Miller shines in second test in Tide Racing CASCAR. Racesportz Tide Racing Team continues testing young American for selected CASCAR events Bowmanville, Ontario -- Marc Miller recently completed a second test with Racesportz Tide Racing, a ...
Miller shines in second test in Tide Racing CASCAR.
Racesportz Tide Racing Team continues testing young American for selected CASCAR events
Bowmanville, Ontario -- Marc Miller recently completed a second test with Racesportz Tide Racing, a Canadian based Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) team, at Mosport Park and showed even more speed and comfort than before.
After an initial test in May, the team invited Miller back to continue a testing program in preparation for a limited schedule of events in the 2003 CASCAR SuperSeries. Racesportz Tide Racing team owner, David Connelly, was pleased with the team's adjustments with the car and with Miller's performance.
"The test went extremely well," said Connelly. "Marc picked up a considerable amount of time after we made some changes in the car for him from the first test to this test. Once we got the car close, we were able to adjust the car with tire temps and the car really hooked up."
Miller was equally happy with the way things went in his second drive in the 2,850-pound racecar.
"I was more than happy with the performance of the car," said Miller. "I knew once the team made a few changes my comfort level would go up. I immediately noticed the changes made within the first few laps and as was able to log a full 35-minute session. I think we are already close to a pace that could win, but I know there is more in us all, so now we have to work on finding it."
Though Miller is scheduled to compete in selected 2003 events, Miller's test day performance was strong enough to make the team consider placing him into a few events this year, such as the Toronto Molson Indy and the Clarington 250 at Mosport Park.
"David approached me about running this year," said Miller. "I was floored and didn't see it coming at all. I think we both were happy with the progression we have made as a whole so far. In the end, we decided to stick with the plan we already have and not rush things. I had a conflicting schedule and this is not the type of thing you spring on a corporate sponsor like Tide/Proctor & Gamble."
Connelly has added a few test sessions and race weekends to get Miller back in the Racesportz Tide Racing car before a new car will go together for next season, including running a Canada Cup GT race during the ALMS weekend at Mosport Park in August.
"We want to try and build another program to run Marc at just the road courses next year at Mosport, Toronto and Vancouver for the CART races then work on a full program for him for 2004," said Connelly. "Marc is super-quick, there's no doubt about that. He ran low 1:30's at Mosport on tires with four hours of track time. Typically we only run our tires for an hour and Marc would have been fourth fastest at race speeds, so that was pretty remarkable. He is a perfect fit in any race program right now but the fact that he understands the business behind racing just makes it easier. It's a lot easier to work with a driver like that."
-Racesportz Tide Racing team