SEBRING, Florida (March 15, 2000) â€” Johnny Miller, 34, of Johnson City, Tenn., is looking to complete some unfinished business as the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series kicks off the 2000 season at the SuperFlo 12 Hours of Sebring weekend, March...
SEBRING, Florida (March 15, 2000) — Johnny Miller, 34, of Johnson City, Tenn., is looking to complete some unfinished business as the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series kicks off the 2000 season at the SuperFlo 12 Hours of Sebring weekend, March 15-17.
Miller arrived here last fall for the Trans-Am season closer having recently purchased a new Corvette from series champion Paul Gentilozzi. In Miller's first outing in the car, he'd outqualified Gentilozzi. At Sebring, a problem in qualifying had put him 32nd on the grid. A phenomenal start saw him pass half the field on the first lap, then march all the way up to fourth just past the halfway point. He was the only driver able to match leader Gentilozzi's pace, but a mechanical failure robbed him of the chance to catch up with the race leader.
"We've strengthened every part on that car for this year," says Miller, "and we've assembled the greatest sponsorship alliances we've ever had. We're coming to Sebring to win the race and start our charge for the championship."
In addition to long-time major sponsor Automationdirect.com, the online industrial control products superstore, Miller has also signed on delivery service giant UPS. Two different divisions of Hitachi, Hitachi North America, Ltd., and Hitachi Construction Equipment America, are also signed up, as well as Cutler-Hammer, AVG, Host Engineering and Facts Engineering.
With striking new graphics and a rocketship theme, Miller's "alliance" of sponsors puts the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, and the 1998 Most Improved Driver, in the best position he has been yet to contest for the Trans-Am title.
Coverage of the season opening round from Sebring International Raceway is live on the Speedvision Network on Friday, March 17. The season preview show begins at 3:00 pm EST, with live race coverage immediately following, beginning at 3:30 pm. The green flag is scheduled to drop for the 27-lap, 99.9-mile race at 3:45. Rebroadcasts of the race will be on Speedvision on March 17 at 9:30 pm EST, and again March 18 at 1:30 am.