Kershaw, SC - Turn One Motorsports Racing & Adventure School has inked an associate sponsorship with Johnny Miller for the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, announced General Manager Joe Hooker and driver Johnny Miller. This relationship marks Turn One Motorsports first sponsorship of a race car driver in a professional series.
Turn One Motorsports joins associate sponsors Eaton Cutler-Hammer, AVG, Unishippers, Facts Engineering, and Quantum Automation on the No.64 AutomationDirect Jaguar XKR driven by Miller out of the Rocketsports Racing camp. AutomationDirect has been Miller's primary sponsor since 1996.
"I was familiar with Johnny's driving abilities and accomplishments. After a brief conversation, it was easy to respect him for his commitment and fascination with motorsports," explained Hooker. "He's a great guy, knowledgeable, and terrifically talented. He's also very good at communicating that knowledge and talent to others which is a perfect fit for Turn One.
"Many of us here have roots in the SCCA and compete in club racing," said Hooker. "Our association with the Series makes good sense since we race at some of the same tracks and several drivers transitioned to Trans-Am through club racing. The cars harbor amazing technology, but still typify big bore production cars. One of our goals here is to groom drivers for big bore class club racing.
"Our sponsorship will be invaluable for the business," continued Hooker. "Johnny has been instrumental in evaluating our programs and cars to ensure that we offer the most professional, informative, and safe programs. One sector of our target market is the road racing fan, perhaps an SCCA member. Johnny has a great rapport and following with that group. We believe his involvement will raise the level of credibility of our programs and increase sales within that market segment."
Miller stands second in points and has two top-three finishes in three starts. In 2001, he scored five podium finishes, seven top-five finishes, and finished in the top-ten in every race, completing every lap of the season. Miller has 28 career top-five finishes and was voted "Most Improved Driver" in 1998.
Turn One is a professional driving school featuring stock car road racing and offers individual and corporate programs and Track Day events. Headquartered at Carolina Motorsports Park, the school is located in Kershaw, SC.