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Johnny Miller Hopes To Win His First Trans-Am Title With A Win At Season Finale In Houston Houston, Texas - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is looking for a win in his quest for his first Trans-Am ...

Johnny Miller Hopes To Win His First Trans-Am Title With A Win At Season Finale In Houston

Houston, Texas - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is looking for a win in his quest for his first Trans-Am Drivers' Championship when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to the streets of Houston for its season finale during the Texaco/Havoline Houston Grand Prix weekend on October 5-6.

His teammate, two-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi, enters the weekend with a 27-point edge in the title hunt. Should Miller win the race and collect all possible bonus points, Gentilozzi needs only a 19th place finish to clinch his third title. Miller maintains a 13-point advantage over third place held by 2000 Trans-Am champion Brian Simo.

"We've got our work cut out for us," said Miller, who scored his first Trans-Am win at the 2000 season finale at San Diego. "We've really got two battles here - we want to do our best in hopes of winning the championship but we've still got to protect our second place over Simo.

"We absolutely need to win," revealed Miller, who has five top-three finishes this season. "I've played out 100 different scenarios. We need to be on the pole. With a good qualifying effort, I can deal with how the race will unfold. But if we don't qualify well, it'll be a long day.

"I'll think hard about who is behind me and about passing as well," continued Miller, who has 26 top-five finishes. "I need to go like heck and not hit anything...and not get hit. I'm confident we can and will do well.

"I'll take a bit of a different approach here," said Miller, the series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "You develop a rhythm, but you've got to really look through the walls. Given the street surface changes, you've got to have faith in yourself and your car. You've got know where to aim the car and believe it'll end up where you want to be.

"Tires won't be an issue because they're so good, but this circuit is tough on the driveline," said Miller, who ran sixth last year before losing an engine. "Plus the heat and humidity have taken a toll on drivers in past Houston races and could well play a role here again.

"When it's all said and done, I intend to do what I always try to do during any race - drive fast, drive smart, and win," concluded Miller. "Because to finish first, first you must finish."

-Rocket Motorsports/GRM-

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller