The team that was assembled for the test was the same crew that brought Ace Carrio his championship in 2006. Michael Doyle, World Speed’s Technical Director for more than a dozen years was there and was very impressed with Miller’s driving. “He hit all his marks and was quick right out of the box, he has what it takes to get up to speed very quickly,” stated the WSM veteran.
Joel was equally impressed with the World Speed program and staff, “I have worked with many different race engineers, but Mike Doyle was a real pleasure to work with. The car was fast right at the beginning of the day, and we were able to make continued progress throughout the test. I have to thank Telo and everybody else at World Speed for making this test possible. I am looking forward to the 2008 Star Mazda Championship and choosing the right team will be a tough decision.”
John Olsen who was Ace Carrio’s personal coach when he won the championship with World Speed had this to say about the test, “Joel is a real professional, and it was a pleasure for WSM to be able to give such a talented driver the Rising Star Award. Joel worked very well with the team, and he will make an immediate impact in the series. He will certainly be a major factor in the 2008 championship.”
World Speed has already begun testing for the 2008 Star Mazda Series presented by Goodyear with Taylor Hacquard and is expecting to make additional driver announcements in upcoming weeks.