Trois-Rivieres: Johnny Miller race report

Johnny Miller, driver of the no. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, finished second after qualifying second in today's Trans-Am race...fifth podium finish this season...24TH fourth podium finish of his career. NOTE 1 -- TROIS-RIVIERES ...

Johnny Miller, driver of the no. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, finished second after qualifying second in today's Trans-Am race...fifth podium finish this season...24TH fourth podium finish of his career.

NOTE 1 -- TROIS-RIVIERES STATS...Miller has five previous starts here...In 2002, he qualified sixth, was running second near the end of the race when his engine expired and finished 12th...Best finish -- third in 1999 after qualifying fourth and leading Lap 37.

NOTE 2 -- BACKGROUND STATS...Remains second in the points standings...In 2003, has one win (Lime Rock) and four additional top-three finishes...Made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut at Infineon Raceway in June, finishing 24th on the lead lap...In 2002, finished fourth in the points standings with three top-three, three top-five and four top-ten finishes...In 2000, scored his first career Trans-Am win at San Diego...Voted "Most Improved Driver" for 1998...Won the "Rookie of the Year" title in 1996.

On his race today... "It was a good race today. We wanted to run a good pace. Claude (Bourbonnais) was right there behind us so I didn't want to make a mistake or do something foolish. So we had to pace ourselves.

"About the half way point, we picked up the pace a bit and ran what we wanted to run. We got a little frisky. The caution came out on lap 50 (of 65 laps). After that, the car was pretty tapped out and we'd pretty much run it into the ground. But turns out we still had more left. With about seven laps to go, both Scott and I ran laps near qualifying times so that's pretty good for the tires and brakes at that point in the race.

"Scott (Pruett) and I knew were each other were good from looking at the data. Overall, we were pretty even. We started about a tenth of a second apart and ended up about the same way. We conserved the car and the tires enough to make it to the end, and we did our job today."

-rsr-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Johnny Miller