Elkhart Lake, WI - Trans-Am Series veteran Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, will be looking for that elusive top spot on the podium when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns...
Elkhart Lake, WI - Trans-Am Series veteran Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, will be looking for that elusive top spot on the podium when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns for the Johnson Controls 100 during the Grand Prix of Road America weekend on August 16-17. Miller, who currently ranks fourth in the point standings, was leading last year's Johnson Controls 100 when the race was called early due to torrential rains, but he ultimately was credited with a second place finish when Series rules decried that the last previously scored lap would count as the final lap.
"We've done well here, but we've had our heartache, too," explained Miller, who has two podium finishes and a solid fourth in seven starts this season. "We thought we'd come away with the win here last year, but it wasn't to be. In 2000, we started on the pole, but then had a failed oil pump belt that took us out of contention. Maybe this will be the year when we'll go all the way to the top.
"This is definitely one of the most demanding circuits we race at," said Miller, who has 29 Tran-Am career top-five finishes to his credit. "This track requires it all - horsepower, handling, and concentration. You've got the long, uphill straightaway, high speed corners, and downhill braking zones coupled with the fact that it's a four-mile long track. It's quite the mental exercise.
"To be good here, you've got to get a good rhythm and get it quick because you don't get a lot of laps here due to the track length," continued Miller, voted the Series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "You've really got to go after the track, each and every lap. Let up and make a mistake in just one corner and it'll show up in your lap times.
"Bottom line is that this track really showcases the entire team," concluded Miller, who will be making his eighth start at Road America. "It takes a well-prepared car, a stout motor, good aero, a great engineering package, and a driver who can concentrate to be there at the end."
The Johnson Controls 100 will air on a one-day tape delay basis on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 18th beginning at 12 Noon Eastern.