In the Detroit Grand Prix there are no bears-but there are barriers…. Many of the best got a taste of the barriers during the weekend’s events that included IndyCar, IMSA, and Trans Am. Even GM’s VP of Vehicle Development put the Corvette pace car head on into the barriers while bringing the IndyCar field to the green flag on Sunday. On our end all four team members had their moment–bagging the bear and buried in the barriers.
Going into the weekend the team was excited to be the first team to have all three brands-Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford all under one tent. Marc Miller in the new Berryman Mustang, Ethan Wilson in his Berryman, Liqui Moly, Dodge, Paul Terry driving the Terry Trucking, Berryman Dodge, and Anthony Honeywell at the wheel of his Honeywell Competition, PREFIX LS3 powered Camaro.
The new Berryman, Liqui Moly, usaautomotivesupply.com, Stevens-Miller Racing, PREFIX powered Mustang was Stevens-Miller Racing’s big mid season move to challenge the championship with team driver Marc Miller. On track Miller took full advantage of the new package. From the first lap of practice Miller was one of the leaders and it stayed that way into qualifying.
Prior to qualifying Mother Nature decided to join in the fun with showers and the threat of thunder storms forcing officials to halt competition and request spectators evacuate Belle Isle… after a half hour delay the track was clear, the threat had passed, and the 21 car field took to the track.
Immediately setting fast laps Miller’s weekend came to an abrupt end when he made contact with the rear of a slower car while exiting turn four. Both cars suffered serious damage with the Mustang finished on the spot. With Indianapolis so close the Berryman Mustang may not return to Trans Am2 action until the Mid Ohio round.
The passion for sport comes from both the highs and the lows. In motorsport it really can be “hero to zero” in the blink of an eye. In the case of Detroit Marc Miller was just the first of our team members to experience the highs and lows in the span of a moment. Miller moves on first off to Montreal for the Ferrari Challenge at the Canadian Grand Prix and then to Belgium for the 24 hours of Spa.
Looking good in his new Berryman livery, Ethan Wilson in the number 49, Berryman, Liqui Moly, usaautomotivesupply.com, Stevens-Miller, PREFIX powered Dodge, also ran great right off the trailer. Wilson looked fast and ran well inside the top ten in every session qualifying seventh. With Miller’s car withdrawn Wilson would start sixth in Saturday’s event.
Saturday in fact was a great race for Wilson with only three professional races under is belt. Wilson drove a steady race and finished where he started in sixth his best qualifying and finish of the year.
Fresh off taming the Detroit street circuit on Saturday-race two found Wilson waist deep in the barriers early on during Sunday’s event. One lap down Wilson persevered to finish eleventh. The current leader for TA2 Rookie of the Year honors is gaining experience with every race. After five races Wilson now sits sixth in the championship knocking on the door of the top five.
Another team member riding high on Saturday was Anthony Honeywell in the Honeywell Competition, PREFIX, Stevens-Miller Racing Camaro. Honeywell finished ninth winning the Hard Charger Award as well as taking first place in the TA2 Northern Cup. Like Wilson after tasting success on Saturday-Sunday was a bear. At the drop of the green on Sunday there was an accident bringing out a full course caution. On the restart Honeywell got turned sending his immaculate yellow and black Camaro head on into the cement barriers ending his day on lap 10.
Saving his best day for Sunday was Paul Terry in his Paul Terry Trucking, Berryman, Stevens-Miller Racing, PREFIX powered Challenger. After finding the tire wall not once but twice on Saturday as well as breaking a rear end in Friday’s practice, Terry rebounded with his best finish of the season coming home in eighth.
“A really tough weekend once again at Detroit,” Joe Stevens Owner of Stevens Miller Racing said. “Saturday we had great results but it was bitter sweet after loosing the Mustang in qualifying. I’m really proud of my guys. Before the crash the new car was in the exact position we wanted to contend for the championship. All of my guys gave everything to get these cars prepared for this race. With three crashed cars we have a lot of work to be ready for Indianapolis in less than two weeks. You know what they say-some days you get the bear-some days the barriers get you-we had both in Detroit.”