Warm Champagne

August 6, 2019

Warm Champagne


– This past weekend at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dillon Machavern finished second in his Stevens-Miller Racing, Liqui Moly, PREFIX-powered Ford Mustang. His performance firmed his grasp on second place in The Trans Am presented by Pirelli’s TA2 championship and opened the gap between himself and third.


“All in all, it was a good weekend for our Stevens-Miller Racing team. My teammate Marc Miller won the race making it the first one-two for our team. We stood in victory circle and kissed the bricks – but finishing second is like drinking warm champagne, it’s just not as sweet.”


“We entered the weekend with just six-points between us and third. With the podium we’ve opened the gap to 27 points going into Mid-Ohio. On the other hand, I lost some ground in the battle for the championship lead. Yes – we had a great weekend, but as a competitor you always want more.”


Stevens-Miller Racing owner Joe Stevens said, “My guys had several hurdles with Dillon’s Mustang. It was extremely hot, and we had issues with our Ford overheating. The car also had some minor handling issues. My guys kept after it, resolved the issues and the Liqui Moly Ford was good to go when they dropped the green flag.”


Machavern continued, “The team worked their butts off this weekend. It was really hot, but they never stop. I had Steve Bertok from Panic Motorsports helping this weekend. There is a lot of work that goes into these cars between sessions, and in the heat an extra hand really helps, especially someone with Steve’s background.


“After chasing some issues during practice and qualifying, the car came to me during the race and I was ready when we got the full course caution. When we went green it was a five-lap shootout between Marc and I for the win. I’d saved my tires and brakes just in case I got the chance, but we just did not have what it took to get around my teammate.


“Hats off to the entire Stevens-Miller team and my sponsors Liqui Moly, PREFIX, and UniFirst. Indy was the team’s first-ever one-two finish and it was a thrill to kiss the bricks. Now we have a two-day turn around for Mid-Ohio. I’m ready and I know the guys at SMR will have my Mustang ready when we hit the track Thursday. There are 32 cars entered including a hand full of drivers from the Xfinity series. It’s going to be tough, I’m ready – this time I want my champagne cold!”

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