Miller dominates Las Vegas Star Mazda Race SONOMA, CALIFORNIA (October 13, 1998) - If there's one sure bet resulting from Saturday's Star Formula Mazda race in Las Vegas, it's that Mike Miller has clearly established himself as one of the most...
Miller dominates Las Vegas Star Mazda Race
SONOMA, CALIFORNIA (October 13, 1998) - If there's one sure bet resulting from Saturday's Star Formula Mazda race in Las Vegas, it's that Mike Miller has clearly established himself as one of the most talented drivers available in today's pool of professional racing rising stars.
In what can best be described as the most exciting race of this year's Star series, the 23-year-old Miller literally dominated the 50-lap, 75-mile race with a performance of shear skill, ability and maturity beyond his years. After starting on the front row in second, Miller jumped to the front and swapped the lead throughout the race, before making the most of his drafting technique on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval to capture his fourth victory and first oval win of the season.
"I feel like I'm ready for NASCAR," said Miller, who drives the #14 TotalTel/ Red Line Oil/World Speed entry. "I was leading going into the last lap and knew that Jim (Hall II) and Rolando (Quintanilla) would try to take me on the back straight. They both drafted around me so I backed off the throttle going into Three. I tucked into Rolando's draft and got a great run to the finish. I beat them both to the line with just the front third of my car. Once again, the World Speed team gave me a terrific car. I really have to thank Mike Doyle, Logan Lewis and the rest of the crew. What a great day!"
The Las Vegas victory, combined with series points leader Ian Lacy's mechanical troubles, keeps Miller within range of taking the Star championship going into the season finale at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14. Currently second in the series points standings, Miller trails Lacy unofficially by 19 points.
Miller's experience includes multiple karting titles as well as three years in the Skip Barber Southern Formula Ford series. Most recently, he finished third overall in 1997's STAR Formula Mazda series and won Rookie-of-the-Year honors. He was selected as one of six finalists for the 1997 Valvoline Team USA Scholarship and was chosen to attend the Team KOOL Green Academy.