Miller Qualifies 15th for Grand-Am Race at VIR; Gains Confidence Going into Tomorrow's Race ALTON, Va. (Oct. 2, 2004) -- Johnny Miller qualified the No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering Chevrolet Daytona Prototype 15th Saturday for tomorrow's...
Miller Qualifies 15th for Grand-Am Race at VIR; Gains Confidence Going into Tomorrow's Race
ALTON, Va. (Oct. 2, 2004) -- Johnny Miller qualified the No. 18 CHASE Competition Engineering Chevrolet Daytona Prototype 15th Saturday for tomorrow's VIR 400 Presented by SunTrust Grand American Road Racing event at Virginia International Raceway. Miller turned a 1:51.450-minute lap (105.626 miles per hour) around the 3.27-mile permanent road course.
Miller said the team has found the baseline setup for the car, which is making just its second start in race trim. Changes continue to help the team, which includes owner/driver Robert Chase and Chris Bingham.
"We're working on some handling issues and we've made some pretty major braking and setup changes," said Miller. "We're just trying to find the baseline setup, which includes ride height and braking angle and we are getting close to those. We're the manufacturer, so we have to find all of the baseline information; we can't just call the manufacturer to get it.
"The car is also at a bit of a disadvantage," added Miller. "While we are attempting to develop the baseline in the car, the car isn't equipped with traction control or a foot-on-the-floor shifter, which are both allowed under the rules. Those systems are well sorted, and they can mask certain issues in the setup, so we chose to run without them this weekend.
"No one went faster in qualifying than in practice, so we're pretty happy with our results," concluded Miller. "We'll be good in the race and I think we'll get faster in tomorrow's practice."
Final practice is scheduled for tomorrow from 9:40 a.m. to 9:55 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.