Automationdirect.com and UPS team up with Johnny Miller

CUMMINGS, Georgia (March 10, 2000) - Automationdirect.com, the industrial control products online superstore, announced today that UPS is lending its transportation and logistical expertise to speed Johnny Miller's Corvette to the races on time...

CUMMINGS, Georgia (March 10, 2000) - Automationdirect.com, the industrial control products online superstore, announced today that UPS is lending its transportation and logistical expertise to speed Johnny Miller's Corvette to the races on time in the 2000 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series on behalf of Automationdirect.com's sponsorship.

The relationship between Automationdirect.com, Johnny Miller and UPS first came about tied to fast-paced transportation. Automationdirect.com markets the products used by businesses to control the machines that operate factories, commercial buildings, amusement parks, car washes and the like. Through UPS express services, Automationdirect.com offers thousands of brand-name industrial control products -- such as those by Cutler-Hammer, Hitachi, Honeywell and Hubbell Wiegmann -- for needed repair and retrofit delivered by 11:00 a.m. the next day anywhere in the U.S. if ordered by 4:00 p.m. This rapid response minimizes "down time" for critical equipment and production schedules of Automationdirect.com customers and establishes a benchmark for the industrial controls industry.

"We designed Automationdirect.com to move at the speed of e-business, something we have demonstrated by our association with Johnny Miller and the Trans-Am series that first began in 1996," said Automationdirect.com founder Tim Hohmann. "Our partnership with UPS allows seamless integration of online order entry, order fulfillment, tracking and logistics, including special packaging for our products." UPS is branding Miller's car and transport trailer to emphasize Automationdirect.com's speed to its customers.

Johnny Miller, 34, of Johnson City, Tennessee, was the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, and the 1998 Most Improved Driver. In the past two years, he has run consistently at the front finishing in the top five in season points.

For 2000, Miller has his sights set on that elusive first win followed by a run at the season championship.

The BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series is the longest continuously-running road racing series in North America, Drivers compete in tube-frame performance sedans like Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros, Ford Mustangs, Oldsmobile Auroras, and more exotic cars like the Jaguar XK-8 and the new Mangusta. The series will contest over a dozen rounds this year, criss-crossing the country and Canada as well as Aruba, racing at road courses and street circuits, including Sebring, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, Long Beach, Houston and Detroit. This will be the 35th season of Trans-Am competition.

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