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Joel Miller Planning a One-Off at Long Beach

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 9, 2010 at 10:35 am Indy Lights, Signing

Joel Miller testing an Andersen Racing Indy Lights car
(photo: www.joelmillerracing.com)

American driver Joel Miller is currently planning to run a one-off Indy Lights race at Long Beach with Andersen Racing.  His entry is yet to be made official but things are looking very promising for the 21-year-old formula car star. 

Update:  I received confirmation that his entry is official for Long Beach.

The opportunity to run at Long Beach is a dream come true for the Hesperia, California native.  He has been working extremely hard this off-season to find the funding for a Indy Lights ride and now with the help of several local businesses and family friends – his dream just might become a reality.

“I literally just took off driving from home to Long Beach, and I visited
every single company and person I knew along the way,”
Miller said in a press release written by Restart Communications.  “I started when the first place opened and I stopped when they were closed. My dad has a little electrical contracting shop, and he has been keeping people informed about how my racing has been going. Even if I didn’t know them but Dad did, I stopped by.”

As noted above, the opportunity is just a one-off for now, but Joel remains hopeful that he will be able to run a few more Indy Lights races this season.  Regardless of what the future holds, the University of California, Riverside mechanical engineering major is very appreciative of all the support he has received.  It hasn’t come from just one individual or one business, he has reached out to as many people as possible and, fortunately, many of them seem willing to help him take the next step in his racing career.

“You can’t walk into a small company and throw a big figure at them and
expect them to be able to do anything with you,”
Miller continued. “But with smaller amounts from a lot of different companies and individuals added together, by the end of the day I was able to get close enough to call Dan [Andersen] and say I think I can do it.  I still have some more calls to make, but I feel confident I’ll have enough by the race weekend.”

This is really great news for Joel.  I’m excited to see him back behind-the-wheel of a race car in 2010.  He’s been impressive in everything he’s ever driven.  I knew he was a very talented driver during his days in go-karts so it was disappointing to see him miss all the junior formula season-openers in 2010.  He certainly deserves this opportunity – so, it’s nice to see people working with him to achieve it.

Miller tested an Indy Lights car with Andersen Racing last December at Palm Beach International Raceway.  Just over a year prior to that, he tested a FIL car on the Sebring short course.  If he’s given a proper opportunity, there is no doubt in my mind that he could be a front runner in any series.

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