Chicago - October 5, 2004 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the 2001, 2002, and 2003 IHRA Top Fuel Champion and winningest professional driver in IHRA history, will return to the IHRA World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, on October 9 to...
Chicago - October 5, 2004 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the 2001, 2002, and 2003 IHRA Top Fuel Champion and winningest professional driver in IHRA history, will return to the IHRA World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, on October 9 to race in eliminations and clinch his fourth consecutive IHRA Top Fuel Championship.
The race was scheduled to take place the weekend of August 25-28, but due to rain, eliminations were postponed until October 9. Millican earned the number one Top Fuel qualifying position with an elapsed time of 4.656 seconds at 310.84 mph.
"Knowing that we have clinched our fourth straight championship with Werner Enterprises is an amazing feeling," said Millican. "The Lehman Racing team has worked so hard the past five years, so to have four championships in that amount of time is really just unbelievable to me. I can't say enough about this team. They are the best in the world."
Millican is currently 255 points ahead of second place driver, Bruce Litton, in the 2004 IHRA Top Fuel points standings, making it impossible for any driver to pass him in the points standings for the remainder of the season. In returning to Norwalk, Millican retains the points that he won there in qualifying.
Throughout his five year history in the IHRA, Millican has won 36 races, making him the winningest professional driver in any category in the league. Additionally, he has compiled an impressive round winning percentage of 88.2% (127 wins, 17 losses), and a final round winning percentage of 87.8% (36 wins, 5 losses).
In his first full season in the IHRA, Millican finished second in the Top Fuel points totals, just seven points out of first place. He was named IHRA Rookie of the Year that season, and has gone on to win the championship every year since, garnering numerous awards along the way, such as placement on the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association All-America Second Team in 2002 and Honorable Mention Team in 2003, and the IHRA Driver of the Year award in 2001.
Werner Enterprises has enjoyed a very successful and rewarding relationship with the team since its inception as the team's primary sponsor in 2001. In 2002 the team won 11 of the 12 races in which they competed, and in 2003 they advanced to every final round of the season, bringing in 10 event victories along the way.
In the first round of Saturday's eliminations, Millican will face number eight qualifier Doug Foley. The two met most recently in the final round at the IHRA President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md.