It'd be tough not to root for Indy Lights driver Joel Miller. After multiple wins in Skip Barber and Star Mazda, 2010 saw him work his way into his first two Indy Lights starts. After his first Lights race at Long Beach, he drove from the back of the field to finish 9th at Sonoma. He doesn't have any plans of stopping there. Joel took a timeout to answer our latest edition of Six Quick Questions, from his progress up the Road to Indy ladder system to (of course) plans for 2011. I think you'll definitely like where he's coming from and what he has to say.
What's your journey been like to the Indy Lights series so far, and how's this offseason been treating you?
JM: My journey to the Firestone Indy Lights Championship started when I first began karting at the age of 6. Since then I have progressed up the Road to Indy ladder system from karting, Formula Ford, Skip Barber National Championship, Star Mazda Pro Championship, and now the Firestone Indy Lights Championship, thus winning at every stage. The journey has been proven difficult however, never giving up has gotten me to the next stage in my career. This offseason has been extremely busy! We have been making phone calls to potential partners, reaching out, creating new opportunities and trying to make deals come together. I really want to be on the grid at St. Petersburg!
There's been some definite changes to the Road to Indy, with Mazda coming on board as a sponsor and a scholarship for the Lights champ. What do you think of the changes, and what other changes would you like to see implemented for Lights and the Road to Indy?
What's it like out there for Lights drivers trying to find sponsorship right now? Do you think things are heading in the right direction for IndyCar and Indy Lights?
What's been your favorite moment so far in your racing career, and if you could race at any one track, which one would it be?
JM: My favorite moment thus far in my racing career would have to be between winning the ICA Championship for Tony Kart in karting and taking my first start in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship at the Long Beach Grand Prix this past season. When I was 9 years old I attended the World Championship of Karting race in Europe as a spectator. I saw that the Tony Kart team was the best and the best drivers were racing in the Formula Super A category. At that point I told myself I wanted to win for that team in a comparable category when I was old enough. This was one such goal I was able to complete in 2006. It was a similar story and goal about the Long Beach Grand Prix which I finally got the chance to race in during this past season. As per your question of racing on any track in the world? There is still one last place in which is still a life-long dream of mine to race at and that would be the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a track that is absolutely amazing, full of life and has the fan-base that make a drivers heart beat. I look forward to that day!
What's your drive and motivation? What pushes you to be a successful professional racer? What inspires you when you need it?
Lastly, you know we have to ask--how's 2011 shaping up for you? Do you see your participation in Indy Lights increasing this year?
JM: Well, positivity and hard work is what has gotten me this far. I wish I could say I have a ride in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship lined up for 2011 and look to start testing next week, but this is not the case quite yet. I am praying for a successful beginning of the year as many of the people and companies we have been talking to in December took some early holidays. We have put forth some great efforts and tremendous ideas for offering great ROI's, marketing concepts and advertising to various businesses so I hope to see a few businesses onboard soon here.
Thank you very much for your time, to all of the Indy Car/ Indy Lights Fans for your support and I look forward to seeing everybody on the grid at St. Pete!
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