MIKEL MILLER'S MARATHON AT LIME ROCK (LAKEVILLE, CT-June 1, 2006) Mikel Miller could have earned the nickname 'Marathon Man' in the Lime Rock 250 Grand Am Cup GS Race. The driving team in the ...
MIKEL MILLER'S MARATHON AT LIME ROCK
(LAKEVILLE, CT-June 1, 2006) Mikel Miller could have earned the nickname 'Marathon Man' in the Lime Rock 250 Grand Am Cup GS Race. The driving team in the #83 Simplenet.com Porsche 996 had a different look, as regular teammate, Tim Traver was out of the country. Mikel's teammate for the weekend, Stu Tetreault, qualified the car in 31st, after being trapped behind slow traffic through the entire 15 minute qualifying session.
Stu started the race, running strong and moving up to 19th before pitting for tires, fuel and the driver change to put Mikel into the car. Mikel rejoined in 26th, once settled in, he began to work his way through the other 40+ cars on the tight, twisting circuit. Due to his early stop, Mikel was able to work his way up to 1st by Lap 60. On the ensuing restart, he kept up the fight, but the Turner BMW's seemed to be the best match for the Lime Rock circuit on this day. Mikel had a slow in-lap for his final stop, due to his being hit from behind by another car, leaving him with a flattened right rear tire. He made the stop for fuel and tires on lap 76, and rejoined in 19th. He managed to work his way up to 12th place at the end of the race. Mikel spent about 2 hours of the 2 ½ hour race behind the wheel, testing both his stamina and his mental conditioning.
Mikel and the #83 Simplenet.com Porsche are 5th in both team and driver points championships.
Mikel was drained, but optimistic after the race. "After Phoenix, I thought Lime Rock would be a breeze, with the cooler temperatures we usually have here. Today the air temp was 90+ with terrible humidity, making it just as bad as Phoenix. If it weren't for the Glycomax Performance Drink, and the preparation of the Simplenet.com Porsche that BGB Motorsports gave me, I'd hate to think of where we might have ended up. It's great to be heading into the second half of the season in fifth in both championships, knowing that the upcoming tracks should give us a great shot at going for the top spot. I have to thank Tim Traver, my regular team mate and Stu Tetrault my team mate this weekend who just drove his heart out to keep us in contention until the pit stop. And I can't forget to thank BGB Motorsports for all that the team does for me. John Moore, the team owner, Bobby Houghton my Car Chief, and all the rest of the guys for everything they do. And thanks to everyone who hangs out at Burgerlifestyle.com, and show up at the races to support me."
The next race for the Grand-Am Cup will be at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, June 25th.