Lime Rock: Johnny Miller preview

Miller seeks first win of the season at Lime Rock. Lime Rock, CT - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is looking for his first victory of the season when the Trans-Am Series for the...

Miller seeks first win of the season at Lime Rock.

Lime Rock, CT - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is looking for his first victory of the season when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Lime Rock Park following a two-year hiatus on May 24-27. Miller, who is currently second in the Drivers' Championship points standings, had a strong third place podium finish at the season-opener in Long Beach, and he backed it up with a solid second place showing at Mosport.

"We're heading in the right direction," joked Miller. "Third in Long Beach and second at Mosport. If that trend holds true, it must mean we'll get the win at Lime Rock and claim that center spot on the podium.

"Go fast and turn right - that's it, that's Lime Rock," explained Miller, who qualified eighth and finished fourth at Lime Rock in 1999, the last time the Trans-Am Series raced here. "This is a rhythm track and it's very much a technical track. There is no room for error. It's very narrow and you've got to be extremely precise.

"Traffic is always an issue here because it's such a short track," continued Miller, who has 28 top-five finishes to his credit. "Because of that, you need to be able to pass cleanly. It also puts a priority on qualifying because you catch traffic so quickly.

"The good news is because it's a short track, you get a lot of laps in during the practice session which certainly helps with car set-up and track familiarization," said Miller, voted the series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998.

All races in the Trans-Am Series now include a pit stop. "Because it's such a short circuit, the potential bad news is that you could actually go a lap down during your pit stop if you don't catch the caution and traffic just right," continued Miller, who has a string of 14 consecutive top-ten finishes dating back to his first career Trans-Am win at San Diego in November, 2000.

"The pit stop puts a whole new twist on things and could well impact the outcome of the race," concluded Miller. "But it makes for a better finish and provides an opportunity to see different faces in the top-five, which is great for the fans."

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Series Trans-Am
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