through the first corner unscaved but would be relegated back to the seventh position.
With the second feature taking place after the Daytona Prototype event, track conditions had changed dramatically and drivers were forced to adapt quickly to the ever changing track surface if they wanted a chance at victory. Excelling at this through his karting career, Miller made the necessary driving changes to become accustomed to the different track conditions at VIR and progressively moved forward throughout the event. Miller was able to slice his way into the top five and eventually into the third position pulling away from the pack of cars behind him. Just behind the lead drafting duo, Miller was alone on the racing surface with no help to catch the leaders but continued to put up some very impressive lap times. When the checkers fell on Sunday afternoon, Miller found himself with another podium result and the outright lead in the National Championship point standings.
With four of the fourteen races completed, Joel Miller finds himself with four top five finishes and in the hunt for the title.