St. Pete: Johnny Miller preview

Johnny Miller ready to claim his first Trans-Am Series championship. Lansing, Mich. - Trans-Am standout Johnny Miller will mark the beginning of his eighth season in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup during the Grand Prix of St.

Johnny Miller ready to claim his first Trans-Am Series championship.

Lansing, Mich. - Trans-Am standout Johnny Miller will mark the beginning of his eighth season in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend on February 21-23. Miller, who previously raced on the old circuit here in 1997 finishing 11th, will once again take the wheel of the No. 64 Eaton Cutler- Hammer/AutomationDirect Jaguar XKR.

This will be Miller's third season racing the XKR with Rocketsports Racing. "Johnny is an outstanding driver and a good friend," said Rocketsports team owner Paul Gentilozzi, a three-time Trans-Am Series champion. "He's been a strong addition to our team."

When asked why Rocketsports, Miller said, "They are a top organization with a proven track record for winning races and championships. I always know that I will be presented with a well-prepared car that's capable of winning each and every time."

Miller, who will make his 91st career Trans-Am start in St. Petersburg, has not missed a race since 1996. After winning his first Trans-Am race at the 2000 San Diego Grand Prix, Miller has only finished out of the top ten only once in 24 races. In 2002, Miller scored three podium finishes and collected five top-five results.

Miller's race preparation has already begun during the off season. "Over this past winter, I have lost ten pounds working out everyday, preparing myself for the upcoming season," explained Miller, who also has restructured his diet to help in his physical training. "I'm always ready mentally, but the body has to last just as long as the car does on those long hot summer days.

"Since the 2002 Trans-Am season ended, I've been driving every type of car at any type of track I can find," said Miller, who has even found a way to drive during the cold winter months in Tennessee. "I found this indoor karting track near my house in Tennessee that I've been practicing at when I can't go to the tracks down south."

When all is said and done at the end of the 2003 Trans-Am season, there is nothing more Johnny Miller would like than to claim his first Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Drivers' Championship.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller