Joel Miller, the Hesperia Christian School graduate who has blazed a trial on the race car circuit, took 11th place in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 18.


He raced aboard the Andersen Racing Indy Lights entry. He won a total of $14,500 in the competition.


The race was won by James Hinchcliffe. Other top finishers, in order, Charlie Kimball, J.K. Vernay, Sebastian Saavedra, Martin Plowman, Tonis Kasemets, Phillip Major, Pippa Mann, Nlall Quin and Carmen Jorda.


Miller was the sixth-best event rookie. The fastest competitors averaged speeds of more than 80 miles per hour with Hinchcliffe recording the fastest lap of 94 mph. Hinchliffe won $30,000.


Miller, 21, began racing cars in 2004. Two years later he won a major karting competition, and in 2007 Miller won the Skip Barber National Championship. The Long Beach race was his Firestone Indy Lights debut. His goal is to become an Indy Racing League driver.


He is currently looking for sponsors so he race at the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


For more information, go to joelmillerracing.com.