Joel Miller has been named the recipient of the 2009 Gorsline Scholarship, a prestigious award given to a up and coming driver each year who displays the attributes of a future champion. For the sixteenth year John Gorsline of the Gorsline Company...
Joel Miller has been named the recipient of the 2009 Gorsline Scholarship, a prestigious award given to a up and coming driver each year who displays the attributes of a future champion. For the sixteenth year John Gorsline of the Gorsline Company has sponsored this award to recognise aspiring drivers and provide a programme that provides tools for the winner, that will assist them in developing skills on and off the track and attain their professional goals.
As the scholarship winner Miller will be working with Dr Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, to create an individually designed performance Enhancement programme. Dallaire has personally worked with more than 600 drivers from 35 countries from all forms of motorsport.
In his Rookie season, Miller, a native of Hesperia California, was runner up in the 2008 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, with one victory, two pole positions, and four second place finishes. All but two of his 12 finishes were top four. The open wheel series is the largest spec formula series in the United States.
He began racing karts at the age of ten, winning regional, state and national Championships over the next eight years. In 2004 whilst still racing karts, Miller moved up to cars in the US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Pacific series. Miller immediately made his mark there as a rookie with one victory and five top five finishes.
That success allowed Miller to be tapped as a finalist for the Red Bull driver search where he made it to the semi finals. He was also a Team USA Scholarship finalist.
It is clear Miller has a bright future ahead of him in motorsport. At this time, there are several options available to this talented young driver. However, plans for the 2009 season and beyond are not solidified.
Miller said "I am honored at being selected to represent the 2009 Gorsline Scholarship and look forward to it's opportunities. The list of previous winners is extensive, and adding my name to an already great list of drivers means a lot. I have to thank John Gorsline in selecting me for the program. I cannot wait to get started with all that the scholarship offers."