CHARLOTTE (January 12, 2001) -- The 2000 Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin were presented today to Al Levine (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Bob Judd (Road & Track), Mike Massaro ("Inside ...
CHARLOTTE (January 12, 2001) -- The 2000 Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin were presented today to Al Levine (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Bob Judd (Road & Track), Mike Massaro ("Inside NASCAR"), John Roberts and Clint Wiles (WBTV-TV, Charlotte), and Will Lester (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin). All the recipients were first-time winners of the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards.
Former NASCAR Winston Cup series champion Rusty Wallace recognized the award recipients during the 2001 Lowe's Motor Speedway NASCAR Media Tour.
In 1985, Miller Brewing Company and Charlotte Motor Speedway created the award in honor of Catlin, a former racing public relations director, to recognize outstanding print and broadcast motorsports journalism from throughout the year.
The entries are judged by members of the faculty at the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University. The contest includes five categories: Print Journalism, Daily; Print Journalism; Other; Broadcast Journalism National; Broadcast Journalism, Local; and Photojournalism.
Levine won for his October article titled "Grief Still in Tow."
Judd took top honors with a story headlined "Sarah Fisher, Indy's New Teen," published in the June edition of Road & Track.
Massaro's winning entry, titled 'The Quest for No. 8,' was broadcast in July on TNN's "Raceday."
Roberts and Wiles received the top local broadcast prize for their story about a handicapped driver, which was broadcast in October on WBTV-TV in Charlotte.
Lester received the photojournalism award for his photo of a Funny Car at an NHRA event.
Each of the five winners received an engraved plaque and a Rolex watch.