Miller Feels Right At Home Following Daytona ARCA Test 19-Year-Old Doesn't Get Overwhelmed at Superspeedway, Ends up 11th Quickest LAKEVILLE, MN (January 4, 2005) - When it comes to stock car racing, the Daytona International Speedway has no ...
Miller Feels Right At Home Following Daytona ARCA Test
19-Year-Old Doesn't Get Overwhelmed at Superspeedway, Ends up 11th Quickest
LAKEVILLE, MN (January 4, 2005) - When it comes to stock car racing, the Daytona International Speedway has no equal. It's the track where the big races are, it's where careers are made and new stars are born. When a young driver goes there for the first time, it is usually overwhelming.
But 19-year-old Joey Miller is getting used to adapting to new surroundings quickly as he moves up the racing ladder. After all, he didn't get excited when he made his first ever ARCA start in 2004 at the Nashville Superspeedway. He didn't even get nervous after going two laps down in the race early on with tire problems. He just got the job done and ended the day in victory lane.
Miller's calm style of approaching new challenges did not allow him to get carried away when he visited the 2.5-mile oval at Daytona for the first time either. He recently tested his Hagan Racing #9 Dodge at Daytona and his business-like approach to racing yielded good results. Miller was 11th quickest of the 49 drivers at the test. His best lap was 180.745 miles per hour.
"We had a pretty good car," said Miller. "We were very happy with this being my first time there. We learned a lot, fulfilled all of our expectations and had a good test."
You often hear drivers speak of having a good test whether they were in the top five or struggling near the bottom of the speed charts. So what exactly is a good test for Miller at this stage of his career?
"More than anything, it's just having the time together with the team and making laps," said Miller. "The crew got along good and we worked very well together. I got to meet a lot of people as well. I talked to officials and I talked to a few of the veterans. I listened to everybody and became more at home here. A lot of people were able to help me with that."
Miller had never taken a single lap on a superspeedway before the test. His experience at the facility before driving around it in a racecar was pretty limited.
"I got to go on a tour at Daytona USA once," recalls Miller. "I've also been to one race there."
"The coolest thing about this place was when I took my first lap," said Miller. "I was right up against the outside wall building up speed. I looked to my left and down the banking and I realized just how tall the banking was and what an awesome track Daytona is."
But after those first impressions were out of the way, Miller treated it just like any other track and started to pay more attention to the track itself than the hype around running a 180-mile-per-hour track.
"The track is bumpier than I thought," said Miller when asked about his impressions of the track. "I thought it would be a little bit smoother out there."
Miller and the Hagans Racing team will return to Daytona next month for the ARCA season opener. The Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 will be broadcast live on Speed Channel starting at 4pm on February 12th.
Hagans Racing is competing full-time in the ARCA Re/Max Series in 2005 in hopes of capturing the Rookie of the Year title with Joey Miller. Country Joe Racing, which is in partnership with Hagans Racing this year, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization. For more information on those parties, please visit www.joeymiller.com or www.hagansracing.com.