CONCORD, NC (April 1, 2000) -- Johnny Miller, of Johnson drove his Automationdirect.com/UPS Corvette to a disappointing 34th place finish today at the Grand Prix of Charlotte BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. After a good start, which saw Miller up to fifth after starting sixth, the motor in Miller's car let go only seven laps into the event, leaving the Sebring polesitter sidelined early. Brian Simo won the race, scoring his second win of the season.
"It blew up extremely hard, " said Miller, 34, of Johnson City, Tenn. "This one really hurt. After all we've gone through this weekend, finally getting the car back to where it was capable of running up front, this really hurt. Especially since it was a new motor, and didn't give any warning. It wasn't running hot, I didn't' over rev it, it just went flat coming out of Turn Three in the infield, and blew up. It put a connecting rod through the oil pan."
"The good news is, the chassis is really strong, and we didn't do anything to hurt the car. We know the car is fast, and if we can get a little luck here, we know we can run up front. The only thing to do is move on to Long Beach and hope for better luck."
Miller had over hundred guests at the event, but they were disappointed early when Miller dropped from the 44-lap race. Combined with his 16th place finish at Sebring, after having led for nearly half the race, the Charlotte finish leaves Miller with only seven points as the series heads for Round Three at Long Beach, CA on April 16.