Johnny Miller to make 100th Trans-Am start in Motorock Miami 100 MIAMI - Johnny Miller will achieve another professional milestone as he continues his quest for his first Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship during...
Johnny Miller to make 100th Trans-Am start in Motorock Miami 100
MIAMI - Johnny Miller will achieve another professional milestone as he continues his quest for his first Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship during the Motorock Miami 100 - Battle by the Beach during the Grand Prix Americas weekend on Sept. 26-28. While making his 100th career Trans-Am start, Miller, who drives the No. 64 Jaguar XKR, will also have to contend with teammate Scott Pruett, who can clinch the championship in Miami.
Miller, who sits second in points, earned his second Tour victory this year at Lime Rock, after winning the pole. This year, Miller has seven podium finishes in nine starts, including at the last two races at Road America and Denver. This weekend in Miami, Miller has his sights set on the top spot on the podium.
"I need to go really fast, don't I?" quipped Miller, who during his Trans-Am Tour career has recorded two victories, 26 podium finishes, 39 top fives, 66 top tens, and four poles in 99 starts. "Seriously, I need to race hard and smart, but that's always been our approach. I need to go for the win to keep my title hunt alive.
"Scott is a tough competitor," continued Miller. "Typically with Scott, he's on the podium or he finishes way back because of a problem. Anything can happen, especially on a street circuit. We need to be ready; we need to win, not by force but by competition.
"I'm looking forward racing here again, explained Miller, who finished eighth last year, despite losing power steering, pitting to replace a water pump belt, and being caught up in a late race melee. "This is a neat event in a great city with enthusiastic fans. The added Motorock involvement with the great concert line up and Club Motorock will make it a big happening."
Miller also likes the challenge offered by the Miami circuit. "They took out the part that had no grip, but the rest of the track is pretty neat. Street circuits often encompass several pavement changes -- asphalt, concrete, sealed asphalt, and colored concrete -- which provided yet another challenge. But we're up to the task."
The Motorock Miami 100 is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. The race will air on tape-delayed basis on Friday, Oct. 10 the on SPEED Channel at 9 p.m.