It was the event closest to their home base and Jack William Miller delivered his best career USF2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires result. With a host of friends, family and partners in attendance, the Patterson Dental backed driver was the star of the race gaining two positions in the closing laps to stand on the third step of the podium.
“This is big. It’s big for me and it’s big for the team. Everyone is here – my family, my sponsors. They’re all from Indy, so this means so much. But if you’d told me I would be on the podium back on Lap 50, I’d have said no way,” explained Jack Miller. “I got shuffled back at the start on the inside, and it was miserable early. But I caught up in lapped traffic late in the race and made a move when the guys in front of me got congested. I’m starting to make up for the early DNFs this season, so we’re still in it.”
Falling from third to sixth on the start, Miller quickly gained one position and settled into the fifth position. Biding his time, saving tires and working to have the best car in the latter half of the race, Miller paced with the lead group before looking to advance forward just past the halfway mark. As the lead group, including the #40 Patterson Dental machine, began to enter lapped traffic, Miller aimed to take advantage of the situation.
“I was able to get some good runs off the exits of turns two and four and get a wheel inside,” added Miller. “This place is hard to pass at, but we had the best setup for the late stages of the race and it really helped. My spotter Mike Maurini helped me take advantage of lapped cars and those were the two differences that helped me to the podium.”
Miller Vinatieri Motorsports driver Max Kaeser claimed a top-fifteen result in his first career oval race. Battling all race long with several competitors, Kaeser drove a smart race to keep his car and finish all seventy-five green flag laps.
With two weeks off, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports will not have to wait long for another Indiana event. Taking place September 3-4, Miller and Kaeser will battle on the 14-turn Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With a host of partners in their 2020 program, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports would like to thank the following: Patterson Dental, CAO Group Inc, Picasso Lite and AMD Lasers, Lumist Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips, Indy Dental Group, Shadow Graphix, Edge Rock Realty, BMO Private Bank, Barnes and Thornburg, Express Auto Body, RTD Media & Management, Indiana Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics, Gary Jackson’s Fast Incorporated, Bell Helmets, NDX Lumident, Indy Eye Physicians, Hamilton County Endodontics, Wolfies Bar and Grill, Lake Oconee Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, and K1 Racegear.
For more information on Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, please visit them online at their website, www.MillerVinatieriMotorsports.com, or contact Info@MillerVinatieriMotorsports.com. Also be sure to follow the team via their social media programs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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