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Miller appeals to fans in pursuit of dream

Indy Lights rookie Joel Miller is turning to the fans to help fund his dream of racing at Indianapolis next month.

Finding sponsorship to compete in the top echelon of open-wheel racing has always been a barrier for talented race drivers such as Joel Miller.

After enjoying success in the lower formulae, Miller spent most of the off-season pounding the pavement of the road to Indy to secure a ride in the Firestone Indy Lights race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Now, he is taking his case to the fans, and has launched the website in the hope of raising enough funds to compete in the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 28 May.

"Long Beach was a one-off effort, but I hope to turn it into more," said Miller, who finished eleventh on his Indy Lights debut, "I'm hoping that the awesome open-wheel fans in this country will visit to find out more about me and how they can be a part of the American motorsports dream."

With a $10 donation, fans will receive a Joel Miller wristband, a weekly behind the scenes e-mail update from Miller and a chance to sign the car that will run at the Firestone Freedom 100. There will also be opportunities to meet the driver.

"Joel Miller is one of the hardest working drivers I've seen trying to raise funding for his dream," said Andersen Racing co-owner John Andersen, who has fielded cars for Miller in both Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights, "I think getting the word out about can help him connect with a larger audience. Once you know his story, what's not to like about him?"

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