Miller a championship contender going into Mosport
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - After a second place finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Johnny Miller is only 11 points out of first place in the Drivers' Championship. Miller, driver of the No. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is ready to give point's leader Scott Pruett a run for his money during round three of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup at the Victoria Day SCCA Trans-Am race weekend at the Mosport International Raceway, May 16-18, 2003.
"Mosport is one of my favorite tracks," said Miller, who finished second here in 2002 after leading nearly half the race. "It's a three dimensional track, with high speeds, great corners, and fast straights.
"Mosport is a bit different than most permanent road courses. It's the type of track where you have to have faith in yourself, car, and crew to run fast. It's one of the fastest average lap speed circuits we run on. "I tend to do real well here," explained Miller, who has finished out of the top ten only once in the last 26 races.
"Mosport is a very challenging course; most of the corners are blind and fast. You really have to think your moves out wisely.
"This is the first road course we run on this season, after the first two races being run on temporary street circuits," added Miller, who finished third at the season opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
"A major difference is the consistency in track surface types. At temporary circuits, you have multiple surface changes, concrete to asphalt back to concrete. On a permanent course like Mosport, you have a dedicated, consistent surface throughout the entire track.
"This will be a big weekend for me, as well as for my sponsor Eaton Cutler-Hammer. They're expecting over 120 guests at the race, so that puts some extra pressure on me to do well," said Miller, who has been working with Eaton Cutler-Hammer for six seasons.
"At Long Beach, we had a large group of Eaton Cutler-Hammer people cheering me on and I did well. Let's hope they can bring me some more good luck."
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