JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 15, 2000) â€” Johnny Miller, 34, of Johnson City, TN, and Paul Handle, Commercial Planning Manager of Cutler-Hammer announced today they have reached a sponsorship agreement for the 2000 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am...
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 15, 2000) — Johnny Miller, 34, of Johnson City, TN, and Paul Handle, Commercial Planning Manager of Cutler-Hammer announced today they have reached a sponsorship agreement for the 2000 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series. Cutler-Hammer, an associate sponsor with the Miller Racing Trans-Am team in 1999, will return again as associate sponsor for the Automationdirect.com/Cutler-Hammer Corvette in 2000.
"We were very happy with the results of our association with Johnny Miller and the Trans-Am series in 1999, and are pleased to renew that relationship for another exciting season," commented Handle. "The Trans-Am series has proven to be an effective marketing tool for us. Plus, we think Johnny is the most exciting driver in the series, and we'll be cheering him on as he carries the Cutler-Hammer banner in his bid for the Trans-Am championship this year." Cutler-Hammer, a division of Eaton Corporation, is a leader in the development and manufacturing of power distribution equipment, electrical control products, and advanced industrial automation solutions.
"We are really pleased to have Cutler-Hammer back on board for the 2000 season," said Miller, who finished fifth in Trans-Am series points last year, highlighted by three runner-up positions. "They are showing a lot of faith in our program, and have really stepped up their contribution. We would like nothing better than to bring home a Championship to repay them for their support."
The Trans-Am series is contesting its 35th season this year, featuring stock-appearing performance sedans racing in one-hour sprints over a mix of natural terrain road courses and tight street circuits. The series will contest 12 rounds from March to November, in such markets as Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Charlotte, Detroit and Houston.
Miller was the 1996 Trans-Am rookie of the year, and the 1998 Most Improved Driver. Last season he was frequently among the front-runners, even grabbing the lead at the Trois-Rivieres race. This will be the fifth year of Trans-Am competition for Miller and his focus since August of last year has been on winning the 2000 season title. His primary sponsor, Cumming, GA-based Automationdirect.com, expanded its role in the industrial control segment last year and positioned itself as the first industrial control company to allow customers the convenience of shopping on the internet. They have also signed a two-year commitment to Miller. Cutler-Hammer has now rejoined that effort.