Johnny Miller Mid-Ohio preview

Lexington, Ohio - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, has solidified his second place position in the battle for the Drivers' Championship, but hopes to close in on the lead as the Trans-Am Series for ...

Lexington, Ohio - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, has solidified his second place position in the battle for the Drivers' Championship, but hopes to close in on the lead as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns for the Mid-Ohio Trans-Am 100 on August 24-25 during the American LeMans Series weekend. Miller took the points lead after the third race at Mosport and maintained it until the fifth race at Cleveland. A ninth place finish at Sears Point dropped him to third in the standings. But his strong fourth place at Portland put him back in second place and a second place showing at Road America has now given him a 14-point edge over third place held by 2000 Trans-Am champion Brian Simo.

Miller's teammate, two-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi, maintains the lead with a 19-point advantage.

"I believe that it will take consistent podium finishes to win the championship this year," said Miller, who has five top-three finishes this season. "That's what we strive for each weekend and so far, we've been pretty much on the mark. "We've just come off a rain-shortened race at Road America, it was wet at the Cleveland race, and if you believe the weatherman, we're likely to have another wet race this weekend," predicted Miller, who scored his first Trans-Am win at the 2000 season finale at San Diego. "The car and I have gotten comfortable together in the rain and we still find our way to the podium."

"Mid-Ohio is an extremely demanding circuit, wet or dry," said Miller, who has 26 top-five finishes. "We've had a year off here and now we're back at a critical part of the season where absolutely every point counts. So I decided a little remedial work might be in order. I'm taking a driving school here this week to get reacquainted with the track. That way I can concentrate just on set-up during the only practice session before qualifying."

"With only three races remaining, I'll likely be more aggressive here and try to get all I can out of the car and myself," said Miller, who was voted the series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "Paul and I are both running for the championship, but one of our team goals is to have both drivers on the podium at each race. I fully intend to be fast and win."

-RM

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller