Johnny Miller looks to build on his success at the Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada -Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, looks to build on his...
Johnny Miller looks to build on his success at the Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada -Trans-Am Series standout Johnny Miller, driver of the No.64 AutomationDirect/Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, looks to build on his past success as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns following a two-year hiatus for the Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on August 2-4. Miller, who currently ranks fourth in the point standings, finished third here when the Series last toured the challenging Trois-Rivieres street circuit in 1999. It also marked the first time in Miller's Trans-Am career that he led a lap.
"This is a true street circuit that is extremely challenging," explained Miller, who has two podium finishes and a solid fourth in six starts this season. "It is incredibly demanding on the car because of the bumpy pavement and it's also tough on brakes. You traditionally run out of brakes here by the end of the race. It's also very three dimensional for a street course."
Although it's been awhile since the Trans-Am drivers raced here, Miller well remembers the precision required to navigate this circuit. "There's not a lot of room for error," said Miller, who has 29 Tran-Am career top-five finishes to his credit. "There's a part of the track where it's only a car width and a half wide so you must be in single file. Going through the Archway, it's narrow and a hard left onto the longest straightaway, so you'll never pass there under braking.
"You'll see a lot of contact here throughout the race," continued Miller, voted the Series' "Most Improved Driver" in 1998. "You're continually hard-on-the brakes and then hard-on-the gas. Combine that with the tight, bumpy surface and it makes for an action-packed afternoon.
"The other thing that really stands out in my mind is the race fans," said Miller. "They're very knowledgeable about road racing and so supportive of the drivers and crew. Even away from the track, fans stop and want to ask questions or get autographs. It's just great.
"The key to surviving 100 miles here will be your ability to save your brakes for the end and hope for a late race caution," concluded Miller, who will be making his fifth start at Trois-Rivieres. "You just don't want to be the reason for the caution flag."
The Trans-Am 100 airs live on SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 4th at 2:30 pm Eastern.