Miller and Werner Deliver Championship! Co-driver lineup secures four awards for ...
Miller and Werner Deliver Championship!
Co-driver lineup secures four awards for #87 Marquis Jet / Farnbacher Loles Porsche
West Caldwell, NJ - Sept. 21, 2007 - By being piloted to 3rd place at the season finale in Salt Lake City, Utah the number 87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Elf Oils Porsche clinched its 10th podium of the season and the Rolex GT Championship Title. Miller, who qualified the car 5th for the 7 1/2 hour endurance race, had advanced to second place by the first pit stop. "It's an incredible feeling to be a part of this team and winning this (team) championship in my first full season in this series, as well as the team's first season," Miller said. "It's quite an accomplishment. We just have been around good hard-working people all year. The chemistry of our team has been very solid and it's an awesome feeling to be able to share this success with such a great group of people." Miller's co-driver, Dirk Werner would capture the Drivers Championship as well; an honor that could not be shared between the teammates due to the fact they were in separate cars in the season-opening race at the Daytona 24 Hours. The four points separating the two in drivers' standings can be traced back to that race when Werner's engine retired approximately 1 hour after Miller's co-driver crashed out of the event. "It's not all that big of a deal. I look at it as a technicality. Industry insiders know the difference between technicality and formality - I believe I will gain similar value to Dirk (Werner) from the result."
Before the halfway point of the season finale race, the TRG #66 of Andy Lally and RJ Valentine would expire. Porsche and the Farnbacher Loles team took quick measure to protect the #87 Porsche engine. Miller, elaborated "We were instructed by Horst Farnbacher to short shift and keep the engine at minimal risk - I know that management was concerned for our chances because TRG had lost three Porsche engines during the race; so our strategy quickly changed when they fell out of contention - we were primarily concerned with just finishing well enough to score the Championship at that point."
Wolf Henzler was added to the #87 Farnbacher Loles roster, and would drive the 2nd and 5th stints of the race. "It was certainly a comfort to have Wolf onboard" Miller, said. "To be in the company of guys like Dirk Werner and Wolf Henzler is very special. An environment like that pushes you and challenges you to elevate your game all the time."
At the Grand-Am Rolex Awards banquet, the Farnbacher Loles #87 Porsche would be honored with four awards. Principal of Farnbacher Loles Motorsport, Greg Loles, would be presented with the Team Champions trophy, while Werner would receive both the Driver's Champion and Rookie of the Year awards. Miller rounded it out with a trophy claiming 3rd Place to the Driver's Championship.