Joey Miller Signs with Hagans Racing for 2005 ARCA Season 19-Year-Old Will Compete In 13 Races for Indiana-Based Team INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 12, 2004) -- For Joey Miller, it is the perfect next step in his young racing career. For Matt ...
Joey Miller Signs with Hagans Racing for 2005 ARCA Season
19-Year-Old Will Compete In 13 Races for Indiana-Based Team
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 12, 2004) -- For Joey Miller, it is the perfect next step in his young racing career. For Matt Hagans, it is a step into the "big-time" on a regular basis. For both of them, it is a shot at becoming one of the most successful teams in the 2005 Automobile Racing Club of America season.
19-year-old Miller and Hagans announced an agreement today that will put the youngster in Hagans Racing Dodges for 13-events next season, starting with the season-opener at "the World Center of Speed," Daytona International Speedway, during Florida Speedweeks in February. Through an agreement with Ray Evernham, Hagans Racing will utilize former Evernham Motorsports Dodge equipment next season.
The news follows Miller's impressive ARCA Series debut, which came at Nashville Superspeedway on August 14th. Miller came from two laps down while piloting a Hagans Racing number-9 to collect the win in his first career start.
"I'm really looking forward to next year and working with Matt and this entire team," said Miller, who has spent the last couple of years honing his skills on the short tracks of America in ASA and several of the NASCAR Elite Divisions. "Matt and his team have the very best equipment and they also have the team to back it up. This is going to be an exciting opportunity for me and is a great next step for my racing career.
"We are going to have a big advantage working together throughout the season after running a couple of races together this year. We all worked well together at Nashville and it showed. The key now is that we already have our plans set in stone and we can start building on what we have accomplished already in the short time we've been together. This is the perfect opportunity for me at this stage of my career."
Miller has found considerable success in ASA and the NASCAR Southeast, Midwest and Southwest divisions. He has captured several poles on a variety of tracks, ranging from short "bullrings" to superspeedways and road courses.
"This is one great big step and I'm ready for it to get started. I really like driving on the big tracks and that will make next year just about perfect. With all the different styles of tracks we will be racing on, it will make me more well-rounded for what I want to accomplish in the future."
This agreement is a partnership between Hagans Racing and Country Joe Racing, which is owned by Joey's father, Minnesota businessman Joe Miller. Kevin Cywinski, Joey's teammate at CJR, will continue to serve as a mentor for Miller's racing career and will become a co-director of Hagans Racing. Cywinski, a two-time ASA National Champion, also spent several years racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
"We are really happy to be able to add Joey to our team and to have an experienced racer like Kevin Cywinski helping us along," said team owner Matt Hagans, a part-time driver himself. "Joey has already proven himself to me and this team, let alone the rest of the racing world, with his ability on the track. I know he is very excited about the opportunity and I am equally excited. He has proved that by being here at the shop and working on these cars right along with everyone else.
"When Joey pulled into Victory Lane at Nashville in our car, we knew it was the start of something big. I just hope we can continue that success and show that this team and this driver combination is going to be a big hit."
Hagans Racing has seen much success in ARCA competition during the last couple of years. Matt himself has notched five, top-5 and seven top-10 finishes in his number-9 Dodges. Hagans finished second and led a good portion of the event at Michigan International Speedway earlier this year.
Miller's win at Nashville was the first for a Hagans Racing Dodge in ARCA competition.
"I'm pretty exited to see this for Joey," said Joe Miller, owner of Country Joe Racing. "This is a big step for him and the right step. I trust that Kevin is steering Joey in the right direction and I know there is no better team he can go to than with Matt and everyone over at Hagans Racing. They gave Joey his first shot earlier this year and it worked out well. I think it may have been just the first of many wins together."
The complete schedule for Joey Miller's 2005 ARCA campaign is still to be determined, but will definitely include Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway (AL). There is also a chance more races may be added to their 13-race schedule. Joey will compete with the team in the three-day ARCA test at Daytona in December.