Pendleton, IN (March 12, 2003) -- After racing on dirt tracks for his entire career, 30- year-old Jeremy Miller of Batavia (IA) will make a transition to asphalt in 2003, competing in the ASA Racing Series. Miller will challenge for...
Pendleton, IN (March 12, 2003) -- After racing on dirt tracks for his entire career, 30- year-old Jeremy Miller of Batavia (IA) will make a transition to asphalt in 2003, competing in the ASA Racing Series. Miller will challenge for the prestigious $50,000 to- win Rookie of the Year Championship. So far he is the lone Iowa driver to officially put his hat in the ring for rookies honors.
"I don't know really what to expect in 2003," said Jeremy Miller. "I'm used to running third and fourth every night, so that is our goal in ASA, but I'm aware the competition is very fierce. It would be great to finish top 10 in the standings and win the rookie championship. We are going to have to endure a lot of changes, so it will be very important to keep this team focused for all 17 races."
Miller began his racing career at age 14, producing a successful resume on dirt, competing in Iowa and Nebraska. He began at Eldon Raceway, in the bomber division and eventually progressed to the IMCA Stock Car ranks, collecting over 50 victories and numerous championships.
The Batavia (IA) native was the 1999 track champion at Eldon and additionally won the Tradition held at Adams County Speedway in Corning (IA). In 2000, Miller sailed to the winner's circle at the Budweiser Race of Champions, an event at Southern Iowa Speedway. In 2001, Lee County Speedway crowned him track champion while also winning the Shiverfest. Last season, he collected hardware at Beatrice Speedway in the Spring Nationals.
In preparation for the 2003 season with America's Premier short track stock car series, Miller and MGM Motorsports acquired two cars, one from John Brolick and another from Wisconsin racer Doug Mahlik.
"The biggest challenge for me will be concentrating the final 50 to 75 laps and getting used to regular pit stops. The team has been practicing pit stops and we have come a long way already. At Lakeland, we'll be ready."
Darrin Jeffrey will serve as crew chief for the first-year operation. Jeffrey is 32 years old and is employed as an auto mechanic. He began working on dirt cars in the 1980s.
"Everything looks good between Darrin and myself. He has a lot of experience with suspension and hopefully we can apply that to many situations that we'll have to deal with this season. I feel we'll generate a good working relationship and that will make our transition to asphalt much easier."
Car owner Dave Granneman and Miller have enjoyed a successful partnership the past few seasons and hope to carry that over to the biggest challenge of their respective racing careers.
"My brother has followed ASA Racing the last three years and has been very impressed. Last year I attended events at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and Illiana Motor Speedway to more familiarize myself with the surroundings. I've very excited about the challenge ahead of us. ASA is one of the most affordable racing series today. The exposure on Speed Channel added with the opportunity to race at several different tracks, this is going to be wonderful chance for this race team in 2003."
The ASA Racing Series begins its 2003 season on March 22 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland (FL) with the Jani-King 200. This marks the series fifth trip to the .75-mile oval. Eventual 2002 National Champion Joey Clanton won last year's season opener at the track.
For additional information on the ASA Racing Series visit asaracing.com.