Cleveland: Johnny Miller preview

Trans-Am standout Johnny Miller looks for first win of the season in Cleveland. Cleveland, Ohio - Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to improve his position in the...

Trans-Am standout Johnny Miller looks for first win of the season in Cleveland.

Cleveland, Ohio - Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to improve his position in the points standings with a strong showing in Cleveland as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Burke Lakefront Airport for the Trans-Am on the Tarmac presented by Microchip during the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland weekend on July 12-13. Miller currently ranks third in the point standings, just four points out of second place behind his teammate, three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi.

"You've got to be smart and patient once you reach this level," explained Miller, who has two podium finishes and a solid fourth in four starts this season. "Now the pressure is on me to maintain that consistency behind the wheel and the momentum that will move us up in the point standings."

Miller is ready for the challenges presented by the unusual airport circuit. "This is definitely one of the most challenging tracks we race at," revealed Miller, who rallied to finish third here last year after pitting while running second to change to slick tires and rejoined the field in 11th place. "Because it has no real landmarks, you drive it from a totally different perspective."

Miller doesn't anticipate making any mistakes on the demanding circuit and hopes the other competitors won't either. "It's a very different feeling because it's so flat and it's very noisy because of the grooved pavement," said Miller, who delivered pizzas during his college summer breaks in nearby Sandusky. "You've got no sensation of the possibility of hitting anything. So because it doesn't feel scary, a lot of drivers think they're heroes...especially at the start of the race entering Turn 1.

"This circuit is strange in that it has a lot of crown to it," concluded Miller, who has 28 top-five finishes to his credit. "There are also track surface changes on the course which require specific attention as you set-up the chassis for optimum performance. This track really demands the utmost from both the car and driver if you plan to be on the podium at the end of the day."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller