Johnny Miller looks for Road America win

Elkhart Lake, WI - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, has moved back up into second place in the three-way battle for the Drivers' Championship, but looks to regain his lead as the Trans-Am Series for the...

Elkhart Lake, WI - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, has moved back up into second place in the three-way battle for the Drivers' Championship, but looks to regain his lead as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Road America on August 17-18 for the Johnson Controls 100. Miller took the points lead after the third race at Mosport and maintained it until the fifth race at Cleveland. A ninth place finish at Sears Point dropped him to third in the standings, but his strong fourth place at Portland put him back in second place, two points ahead of 2000 Trans-Am champion Brian Simo.

Miller's teammate, two-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi, maintains the lead with a 20-point advantage.

"He who has consistent podium finishes will win the championship this year," said Miller, who has four top-three finishes this season. "But Road America is a tough track to show your results. Bobble in one corner and it'll show up in your lap time.

"You really have to attack each corner each time," explained Miller who started on the pole here last year, but finished 33rd due to a failed oil pump. "The perfect lap is very hard to achieve here.

"Most high speed tracks aren't hard on brakes but this one is," said Miller, who scored his first Trans-Am win at the 2000 season finale at San Diego. "This circuit will showcase a good car, good chassis, and a good engineering package.

"You also need a stout motor and good aero," continued Miller, who has 25 top-five finishes to his credit. "Then you need the driver to focus 150%.

"I'm very comfortable at Road America," said Miller who was voted the series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "Given that and that there's only four races remaining, I'll likely be more aggressive here and try to get all I can out of the car and myself.

"Paul and I are both running for the championship, but one of our team goals is to have both drivers on the podium at each race. I fully intend to be fast and win."

-RM/TDM

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