Washington DC: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller looks to extend his success in the Trans-Am series debut in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. - While the stars and stripes proudly flies high in our nation's capital, look for the checkered flag to be waving for Trans-Am Series ...

Johnny Miller looks to extend his success in the Trans-Am series debut in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. - While the stars and stripes proudly flies high in our nation's capital, look for the checkered flag to be waving for Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup makes its debut July 19-20 during the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. weekend. Miller, currently tied for third in the point standings, excels on temporary race circuits. The last time the Series' competed on a new temporary circuit was in November, 2000, in San Diego, California, where Miller scored his first career Trans-Am win.

"I like the temporary racing circuits," explained Miller, who has two podium finishes and a solid fourth in five starts this season. "We seem to do well in that environment. Last season, we were on the podium in three of the four temporary course races and finished third this year in Long Beach. They really suit my driving style. I don't necessarily need to see the exit of a corner on turn in, and on a temporary circuit, it's often blind from the apex of a corner and beyond."

Miller is ready for the challenges presented by a totally new circuit. "A new course really levels the playing field," said Miller, who has 29 top-five finishes to his credit. "It's new for everyone and no one can test here ahead of time.

"It also provides a true reflection of a team," continued Miller, voted the Series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "It will show how quickly and effectively they can adapt to new and different situations. We've got the best team and engineering and we adapt well, which we've shown time and time again. I expect a strong showing from the Rocketsports camp."

According to Miller, learning the way around a new circuit is a bit like going back to school. "I study a map of the course to find the most important corners, the ones that lead on to a long straightaway," said Miller. "I start there and then work to learn where the braking points are. The test is putting it all together to come up with a good lap, then to repeat it 60 times to perfection, and ace the test with a win."

The Capital Trans-Am 100 will air live on CBS on Saturday, July 20th at 2:30 pm Eastern.

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