Road America: Rocketsports race report

Rocketsports finishes 1-2 in Road America Trans-Am race. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- After starting on the front row, Rocketsports Racing drivers Scott Pruett and Johnny Miller finished what they started as they drove to 1-2 finish in Round 8 of the...

Rocketsports finishes 1-2 in Road America Trans-Am race.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- After starting on the front row, Rocketsports Racing drivers Scott Pruett and Johnny Miller finished what they started as they drove to 1-2 finish in Round 8 of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup at Road America. Pruett, driving the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, collected his sixth win in eight starts this season. Miller, behind the wheel of the No. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, finished second, claimed his sixth podium finish this year.

Pruett's Trans-Am victory at Road America was his second on the 4.048 mile, 14-turn course, with his first coming in 1988. Miller, meanwhile, scored his third consecutive podium finish here.

In addition, Pruett's win also delivered the 2003 Manufacturers' Championship to Jaguar. The manufacturer last held the title in 2001.

"I hate for the fans that the race had to end under yellow, but we know that's a part of racing," said Pruett, a two-time Trans-Am champion. "But they did the right thing because the track was a mess.

"Because we chose to run the hard tire compound on the left rear tire, I had to drive a lot harder than Johnny," explained Pruett, who leads in the championship points standings. "I had to work the car significantly harder.

"I had a great race going with Johnny; he was better in some places and I was faster in other spots. But it worked out for us in the end."

"We opted for the medium compound tires, so I was a little cautious with my tires at the start," said

Miller, who ranks second in the championship point standings behind his teammate. "All those cautions really hurt our racing strategy. Taking care of the left rear tire doesn't work if you run out of race.

"It's a shame we ended under caution," continued Miller. "I think we'd have had something left for Scott with a couple more green laps. We had both picked it up before that last caution. There was barely a car length between us.

"We just ran out of time today. But finishing second isn't a bad thing. We still in the hunt for the championship and we didn't want to take any unnecessary chances," concluded Miller.

Tomy Drissi, driving the No. 5 "Stuck on You, the Movie" Jaguar XKR retired early with electrical problems, finishing 17th. Paul Menard, piloting the No. 3 Johns Manville/Menards Jaguar XKR, finished 11th, after running as high as fourth, after being tagged by another competitor.

Round 9 of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will be at the Grand Prix of Denver, scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31st. The race will air on a tape-delayed basis on Monday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Tomy Drissi , Johnny Miller
Teams HART