Hesperia, Ca (April 19, 2010) – Joel Miller contested his first race of 2010 in an open wheel Indy lights car this past weekend at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach aboard the Andersen Racing Indy Lights entry.
Miller brought the car home in the 11th position Sunday during a solid debut in the series despite having lost 2nd gear during the race. A few late race cautions allowed the cars that Miller had passed early in the race to catch up and overtake Joel with a few laps to go.
Before the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend it had been 5 months since Miller drove a car. Since then Joel has been looking for supporters and with the help of the local Hesperia community made the Long Beach weekend possible. "I have to thank everybody who helped me achieve my goal of running at Long Beach in Indy Lights. It was a dream come true," says Miller. "I knew going into the weekend it was going to be tough as I only had half a day in the car and that was 5 months ago. However, every session on track was an improvement as I learned the car and developed a better setup with the team. In the end I know we had a better car than what showed in the race due to our gearbox issue, but we will be back," stated Joel.
A personal thank you from Joel goes out to Doug Mockett of Mockett and Co., John Wilkins of Rancho Motor Co., Seers Lumber Co., Joe Phillips, Vance Mitchell and family, Greg Ewald and family, Mark Willhide, Carlo and Stacy Berro of Dreamcars,
Don and Karen Shackelford, Jack and Jamie Miller, Terry Fowler of Sunset Paint and Body, and Eric Schroder. and Sparco
Looking to build on the idea of local supporters, Miller has established the website www.jmillerindy.com for a way for anyone to get involved for $10.
There will be more news in the coming weeks so please stay tuned to www.joelmillerracing.com for further updates.