Denver: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller looks for another podium finish in the Trans-Am race in Denver. Denver, CO - Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to back up his strong performance at...

Johnny Miller looks for another podium finish in the Trans-Am race in Denver.

Denver, CO - Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, intends to back up his strong performance at Road America with yet another podium finish as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Denver during the Shell Grand Prix of Denver weekend on August 30th - September 1st. Miller, who finished third in the Johnson Controls 100 at Road America, will make his first Trans-Am start in Denver, although the Series has previously visited Denver in 1990 and 1991.

"Based on the track map, this looks like a pretty challenging circuit," said Miller, voted the Series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "You've got a long straightaway going into a high speed turn zone (Turn 5) leading onto another fairly long straightaway. That looks like it'll be a double apex corner. The Turn 5 hairpin will be a very important `make or break' corner because it sets you up for the next straightaway.

"You'll use a ton of brake here," continued Miller, who has three top-three and four top-five finishes in eight starts this season. "That actually translates to a bit of an advantage for the Rocketsports cars because we have a very good brake package.

"It will take a complete package to be really good here because of the stiff competition, but I think the real key will be the ability to hook up the back of the car and put the power down," said Miller, who has 30 Tran-Am career top-five finishes to his credit.

"In a lot of ways, this course reminds me of Long Beach which is just fine with me since we have historically performed well in Long Beach," noted Miller, who collected four podium finishes at Long Beach in the last five years.

Miller, who ranks fourth in the point standings, would like to close the gap in the points. "We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain at this point," he said. "We're going to run as hard as we can and build on the momentum we've established at the last couple of races."

The Denver Trans-Am race will air on a one-week tape delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, September 8th with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern.

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Series Trans-Am
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