COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 11, 2000) - Looking to move up another rung on the competition ladder to the CART FedEx Championship series, 19-year-old Bryce Miller of Bernardsville, N.J., took some of his most important steps to date recently, successfully...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 11, 2000) - Looking to move up another rung on the competition ladder to the CART FedEx Championship series, 19-year-old Bryce Miller of Bernardsville, N.J., took some of his most important steps to date recently, successfully completing 350 miles of testing in a Michael Shank Racing/CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Swift 008.a at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Beloit, Wis.
A second-year, full-time competitor in the USF2000 National Championship driving a Lucent Technologies/Cape Motorsports Van Dieman 2000, Miller was consistently quick in the three-day test (May 1, 2 and 4) at the 1.7-mile Blackhawk road circuit, turning lap times within .5 seconds of the Shank team's two full-time drivers, T.J. Bell (19) of Sparks, Nev.; and Martin Basso (25) of Rafaela, Santa Fe, Argentina.
"Bryce did a super job this week, stated team owner Michael Shank. He was extremely knowledgeable about setting up the car and his times were very comparable to T.J.'s and Martin's. I think he'll be a real contender to deal with, if and when he decides to make the move to the Atlantic series."
"This was a really great experience," said Miller. "There's lots of downforce, lots of tire, and lots of brake in these cars, so they're a little bit trickier to drive than a two-liter car. But basically, you just need to carry your speed and momentum through the corners without using all the braking that's available to you in order to go fast. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my performance and I'm looking forward to being in an Atlantic car again in the near future."
Miller will return to USF2000 Championship competition on May 21st and 22nd for the second and third rounds of the 13-race series at Mosport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Slowed by a leaking tire, he finished 17th in the lone USF2000 event to take place this season at Phoenix International Raceway on March 19.
Miller also is competing in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events this season in order to qualify for the sanctioning body's Valvoline National Runoff's at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October. Driving in the Formula Continental class, he won his most recent start at Carolina MotorSports Park in Kershaw, N.C., by 32 seconds.
Bryce is the son of Parsippany, N.J., automobile dealer Paul Miller, who drove professionally for 25 years, most notably in the Trans-Am Championship Series between 1982 and 1985, where he recorded victories at Mosport Park and Lime Rock Raceway driving a factory-backed Porsche 924 Turbo. The elder Miller also participated in the legendary 24 Hours of LeMans on three occasions.
The next event on the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship schedule is the Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., on June 3.