MIKEL MILLER BATTLES THE PHOENIX HEAT (PHOENIX, AZ-May 17, 2006) Battling heat, a slippery track and some tough competition, Mikel Miller and team mate Tim Traver fought their way to a 10th place finish at Phoenix in the Grand Am Cup Avondale ...
MIKEL MILLER BATTLES THE PHOENIX HEAT
(PHOENIX, AZ-May 17, 2006) Battling heat, a slippery track and some tough competition, Mikel Miller and team mate Tim Traver fought their way to a 10th place finish at Phoenix in the Grand Am Cup Avondale Mazda 200.
Tim Traver, who qualified the #83 Simplenet.com / BGB Motorsports Porsche 996 in 5th position, and was moved up to 4th after one of the cars qualified ahead of him was moved to the back of the field for a technical infraction, got off to a good start and followed his sister car, the #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche 996 driven by Mark Plummer in 3rd place at the end of lap one. In spite of a cool suit failure, Tim kept his cool and stayed near the front of the pack all through his stint in the car.
Just past mid-race distance, Tim pitted for fuel tires and to hand driving duties over to Mikel. Tim preserved the brakes and tires giving Mikel a relatively strong car in which to work his way back though the pack. In spite of the non functional cool suit, and the remnants of a flu-like bug that had been bothering him through most of the weekend, Mikel ran strong and got back through traffic to 10th position. As the track temperatures continued to climb, as high as 125 degrees Fahrenheit, the car began to develop a nasty oversteer condition that kept Mikel struggling to keep the car on line and to lap at a pace which would enable him to work his way forward. Mikel was running lap times which were as fast as the leader, unfortunately his track position didn't allow him to gain on them as much as he would have liked.
Mikel was happy to get through the race, and to have the chance to keep the car competitive in the Team and Driver points standings, which should end up as 4th in both, when the official points are released early next week.
"I came into the race not feeling too great, but by making sure I was well rested and hydrated, I was at least able to keep from falling back through the field. I knew we needed to get every position we could to stay near the front in the points battles, and am happy to have this race over, with the car in one piece, and to be in striking distance of the leaders in Team and Driver points."
The next event for the Grand-Am Cup Series and the #83 Simplenet.com BGB Motorsports Porsche 996 will be the Lime Rock Park 200.