Johnny Miller Ready To Rock around the Clock in Rolex 24 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2005) -- Johnny Miller will co-drive the No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering CCE-001 Matte Leao Daytona Prototype in this weekend's Rolex 24 at ...
Johnny Miller Ready To Rock around the Clock in Rolex 24 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2005) -- Johnny Miller will co-drive the No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering CCE-001 Matte Leao Daytona Prototype in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona Grand American Sports Car race. Teaming with Vic Rice, Chris Bingham, Steve Ivankovich and Roger Scotton, Miller returns to the seat of the Pontiac-engined car after taking a lead engineering role in its development in 2005.
Miller hopes to settle a score this weekend and turn around some of the bad luck that he's experienced in the past during the annual twice around the clock event.
"Man, I'm ready for this race," said Miller. "Luck has never been on our side at Daytona. I've tested here several times, but situations beyond our control sidelined us every time. I was even entered to race with Paul Gentilozzi in 2001 in the Saleen. That car was in its early development stages at the time and it suffered mechanical failure before my stint. So, I think it's safe to say I have unfinished business here.
"Robert Chase has put together a fine car," added Miller, who competed for the Ashland, Va.-based constructor last year at VIR. "The car has been competitive every time it's been on the track. The car always has a shot at the podium and I expect it to be very competitive here. Plus, the Pontiac engine never missed a Grand-Am podium last season. I'm looking forward to the race.
"I plan to make my own luck this year," concluded Miller.
The 43rd Rolex 24 at Daytona is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5 and finishes 24 hours later on Sunday, Feb. 6. SPEED Channel will carry 14 hours of live programming from the race, beginning with the first seven hours of the race. After a one-hour break, the telecast will resume at 8 p.m., with coverage continuing until 11 p.m. The third and final segment of the telecast will air at 8 a.m. Sunday and will run until the race's conclusion.
Johnny Miller, from Johnson City, Tenn., finished second in the 2003 Trans-Am Series Championship, after earning a Trans-Am victory, two poles and scoring eight podium finishes in 10 starts. Miller was also one of NASCAR's "hired guns," competing in two NASCAR Nextel Cup races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Miller made two 2004 Trans-Am starts in a Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, finishing fifth at Road America after starting last, and finishing second at Denver.
Miller won the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year award, and was voted BBS Most Improved Driver by his fellow competitors in 1998. He was the 1984 Chrysler-Dodge National Collegiate Driving champion and has had more than 100 career wins, numerous poles, podiums and track records in several race series, including Trans-Am, IMSA, ALMS, GT-America and in SCCA. Miller also works a development engineer for several tire companies.
Robert Chase and Jack Williams, owners of Chase Competition Engineering, are approved Daytona Prototype manufactures based in Ashland, Va. Their expertise in race car development has been honed from many years of active competition as drivers competing in various levels of national motorsport.