Joel Miller Trois Rivieres race notes

Joel Miller Back on the Podium at Trois Rivieres Joel Miller put on a great show for the race fans at Trois Rivieres and brought home a 3rd place finish in the 2009 Star Mazda presented by Goodyear series this past weekend in Quebec. His ...

Joel Miller Back on the Podium at Trois Rivieres

Joel Miller put on a great show for the race fans at Trois Rivieres and brought home a 3rd place finish in the 2009 Star Mazda presented by Goodyear series this past weekend in Quebec. His qualifying did not show the true potential as he qualified 5th due to a shortened session. Trois Rivieres is a 10 turn, 1.5 mile street circuit that demands aggression, and Miller showed exactly that on Sunday.

He got away from the starting line quickly before an early caution period slowed the field. On the start Joel moved up to 4th and started tracking down the current 3rd place driver. At this point Miller was the quickest car on course which could easily be seen. He caught 3rd place and made a late braking pass going into turn 6 to take the position. Now his sights were set on 2nd place. Just like before he caught 2nd place but this driver made things a bit more interesting to get around. Miller figured him out and this time made the pass going into turn 8. Things shuffled around at this point with Joel still in 3rd.

A late race caution period came out and on the restart saw things shake up even more. At one point Miller fell back to 6th then pushed to get back to 4th before another caution appeared. This set the stage for a one lap dash to the finish. On the restart, a standing yellow was in turn 1 so no passing was possible there so Joel set up for turn 2. Miller went down the inside of the short run from turn 1 to turn 2 and with the cheer of the crowd made the pass stick to secure 3rd place. This is where he crossed the finish line for the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres.

"It was a very busy race. I had a car that was capable of making passes on this tight street course which allowed me to keep attacking. I had to be smart when the one driver made a very risky move as he would have taken us both out. With this podium it shows that with my Andersen prepared car I now have something to work with. At each event my engineer Yancy Diotlevi and I are working better and better; I am looking forward to great things at Mosport. I have to thank Dan Andersen, Michelle, Yancy and all at Andersen Racing with the teams hard work," commented Miller after the podium presentation

Joel would like to thank FaderHigher Productions, Doug Mockett & Co, eSoles Custom Footbeds, Sparco, Classic Stone Distributors, Dream Cars, Burns Truck and Trailer, as well as Brazos Bend Energy Services for being such an important part of his program so far this season.

Next up is the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada. Practice starts next Thursday with the feature race being Saturday August 29

-credit: jmr

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Doug Mockett , Joel Miller