JOHNNY MILLER RETURNS TO NASCAR NEXTEL CUP COMPETITION AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2005) -- Road Racing expert Johnny Miller will return to NASCAR Nextel Cup competition this weekend during the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen...
JOHNNY MILLER RETURNS TO NASCAR NEXTEL CUP COMPETITION AT WATKINS GLEN
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2005) -- Road Racing expert Johnny Miller will return to NASCAR Nextel Cup competition this weekend during the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Miller, who last competed in a NASCAR race in 2003 here, will drive the No. 92 Chevrolet Monte Carlo fielded by Front Row Motorsports,
Miller, who received an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee, was tapped by the team in large part for both his driving skill and engineering prowess. Miller is currently using his 20-plus years of racing experience to drive and develop Grand American Road Racing Rolex Series cars, along with testing racing tires for several major international manufacturers. In fact, Miller is doubling up this weekend, also competing in a Rolex GT Class Chevrolet Corvette for ASC Motorsports in Friday evening's Grand-Am race.
"I'm beyond excited to be back in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series," said Miller, who made his Nextel Cup debut in 2003 at Infineon Raceway with Morgan-McClure Motorsports finishing 24th on the lead lap. "I'm privileged that (team owner) Bob Jenkins gave me the call when he was looking for a road-course specialist. We are entering this weekend from square one--Front Row motorsports is a great team with a competitive car, but with no testing time under our belt we'll have get up to speed quickly.
"It's going to be a busy weekend driving in two different races," added Miller, "but that is my typical race weekend--I try to drive as many race cars as possible. I love racing, and I enjoy learning as much as I can to get to the front of the pack."
The Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen is scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Aug. 14. The 90-lap race around the 1.45-mile road course will air on NBC with live coverage beginning at 1 p.m. EDT.
Johnny Miller, from Johnson City, Tenn., was one of NASCAR's "hired guns," competing in two NASCAR Nextel Cup races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in 2003. He finished 24th on the lead lap in his NASCAR debut at Infineon Raceway and ran as high as fourth at Watkins Glen before a mechanical failure relegated him to a 36th-place finish. Most recently, Miller has been developing Daytona Prototype and GT cars in Grand-Am competition, and is also working as a development driver for several international tire manufacturers. Miller 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 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 victories, numerous poles, podiums and track records in several race series, including Trans-Am, Grand-Am, IMSA, ALMS, GT-America and SCCA.