Miller Getting Up to Speed in Second-Round Grand-Am Practice at VIR ALTON, Va. (Oct. 1, 2004) -- Johnny Miller improved his time by more than one second in second-round practice Friday afternoon for Sunday's VIR 400 Presented by SunTrust Grand...
Miller Getting Up to Speed in Second-Round Grand-Am Practice at VIR
ALTON, Va. (Oct. 1, 2004) -- Johnny Miller improved his time by more than one second in second-round practice Friday afternoon for Sunday's VIR 400 Presented by SunTrust Grand American Road Racing event at Virginia International Raceway. Miller (No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering Chevrolet Daytona Prototype) turned a 1:51.527-minute lap (105.553 miles per hour) around the 3.27-mile permanent road course.
Miller said changes made after first-round practice benefited the team, which also includes owner/driver Robert Chase and Chris Bingham.
"We're doing better, but we found a gearing problem during the session," said Miller. "The data was pretty conclusive we can pick up a lot of straightaway speed. We'll be much faster tomorrow. Other than the gearing issues, the car is getting much better. We're going in the right direction."
Third-round practice is scheduled for tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by Daytona Prototype qualifying from 1:05 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. The 400-km/77-lap/165-minute race is scheduled to start at noon Sunday and will air LIVE on Speed.
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.
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.