Johnny Miller Still Upbeat after Driveline Failure Ends Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2004) -- Johnny Miller, and the Chase Competition Engineering Team, finished 50th in Saturday and Sunday's Rolex 24 Grand American Sports Car Series...
Johnny Miller Still Upbeat after Driveline Failure Ends Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2004) -- Johnny Miller, and the Chase Competition Engineering Team, finished 50th in Saturday and Sunday's Rolex 24 Grand American Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway after running in the top 20 in the early stages of the race. The No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering CCE-001 Pontiac Matte Leao Daytona Prototype suffered a driveline failure early Sunday morning, ending its race early. Miller was hired by the team to help develop the car, now in its second year of competition.
Miller, who was also the lead Chase Competition Engineering development driver in 2004, said the car has potential, but budgetary issues have slowed the overall development of the car.
"The car continues to show a lot of potential and has made progress from last year," said Miller. "We're developing a non-factory car, which takes quite a bit of patience. Sometimes it's difficult, especially when you're used to running up front and being competitive. However, building a program from the ground up is not an easy task. This is a privateer effort, and becoming competitive with the factories takes hard work, dedication, and most of all funding. We were racing against teams here that spend several million dollars per season, so it tends to be an uphill battle.
"With that said, I think if the right steps are taken, this car will certainly be a contender," added Miller. "I think it's just as good, if not better than any other car out there. It just needs further development. I'm excited to be involved in the development of this car."
Johnny Miller, from Johnson City, Tenn., finished second in the 2003 Trans-Am Series Championship, after earning a Trans-Am victory, two poles and scoring eight podium finishes in 10 starts. Miller was also one of NASCAR's "hired guns," competing in two NASCAR Nextel Cup races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Miller made two 2004 Trans-Am starts in a Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, finishing fifth at Road America after starting last, and finishing second at Denver.
Miller won the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year award, and was voted BBS Most Improved Driver by his fellow competitors in 1998. He was the 1984 Chrysler-Dodge National Collegiate Driving champion and has had more than 100 career wins, numerous poles, podiums and track records in several race series, including Trans-Am, IMSA, ALMS, GT-America and in SCCA. Miller also works a development engineer for several tire companies.
Robert Chase and Jack Williams, owners of Chase Competition Engineering, are approved Daytona Prototype manufactures based in Ashland, Va. Their expertise in race car development has been honed from many years of active competition as drivers competing in various levels of national motorsport.