MONTEREY, Calif. (October 10, 2000) - When Johnny Miller takes the green flag at Laguna Seca Raceway for Round Ten of the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series race on Sunday, October 15, the final event of the GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships ...
MONTEREY, Calif. (October 10, 2000) - When Johnny Miller takes the green flag at Laguna Seca Raceway for Round Ten of the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series race on Sunday, October 15, the final event of the GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships Presented by Honda weekend, he could have a major influence on the Trans-Am title race. That, even though he comes into the race a distant 11th in season points!
"We're really the only team that's been able to run with them," says Miller of Paul Gentilozzi and Brian Simo, the two combatants for this year's Trans-Am title who go into the final three races separated by a mere four points. "We've led races, and had as many or more poles than Simo all year until he got the pole again last weekend in Houston," noted Miller, the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, and the 1998 Most Improved Driver. "I know I can run with them, which may influence how many points they get. Maybe, if those two get too caught up racing each other, I can slip away and run off with this race!"
Miller comes to the Laguna Seca weekend third in owners points, third in laps led, third in pole positions, and the only driver to have set a new track record at a track the current-era Trans-Am cars have raced on before in the same configuration (Sebring). He also comes sporting another of the wild graphics schemes for which he's famous, and with long-time major sponsor Automationdirect.com, the industrial control products online superstore. In addition, package delivery service giant UPS has come aboard as an associate sponsor, making a major contribution to the cause and seeing to it that Miller gets an 'on-time' delivery to the races. Joining those two are Hitachi and Cutler-Hammer.
"Along with our starship graphics, Tim Hohmann at Automationdirect.com has pulled together all these great companies to back us as a "Federation," comments Miller. "We've banded together, and hope our combined efforts will yield a result greater than the sum of the parts. It's going to be a tall order to give them all a return they can be happy with, but we're ready. I've put a lot of effort into assembling my crew, and we've got a team of people that I am very proud of as well. We had the legs on everyone last race, so we're ready to bravely go where no Trans-Am team has ever gone!"
The scheduled 45-lap, 100.71-mile sprint around the 2.238-mile, 11-Turn road course is slated to start at 3:45 pm (PDT) on Sunday, October 15. Tape delayed coverage on the Speedvision Network is set to begin at 8:00pm (EDT) on Monday, October 16, and again at 12:00am (EDT) on Tuesday, October 17th.