If former Ferrari racecar driver Carlo Berro is correct, fellow Hesperian Joel Miller could someday be guzzling a cold bottle of milk after conquering the Indianapolis 500 field.

"Joel as a driver is among the top drivers," said Berro, the owner of Dreamcars Auto in Hesperia. "Joel is one of them. He has that ability."

Bolstering Berro's contention is the fact that one of Miller's former junior karting rivals -- and one he has beaten -- recently competed in the world's most famous Indy car race.

"I could be in the [Indianapolis] 500 in three years for sure," Miller, 19, said.

Already, Miller, a 2006 graduate of Hesperia Christian School, is a celebrity among young drivers.

"Heading to Miller It's Miller" and "Miller on Pole to Win 2007 Skip Barber Title This Weekend" are a few of the headlines proclaiming Miller's conquests on the Skip Barber Web site. And last week he clinched the Skip Barber National championship at Virginia International Raceway by overcoming a spin and fighting back to take 10th place in the 13th of the 14-stage series. Miller's overwhelming series lead meant last Sunday morning's final event was merely ceremonial.

With the recent series victory comes even greater opportunities. He expects to race Formula Mazda next year in Europe, and he expects his races will appear on cable TV's Speed Channel.

"Joel is making a big step ahead," said Berro, who is of Italian heritage but lived in Argentina. "This is no more go-carting. It's a big deal."

But with Miller's new opportunities come a greater need for sponsorship support.

"Joel has to eat, and he has to get to the races," Berro said. "Joel needs a bit of help to continue making it."

Berro, who helps support the efforts of Miller -- a Stars of Karting/Skip Barber Scholarship recipient -- sees Miller's growing financial needs as an opportunity for local businesses. Sponsorships would help promote businesses, Hesperia and the entire High Desert.

One promotion that Berro used when he was racing was the sales of 1-inch by 1-inch pictures of businesses on his racecar.

"My hometown was supporting me. They were proud."

The potential is almost limitless, according to Berro.

"How many can you put on a car?"

Miller's growing celebrity also has value.

"He could come back and help promote local events."

Some businesses may want to help out by investing in Miller's career much like a person would purchase stock. And the amount is negotiable.

"From $500 to $500,000. Name your price," Miller said.

A High Desert Cities promotional campaign could help publicize not only businesses but the local community.

"It will put us on the map, especially internationally," Miller said.

Miller is excited about whatever lay ahead.

"It's a great opportunity," he said. "It's going to be an adventure."

For more information, contact Joel Miller at 559-2638 or log onto joelmillerracing.net or by calling Carlo Berro at 948-2644 or email at carnut@aol.com.