TORONTO, ON (JULY 17, 1999) - American Marc Miller took a step forward with his car setup but a small step back in his overall positioning during Saturday afternoon's Formula Ford qualifying session at this weekend's Toronto Molson Indy. The...
TORONTO, ON (JULY 17, 1999) - American Marc Miller took a step forward with his car setup but a small step back in his overall positioning during Saturday afternoon's Formula Ford qualifying session at this weekend's Toronto Molson Indy. The rookie F1600 driver improved his fastest time by over 1.5 seconds, an improvement that has brought him over a half a second closer to the pole position, a spot held by a series veteran, Quebec's Bruno St. Jacques.
Yesterday's practice session went well for the Zeeland, MI resident and although both Miller and his team (Howell, MI's Adams Racing) were completely new to this temporary street circuit, they were pleased with the baseline they established. A quick lap of 1:21.723 secs. put him 16th fastest in the massive 40-car grid, almost two seconds behind the provisional pole time. With transmission gearing far from ideal, serious setup adjustments were completed before the end of the day and with this new setup on Miller's KGB Kart Racing-sponsored '98 Van Diemen F1600, Saturday's 30-minute qualifying session would determine if the improvements were correct.
The qualifying run went much smoother as Miller dropped his fastest lap to 1:20.339 secs. and although he closed significantly on the current race pace, he now sits in 19th on the time sheets. While they had hoped to crack the top ten, Miller and the team believe that there are still improvements that can be done to the car to prepare it for tomorrow's final. Clark Camburn, Miller's race engineer with Adam's Racing, will head back to the transmission to make one final adjustment and will also fine-tune the rear suspension.
"We were expecting a little more today," admitted Miller. "With the lack of testing time the team has had with the type of tires (Hankooks) used here in Canada, we have come a long way in a short period of time. We have a good opportunity to move up in the standings tomorrow during the race and you can be sure that Clark and I will continue to work with the car until we find the right set-up."
Miller will start the 45-minute final from the inside of the tenth row and is excited about his first chance to get into some serious wheel-to-wheel competition with his fellow Canadian Formula Ford Championship drivers. With the race beginning at 8:45 am on Sunday, Miller won't have to wait long. A mix of survival techniques and controlled aggression will be needed to succeed in securing a top ten, as the characteristics of the street circuit in Toronto are sure to cause a great deal of attrition. It will be Miller's job to keep out of trouble as he works his way to the front.