CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2004) - The five journalists honored Wednesday night during the 19th annual presentation of the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin included a writer for the prestigious The Washington Post and a freelance motorsports photographer from Honolulu who captured his winning image at Hawaii Motor Speedway.

Motorsport.com note: Earl Ma from Honolulu, Hawaii displays his freelance photos on http://www.motorsport.com/photos. We at Motorsport.com are very pleased with Ma's outstanding achievement.

Hawaii sprinter Brandon Ternora escapes.
Photo by Earl Ma.

The Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding motorsports coverage in five categories while honoring the memory of Russ Catlin, a motorsports journalism pioneer. A record number of entries in three of the five categories were submitted to the Indiana University School of Journalism where faculty members selected the winners.

Each of the winners received a plaque and a Rolex watch from Miller Lite NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Rusty Wallace following a dinner at the Rusty Wallace Inc. facility in Mooresville, N.C. The event was part of the UAW-GM Motorsports Media Tour's annual visit with Penske Racing South drivers and team officials.

The 2003 Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin winners:
Print - Daily
Liz Clarke - The Washington Post
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Entry: "The Old Coach Builds on His Track Record"
Judges' Comments: Great story idea; the reporter grabbed the reader's attention with an eye for detail and flair for writing; good job of weaving together Joe Gibbs' two lives in football and racing.

Print - Other
Godwin Kelly - Racing Milestones
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Entry: "One Track Mind"
Judges' Comments: Most creative story in this category; excellent lead that draws readers in immediately; writer has a gift for the English language; effective anecdotes and story structure combined to create a strong character in Ryan Newman.

Broadcast - National
Rob Nelson - SPEED Channel
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Entry: "Heroes of Indy"
Judges' Comments: Several excellent interviews included; historical footage was appropriate and excellent; visuals told the story with audio as supplement; well edited with good continuity.

Broadcast - Local
Chuck Howard - WCNC-TV
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Entry: "Lyndon Amick - Racing for America:
Judges' Comments: Good natural sound; nice visual sequences; good writing throughout, and an interesting idea for a story; sound bites are very solid.

Photojournalism Earl Ma - National Speed Sport News (entrant)
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Entry: "Hot Seat"
Judges' Comments: Dramatic night-time scene of a fiery sprint car with the driver escaping; a classic, decisive moment; the photographer does a nice job of handling a difficult lighting situation, yet used available light in making the surreal photo.

"When the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence started, a majority of the entries came strictly from motorsports journalists in the Southeast," noted Scott Bussen, marketing communications manager for Miller Brewing Co. "The fact that this year's winners include a staff writer for The Washington Post and a photojournalist from Hawaii clearly shows how media coverage of motorsports has changed through the years.

"Miller Brewing Co. is proud to continue its support of these awards that not only recognize the achievements of today's journalists, but honor the memory and accomplishments of Russ Catlin."

Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards Of Excellence in Honor of Russ Catlin

1985
Print: Clyde Bolton, Birmingham News
Electronic: Ken Squier, CBS Sports

1986
Print: Sandy McKee, Baltimore Sun
Electronic: Mark Allen, Sunbelt Video

1987
Print: Bruce Martin, Gaston Gazette
Electronic: Bob Hice, WBTV - TV

1988
Print: Ed Hinton, The Atlanta Journal
Electronic: Randy Pemberton, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1989
Print: Tom Higgins, The Charlotte Observer
Electronic: Mark Allen, Sunbelt Video

1990
Print: Deb Williams, Winston Cup Scene
Electronic: Steve Porter, On Pit Road Teleproductions

1991
Print: Deb Williams, Winston Cup Scene
Electronic: Bill Weber, Sunbelt Video

1992
Print: Joe Siano, The New York Times
Electronic: Randy Pemberton, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1993
Print: Cary D'Amato, The Milwaukee Journal
Electronic: Ralph Sheheen, Int'l Communications Group

1994
Print: Rob Sneddon, Stock Car Racing Magazine
Electronic: Scott Dowless, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1995
Print: Bones Bourcier, Stock Car Racing Magazine
Electronic: Randy Pemberton, Inside Winston Cup Racing

1996
Print - Daily: Liz Clarke, Dallas Morning News
Print - Other: Bones Bourcier, Stock Car Racing Magazine
Broadcast - National: Pamela Branner, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Sean Pragano, WCYB - TV

1997
Print - Daily: Lon Wagner, Virginian-Pilot
Print - Other: Bob Zeller, Car and Driver Magazine
Broadcast - National: Julie Smith, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Charlie Sherman, WMUR - TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

1998
Print - Daily: Bill Koenig, Indianapolis Star
Print - Other: Bob Zeller, Car and Driver Magazine
Broadcast - National: Kathryn Nixon, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

1999
Print - Daily: Juliet Macur, Orlando Sentinel
Print - Other: Bruce Martin, Circle Track/Stock Car Magazine
Broadcast - National: Donald Schick, RPM 2Night
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Jim Fluharty, NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated

2000
Print - Daily: Al Levine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Print - Other: Bob Judd, Road and Track Magazine
Broadcast - National: Mike Massaro, Inside NASCAR/TNN
Broadcast - Local: John Roberts & Clint Wiles, WBTV - TV
Photojournalism: Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

2001
Print - Daily: Godwin Kelly, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Print - Other: Mike Hembree, The Sporting News
Broadcast - National: Ryan McGee, Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Joe Dodd, Game Day Productions
Photojournalism: Bill Anderson, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

2002
Print - Daily: Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Print - Other: Mark Ashenfelter, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene
Broadcast - National: Chrissy Pellegrino, Totally NASCAR
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Phil Cavali, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene

2003
Print - Daily: Liz Clarke, The Washington Post
Print - Other: Godwin Kelly, Racing Milestones
Broadcast - National: Rob Nelson, SPEED Channel
Broadcast - Local: Chuck Howard, WCNC - TV
Photojournalism: Earl Ma, National Speed Sport News

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