MILLER AND STANTON RETURN BGB TO THE FRONT WITH FINISH AT IOWA SPEEDWAY (Trois RiviÃ¨res, QC, CANADA - August 12, 2008) Jon Miller and Craig Stanton returned their ...
MILLER AND STANTON RETURN BGB TO THE FRONT WITH FINISH AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
(Trois Rivières, QC, CANADA - August 12, 2008) Jon Miller and Craig Stanton returned their #83 PeformanceDrink/Weeden Consultants Porsche 997 to podium form at Iowa Speedway with a strong 2nd place finish in Sunday's Casey's General Stores Koni Challenge Series race. During the final 15 minutes, Craig Stanton's BGB Porsche was the only car within striking distance of the winning #41 TRG Porsche of Andy Lally and Scott Schroeder, as it led nearly 70 percent of the 157 lap race. Both Porsches pitted during the race's first full course caution period and took big gambles on fuel strategy that ultimately worked out with some help from two late race caution periods. On that lap, Jon Miller completed his turning of a 10th place qualifying into a strong run towards the front as he delivered the car to Craig Stanton in 4th place for the only stop to pit road. The fuel wager gave the TRG and BGB Porsches proper track position to fight amongst themselves as Craig Stanton took the lead on lap 144. Stanton would only be able to stay there for 3 laps, however, before having to slow his pace to conserve fuel. Stanton shadowed Lally's Porsche as long as possible, in order to secure valuable and much needed 2nd place championship points. A hard charging Bill Auberlen in his Turner Motorsports BMW M3 finished 3rd as he made big strides to reduce the gap between the two Porsches and the BMW. Had the race gone a few laps longer, it may have been an epic battle among three of the country's best drivers.
The finish was the team's attempt to mount a mid-season charge towards to the Koni Challenge Championship leaders heading into the final 5 races of the season. The podium finish marks the first for Jon Miller and the best finish of his Koni Challenge career. BGB's 2nd place finish returns them to 4th in the Team Championship; strong performances by the top-2 Porsches put Porsche in 2nd, four points behind Ford and just one point ahead of BMW in the Manufacturers points.
Craig Stanton (No. 83 BGB Motorsports Porsche 997): "It was close. What happened is that we were running out of fuel. We didn't duck in the pits (earlier), so we were conserving. I knew Andy and I were both really close and that we might run out at the end, so I wanted to fight really hard after that restart and get ahead of him and then conserve the rest of the way. We went back and forth and side-by-side for about three laps. It was pretty fun. We had a struggle with an electrical problem this weekend that we finally got sorted out this afternoon. The car ran flawless the whole time. He handed over just a perfect car. We could go fast on the fast stuff and turn well in the slow stuff. I want to thank all the fans in Iowa. We can't wait to come back."
Jon Miller (No. 83 BGB Motorsports Porsche 997): "I didn't have the best qualifying session, but I knew we had a great race car so I wasn't worried. We just worked our way up a few spots in the opening laps and settled in. I was able to stay clean and I want to thank our fellow Koni competitors in GS and ST for all contributing to some of the best racing I've seen all year. The track was tight and there was some worry before the race that it was going to be a huge crash fest, but everyone was so good out there. I wanted to stay clean and give Craig a good car as far up the leader board as possible. It was a great feeling to get out of the car in fourth after some ups and downs over the weekend. We had a car that could have won, but we were so close on fuel at the end, so it's a give and take. This feels great, though."
Grand-Am teams only have 3 days to prepare for round 7 of the Koni Challenge Series as the event kicks off this Thursday, August 14 on the streets of Trois Rivières, Quebec.