Mosport: Johnny Miller preview

Miller seeks first win of the season at Mosport. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to score his first victory of the season when the Trans-Am Series for the...

Miller seeks first win of the season at Mosport.

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to score his first victory of the season when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Mosport International Raceway on May 17-19. Miller, who is currently third in the Drivers' Championship points standings, had a strong third place podium finish at the season-opener in Long Beach, and hopes to back it up with the win at Mosport.

"This track has always been very demanding and unforgiving," said Miller, who qualified eighth and finished third here last year. "To be fast here, you really have to hang it all out. It feels like you're just flying through the woods. In that sense, it somewhat resembles a street circuit because you felt so close to the trees, just like the concrete barriers.

"There's plenty of places to pass but also plenty of places for people to get in your way," continued Miller, who has 27 top-five finishes to his credit. "It's relatively easy to pass a backmarker, but hard to pass for position.

"You have to be really aggressive here," said Miller, voted the series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "Your passes have to be hard and clean so you don't lose anything to the guy behind you.

"This really is a three dimensional race track," continued Miller, who has a string of 13 consecutive top-ten finishes dating back to his win at San Diego in November, 2000. "It has blind corners and a high average speed. You really have to rely on your ability to read your surroundings and you don't have to be as technical on a track that's partially blind.

"Success at this track will still depend greatly on horsepower and how well your car performs," said Miller. "This is a big momentum track, a high speed track. You've got to be careful because if you break your momentum, you lose a lot, much more than just one corner."

All races in the Trans-Am Series now include a mandatory pit stop. "The pit stop puts a whole new twist on things and could well impact the outcome of the race," revealed Miller. "It'll make for a better finish and we'll see different faces in the top-five, which is great for the fans."

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Series Trans-Am
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