Johnny Miller Returns to Chase Competition Engineering for Grand-Am Finale FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2004) -- Johnny Miller will return to the cockpit of the No. 18 Chase Competition Engineering Chevrolet Chase Daytona Prototype during this ...
Johnny Miller Returns to Chase Competition Engineering for Grand-Am Finale
FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2004) -- Johnny Miller will return to the cockpit of the No. 18 Chase Competition Engineering Chevrolet Chase Daytona Prototype during this weekend's Lexus Grand American 400, the 2004 season finale for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at California Speedway. Miller will co-drive with French Canadian Hugo Guenette as the team continues its development of the new Daytona Prototype.
Miller returns to Chase Competition Engineering after competing for the Ashland, Va.-based team at Virginia Int'l Raceway earlier this month. Aside from his many accolades as a racing driver, Miller has a strong track record of developing race cars in nearly every major form of North American auto racing, including Trans-Am, ALMS, Grand-Am, as well as NASCAR Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup competition.
"We learned a lot at VIR and we're very excited about putting that knowledge to good use this weekend," said Miller. "We crossed many hurdles so far. Each time the car goes out, it gets better. We should be quite competitive here.
"Developing a new race car is a process," added Miller. "Each weekend brings new data, which allows us to showcase the car's true potential. We're seeking consistent laps and to gather as much data as possible. And, if the race goes our way, I think we have a legitimate shot at the podium"
The car is currently the only Daytona Prototype powered by a Chevrolet engine, making for a strong tie-in to Miller's racing history. The car also sports Corvette taillights to further relate it to its road-going cousin, the Corvette C6.
"I'm privileged to be a part of the development of a Chevrolet-engined Daytona Prototype," said Miller. "I have a long relationship with Chevrolet. I started my Trans-Am career in a Corvette, and I'm hoping to return full time to the Trans-Am Series next year in a Corvette. I've won many races in Corvettes, and I even have a collection of classic 'Vettes in my garage. The marquee has been with me every step of my career."
The Lexus Grand-American 400 is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-31 at California Speedway's infield road course. The 400-kilometer/89-lap/2.75-hour race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (PST) Sunday. The race will air LIVE on Speed.
Johnny Miller, from Johnson City, Tenn., finished second in the 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Series Championship, after earning his second Trans-Am victory, 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, finishing fifth at Road America after starting last and second at Denver. The 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year also earned the BBS Most Improved Driver award in 1998 in a vote by his fellow competitors. Miller began his motorsports career in autocross in 1982 with numerous victories and regional championships. Miller raced SCCA Solo I in the late 1980s and won more than 25 events. He set four track records. Miller was the 1984 Chrysler-Dodge National Collegiate Driving champion.
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.