VIR: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller Ready to take on Grand-Am's best at VIR ALTON, Va. (Sept. 29, 2004) -- Johnny Miller will team with Robert Chase and Chris Bingham in this weekend's VIR 400 Presented by SunTrust Grand American Road Racing Series event at Virginia...

Johnny Miller Ready to take on Grand-Am's best at VIR

ALTON, Va. (Sept. 29, 2004) -- Johnny Miller will team with Robert Chase and Chris Bingham in this weekend's VIR 400 Presented by SunTrust Grand American Road Racing Series event at Virginia Int'l Raceway. The trio will co-drive the No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering Chevrolet Daytona Prototype in the 400-kilometer event.

Miller, the 2003 Trans-Am Championship runner-up and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup hired gun, has been tapped this weekend to help develop the new CHASE Competition Engineering Daytona Prototype. This is the second race for the car, the only one in the field powered by a Chevrolet engine. The car also sports Corvette tail lights to further relate it to its road-going cousin, the Corvette C6.

"I'm excited to be using my engineering and driving experience to help in the early testing and development of the CHASE Engineering Chevrolet Daytona Prototype," said Miller. "I have a long history with Chevrolet. I started my racing career in a Corvette and have a strong tie to the marquee.

"We're out here this weekend to develop this car in race trim," added Miller. "We're seeking consistent laps and to gather as much data as possible. And, if the race goes our way, we have a legitimate shot at the podium."

Miller's Unishippers business (a selling partner with DHL) is located in Richmond, Va., while CHASE Competition Engineering's manufacturing facility and race team are based in Ashland, Va.

"Our local connection makes racing at VIR a perfect fit" said Miller. "VIR is a great race track with a long heritage. I'm looking forward to racing there."

The VIR 400 is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-3 at VIR's 3.27-mile permanent road course. The 400-km/77-lap/165-minute race is scheduled to start at noon Sunday and will air LIVE on Speed.

Johnny Miller, from Johnston 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 motorsports.

-jm-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Johnny Miller , Robert Chase
Teams Williams