Road Atlanta: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller looks for another podium finish when the Trans-Am Series returns to Road Atlanta. Braselton, GA - Trans-Am Series hot shoe Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is no stranger to ...

Johnny Miller looks for another podium finish when the Trans-Am Series returns to Road Atlanta.

Braselton, GA - Trans-Am Series hot shoe Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, is no stranger to the podium at Road Atlanta and intends make his way there once again when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to the famed circuit following a two-season hiatus during the Petit LeMans weekend on October 9-11. Miller, who also has collected three top-three podium finishes this season, last toured Road Atlanta in 1999 when he finished second in only his second start here.

Road Atlanta was the site of Miller's second career Trans-Am start back in 1995 during Hurricane Jerry when he qualified 21st and worked his way forward to score 13th place points.

"This is a very high speed, three dimensional track," said Miller, voted the Series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "It is extremely technical, and you have to have faith in knowing the track direction even when you can't see what's coming up next. It can be quite intimidating to even a road racing veteran.

"I personally think the most challenging aspect of the circuit is Turn 12 leading onto the front straightaway," observed Miller, who has 30 Trans-Am career top-five finishes. "It's very fast and has a wide concrete patch. I know it well because that's where I passed Mike Lewis for position for the second place podium finish."

Miller, who ranks fourth in the point standings with two races remaining, would also like to solidify his position in the points standings. He's currently 17 points behind Butch Leitzinger in third place and maintains a 10-point advantage over Stu Hayner who holds the fifth spot.

"We've got everything to gain," said Miller, whose primary sponsor, AutomationDirect, is located in nearby Cumming, Georgia. "We're going to run as hard as we can and give it everything we've got, just like we always do. It's not over until the last lap of the last race."

The Road Atlanta Trans-Am race will air on a tape-delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on October 18th with coverage beginning at 8:00 PM.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Johnny Miller , Stu Hayner