VIR: Johnny Miller race report

Miller and Company Finish 10th at VIR; Development Continues on Chase Chevrolet ALTON, Va. (Oct. 3, 2004) -- Johnny Miller recovered from a shunt in final practice this morning to finish 10th in class in Sunday's VIR 400 Presented by SunTrust ...

Miller and Company Finish 10th at VIR; Development Continues on Chase Chevrolet

ALTON, Va. (Oct. 3, 2004) -- Johnny Miller recovered from a shunt in final practice this morning to finish 10th in class in 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) drove from last to as high as eighth before the top-ten finish in the 77-lap event.

Miller said his team made a monumental effort to get the car ready for the race. Miller was co-driver with owner/driver Robert Chase and Chris Bingham.

"We had a long day today," said Miller. "We went out this morning with a whole new set up on cold tires and slid off the track. When I went off, the car snagged something and it ripped the floor out from underneath it. It did all kinds of damage. May hat is off to the crew. The deserve most of the credit today.

"We took the green flag late and started from pit road," added Miller. "I kept a consistent pace and made it up to eighth. We found out the new set up wasn't what the car needed and I ended up spinning at pit entry. I went in, we did a driver change and we ended up 10th in class, which is pretty impressive considering this was only the car's second race.

"We learned a lot this weekend," concluded Miller. "This was just another positive step in the development of the car. The car was running at the finish and was competitive all weekend. Robert (Chase) has really put together a competitive piece here.

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.

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