UCF alumnus Jon Miller competes at Daytona Speedway - FOX 35 News Orlando

UCF alumnus Jon Miller competes at Daytona Speedway

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

With cars reaching speeds upward of 150 miles per hour, fans had their eyes glued to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, a 2-and-a-half hour support race to the Rolex 24. 

"We've got Hondas, Mazdas, BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs every car on the road is in this series.  It's a lot of diversity," said driver Jon Miller. 

He gave us an up close look at the Honda Civic he races for the COMPASS 360 Racing Team.  Aside from the stickers on the outside, it looks like a Honda Civic.  But underneath the hood and inside the car, it's all race car.  

"Lighter racing battery, high capacity radiator.  We've got our fuel right here.  They can fill us up on 18 gallons in under 30 seconds," he said.

Miller is one of the two drivers of the No. 74 car.  His co-driver starts the race. 

"I finish the race.  So it's tough for me because I have to watch my co driver. I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for my to.  I have no control over what's going on.  Once I hop in my car a the pit stop, all that anxiety and tension goes away and I'm super focused on going fast," said Miller. 

Growing up in the Keys, Miller started in go-karts and raced a car for the first time at age 15.  When it came time for college, he admits he "strategically" chose the University of Central Florida.

"So I could go to 5 or 6 different tracks in a couple hours drive.  I didn't tell my parents, but that was a deciding factor."    

Miller says he raced full time all through school.  That move paid off.  He's been driving professionally for 8 years.  Two years ago he even got the opportunity to race in the Rolex 24.  "Its such a competitive field."

This year marked Miller's sixth sports car challenge.  He hopes to one day be driving full time in the Tudor series against the fastest of cars.

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