A native of San Francisco, California, David
Miller graduated with honors from that city’s
nationally acclaimed Lowell High School. He
thereafter enrolled at the University of California,
at Davis. A few weeks later, a friend of Miller's
informed the Editor-in-Chief of The California
Aggie, the university's daily newspaper, that the
17-year-old freshman warranted a regularly
published column. The editor laughed, but asked
for a few writing samples anyway. He hired Miller
immediately. The newspaper thereafter published
Miller’s column frequently during a three-year
span, which included one year when Miller studied
and traveled in Europe.
There, Miller obtained his first glimpse of Formula One racing and the Europeans’
passion for the sport. Shortly after Miller’s return to UCD, the campus media board
appointed him to serve as Editor-in-Chief. During his tenure in that position, the newspaper
won national awards for journalistic excellence.
That experience earned Miller recognition as a Chancellor’s Outstanding Senior and a
prestigious Coro Program Fellowship in Public Affairs. Drawing upon that history, as well as
his passion for photography, international travel, and exotic, mid-engined supercars, Miller
turned his attention to writing Circus Before Dawn.
As part of that effort, he visited several countries, gained backstage access at several
Grands Prix, and spoke with numerous Formula One racecar drivers and team personnel.
He also experienced many of the world’s fastest cars on some of the world’s legendary
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