Mid-Ohio: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller looks to close gap in the points lead with a strong outing at Mid-Ohio. Lexington, Ohio - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is currently ranked second in the Drivers' Championship...

Johnny Miller looks to close gap in the points lead with a strong outing at Mid-Ohio.

Lexington, Ohio - Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is currently ranked second in the Drivers' Championship points battle, but hopes to close in on the lead as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 28-29 during the American LeMans Series weekend. Miller moved into second place following his second place finish at Mosport and retained the position with his strong sixth place showing at Lime Rock.

Miller's teammate, three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi, is just one point behind him in third place.

"I think it will take consistent podium finishes to win the championship this year," said Miller, who has two top-three finishes in three starts this season. "That's what we strive for each weekend and so far, we've been pretty much on the mark.

Miller expects to continue that podium pattern at Mid-Ohio. "This is an extremely demanding circuit, wet or dry," said Miller, who has 28 career top-five finishes. "It's definitely one of the most challenging tracks we race at. But the Rocketsports chassis and drivers typically do well here.

"Qualifying is as important here as it is on a street course," said Miller, who was voted the series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "There are definite places to pass, but you've got to force the issue and make it happen. The cars seem so equal here."

Miller not only looks forward to mastering the track here, but also to interfacing with the fans. "Mid-Ohio has a phenomenal road racing heritage," explained Miller. "The Mid-Ohio fans are so knowledgeable and encouraging. They're as much a part of the weekend as the track is."

Miller feels up to the task at hand. "Paul and I are both running for the championship, but one of our team goals has always been to have our drivers on the podium at each race," concluded Miller. "Paul has dominated that center spot here at Mid-Ohio, but I fully intend to claim it as mine this time."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller