Miami: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller looks for another podium finish in the Miami Trans-Am race. Miami, FL - Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the vNo.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, would like to add a win to his string of podium...

Johnny Miller looks for another podium finish in the Miami Trans-Am race.

Miami, FL - Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the vNo.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, would like to add a win to his string of podium finishes as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup travels to the streets of Miami for Round 10 during the Grand Prix Americas weekend on October 4-6. Miller, who has collected three top-three finishes to date, will make his first Trans-Am start in Miami, although the Series previously visited the city in 1994.

"This looks like a pretty challenging circuit," said Miller, voted the Series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "This course is definitely not the typical street circuit design with a lot of 90 degree corners requiring the `point and shoot' style of driving. It's got a lot more sweeping corners and actually reminds me more of a traditional permanent road course.

"There seems to be three or four places to pass," observed Miller, who has 30 Trans-Am career top-five finishes. "Depending on how long the straightaways actually are, brakes could become an issue. There won't be any place to cool down the brakes which could take its toll.

"I think some of the other cars will have a bit of a technical advantage with downforce on a short street course," continued Miller, who finished third in the 1998 Trans-Am race at the Miami Motorsports Complex in nearby Homestead. "So we'll just have to make up for that in preparation and talent."

Miller, who currently ranks third in the point standings with three races remaining, would like to solidify his position in the points standings. He has a eight-point advantage over Butch Leitzinger in fourth and trails his teammate Paul Gentilozzi in second place by 27 points.

"Ideally, Paul and I want to finish 1-2 in the championship hunt," he said. "We've got everything to gain at this point. We're going to run as hard as we can and build on the momentum we've established at the last couple of races. It's not over until the last lap of the last race."

The Miami Trans-Am race will air on a same day delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on October 6th with coverage from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Eastern.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller