MILLER ADDS TWO MORE F2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RUNNER-UP FINISHES AT LIME ROCK PARK Second-year JDC MotorSports driver leaves Memorial Day weekend doubleheader second in the championship fight MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (May 26, 2009) -- JDC MotorSports...
MILLER ADDS TWO MORE F2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RUNNER-UP FINISHES AT LIME
Second-year JDC MotorSports driver leaves Memorial Day weekend doubleheader second in the championship fight
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (May 26, 2009) -- JDC MotorSports once again showed it's a contender for top honors every time it takes to the track in the F2000 Championship Series, with American Chris Miller finishing second in both rounds of the series doubleheader on Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25) at Lime Rock Park. While the title contender enjoyed a superb event of racing, his rookie teammate Alejandro Munoz struggled, taking the checkered flag in 23rd and 20th in the two races.
A little over a month after scoring his inaugural F2000 Championship Series win in Round Two, Miller returned to the cockpit of his No. 85 Miller Milling/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports Van Diemen RF06/Zetec car poised to continue his winning ways at the historic Lime Rock Park road course. The Edina, MN.-based driver quickly came to grips with the fast 1.53-mile track, ending the opening day of practice among the top-three. One day later, Miller continued his pursuit of another F2000 victory, turning the second fastest time in morning qualifying, securing a front-row starting position for race one of the doubleheader. When the race got underway a few hours later, Miller challenged for the lead initially in turn one, but was unable to make a pass for position. A subsequent late race re-start once again allowed the second-year driver to attempt a bold move for the lead in turn one, coming up just a tad short. As a result, Miller crossed the stripe in second place, reinforcing his position as one of the leading contenders for the series title.
Following the traditional day off from racing on Sunday at Lime Rock, Miller resumed his chase for a second series win. Morning qualifying again featured Miller among those in contention for the pole position. Only decided when the checkered flag waved, the JDC MotorSports pilot finished third on the timesheets. After a very brief break, Round Four commenced with Miller immediately moving into second place, when the P2 starter got away slowly. While unable to match the pace of the race leader, Miller retained second place for multiple laps, despite continued pressure from the drivers behind. While the talented young American subsequently relinquished the position following a small error exiting the high-speed Downhill turn, he took the position back when the car in front spun late in the race in turn one. Completing a superb double podium weekend, Miller crossed the stripe in second place.
For Munoz, the Lime Rock Park doubleheader will be one of those weekends best forgotten. Despite continued work from the JDC MotorSports crew, the young Mexican never got into a comfortable rhythm, struggling to match the pace of his teammate. Qualifying deep in the 20+ car field, the driver of the No. 96 Black Lion Racing/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports Van Diemen RF01/Zetec was struck by another competitor in Round Three, resulting in a 23rd place finish. In Round Four Munoz made some progress, passing several cars in the 32-lap race, eventually crossing the start/finish in 20th place.
"Chris did a great job getting up to speed very quickly and running at the front," stated Team owner John Church. "He continues to impress with his speed. Unfortunately, Alejandro had some bad luck with a back marker on Saturday. We're looking forward to another good weekend in Mosport in a couple of weeks."
The two JDC MotorSports F2000 championship Series drivers now have a short-break, before returning to action on June 13-14 at Mosport International Raceway in Canada. Miller enters Rounds Five and Six second in the championship chase, a mere 18 points behind the current championship leader.