Johnny Miller, driver of the no. 64 Automationdirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, finished third after qualifying fifth in the Johnson Controls 100...second consecutive podium finish at Road America...third top-three finish this season...19TH top-ten finish in last 20 races.
NOTE 1 - ROAD AMERICA BACKGROUND... In 2001, was leading when the race was called early due to torrential rains, but ultimately finished second when Series rules decried that the previously scored lap would count as the final lap...In 2000, started on the pole, led several laps when a failed oil pump belt ended his day early.
NOTE 2 - BACKGROUND STATS...Fourth in the points...Has three top-three, four top-five, and seven top-ten finishes...In 2001, finished third in the points standings...In 2001,had five top-three finishes and completed every lap of every race...Earned the Owners' Championship for Rocketsports...Has 29 career top-five finishes...In 2000, scored his first career Trans-Am win at San Diego...Voted "Most Improved Driver" for 1998...Won the "Rookie of the Year" title in 1996.
On his race today, especially his battle with Butch Leitzinger... "We had a great run today. You always want to win, that's what it's ultimately all about, but after some of the great racing today, third feels pretty good and will do.
"It was one of those deals, he was holding me up. We took off on the restart and wanted to get hooked up with Boris before he stretched out too big of a lead. Paul and I were working together trying to get by him. Paul got by him pretty easily and I thought I'd do that, too. But Butch had other ideas. I really had to fight for it. It seemed like we were side-by-side in places where you're not supposed to be. We raced each other really hard for a few laps. It took some body work and a bunch of brake pad to finally get by him. It was an absolute blast, great fun.
On his battle with teammate Paul Gentilozzi after the final restart... "Paul was loose in the Kink and I thought that be our opportunity. But as Paul and I were racing, Stu (Hayner) had closed up. I've been hit from behind by Stu there before and didn't want a repeat experience. So I decided to protect the inside and settle for third and have two Rocketsports cars on the podium instead of taking a chance of Paul and I getting together and giving it to Stu.