Lansing, Mich - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, will return to the Rocketsports Racing stable as a teammate with three-time Trans-Am Champion Paul Gentilozzi for the 2002 Trans-Am Series. Miller,...
Lansing, Mich - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, will return to the Rocketsports Racing stable as a teammate with three-time Trans-Am Champion Paul Gentilozzi for the 2002 Trans-Am Series. Miller, who was previously the owner/driver of Miller Racing, first joined forces with the Rocketsports camp for the 2001 season.
Finishing third in the points standings last year, his career-best Trans-Am showing, Miller enters his seventh full season of Trans-Am competition. During the 2001 season, Miller led the points standing for the first time in his Trans-Am tenure, collected five top-three and seven top-five finishes, and posted five "Fast Five" qualifying efforts. Miller stood first or second in the points standings for the majority of the season.
"Last season was very good for me," explained Miller, who was the only Trans-Am driver to complete every lap of every race in 2001. "I'm getting used to the equipment working all the time and everything being consistent.
"Paul helped me exactly like I expected last year," continued Miller, who was voted the "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "We went out and ran, and then we compared the data. We both got faster. I learned a lot, a tremendous amount."
Miller has set high expectations for himself for the 2002 season. "I intend not only to finish every lap again, but to win a few races," explained Miller. "We didn't win last year; we probably had a one or two races that got away. Winning is really the ultimate goal.
"Now, we're going to work on the more specialized areas for me since I drive differently than Paul does," said Miller. "We ran up front all last year, but we lacked that last little bit. I plan to work a little harder to refine what we've already done and win some races.
"I'm just looking forward to this year. I'm planning on it being even more successful than last year," concluded Miller, who was also the 1996 "Rookie of the Year". "It's more laid back, the change is over, and we're on to bigger and better things. All we want to do is win. Pretty simple."