Virginia (VIR): Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller looks to close out Trans-Am season with another podium finish. Alton, VA - Trans-Am Series veteran Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to add to his collection of podium ...

Johnny Miller looks to close out Trans-Am season with another podium finish.

Alton, VA - Trans-Am Series veteran Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to add to his collection of podium finishes with a season finale win as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for the first time since 1966 for the VIR Speed-Fest weekend on October 25-27. Miller has posted three top-three finishes at Long Beach, Mosport, and most recently, Road America in the 2002 Trans-Am season.

Miller scored his first career Trans-Am win at the 2000 season finale in the San Diego street race which was another new course for current Trans-Am competitors. "I'll take it as a good omen," Said Miller, who has 31 Trans- Am career top-five finishes. "It would be great to end the season on such a high note and enjoy the victory throughout the off-season, just like last time."

Miller, who is fourth in the points standings just six points ahead of Stu Hayner, is looking to protect his position. "We're going to try to win this race," explained Miller, voted the Series' 'Most Improved Driver' in 1998. "We'll go to the mat and run as hard as we can. There's no reason to be reserved or strategic at this point. We'll focus on the job at hand and get it done."

Miller is in a good position to get that job done as he is one of the very few Trans-Am drivers who has ever driven the track. Miller has coached Turn One Motorsports driving school students for regional races at VIR.

"It's a very long, absolutely spectacular course," revealed Miller. "It's narrow and has huge elevation changes. The track is extremely three- dimensional, as much or more so than any other track we race at. It's also likely to be the fastest track we run on all season.

"This will truly be a premier track and facility when it's discovered. It's a first class place, every bit as nice as Mid-Ohio, Road America, or Road Atlanta," observed Miller.

"But right now, for me, it's all about winning. It's not over until the last lap of the last race and the checkered flag is flying," concluded Miller.

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