MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 7, 2001) - Miller Genuine Draft, a major part of Miller Brewing Company's auto racing heritage, returns to the track this year as part of the brewery's sponsorship plans for Team Rahal's 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series ...
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 7, 2001) - Miller Genuine Draft, a major part of Miller Brewing Company's auto racing heritage, returns to the track this year as part of the brewery's sponsorship plans for Team Rahal's 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series program.
Team Rahal driver Max Papis will have the popular MGD brand featured on his No. 7 Ford Lola at four international races during the 2001 CART season. A Miller Genuine Draft-sponsored car, featuring a black, red, gold and white design, will be driven by Papis at traditional events in Motegi, Japan (May 19) and Surfers Paradise, Australia (Oct. 28). The MGD champ car will also appear at two new events in Lausitz, Germany (Sept. 15) and Corby, England (Sept. 22).
Papis' champ car will continue to campaign Miller Lite colors in the other 17 North American events on the 2001 CART schedule, including 14 in the United States, two in Canada and one in Mexico.
MDG car Photo: Team Rahal/Miller Racing.
The new MGD race car will feature a familiar black paint scheme that made the Miller Genuine Draft racing cars of the early 1990s extremely popular with fans and won several awards for paint design. Miller Genuine Draft-backed cars won the 1992 CART championship with driver Bobby Rahal, as well as 25 stock car events with driver Rusty Wallace. A MGD-sponsored dragtser, driven by Larry Dixon, also won the prestigious U.S. Nationals drag racing title in 1995.
MGD . Photo: Team Rahal/Miller Racing
Papis, a 31-year-old Italian who currently resides in Miami Beach, is entering his third year driving for Team Rahal and Miller Brewing Company. Last year, Papis registered the first win of his CART career in the 2000 season-opener in Homestead, FL.
The Miller Genuine Draft car will debut at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi circuit, May 19, the next international race on the 2001 CART champ car schedule.
Miller is a wholly owned subsidiary of Philip Morris Companies Inc., the world's largest consumer packaged-goods company. Led by cold filtered Miller Genuine Draft, Miller products are available in more than 100 countries.