DETROIT, Mich. (June 12, 2000) - Johnny Miller, of Johnson City, Tenn. is ready to take it to the streets in his Automationdiret.com/UPS/Cutler-Hammer Corvette as the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series heads to the Johnson Controls 100, part of...
DETROIT, Mich. (June 12, 2000) - Johnny Miller, of Johnson City, Tenn. is ready to take it to the streets in his Automationdiret.com/UPS/Cutler-Hammer Corvette as the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series heads to the Johnson Controls 100, part of the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix on June 16 and 17. After all, street circuits have been a strong suit for Miller, the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year.
"We like street circuits, and we've always run pretty well at them," notes the 34-year old, who has qualified or raced in the top three at every street circuit on the Trans-Am trail in the past year and a half, with the exception of Detroit. "I don't know why we've never finished all that well here," said Miller, "though we've raced pretty well here. I expect to change that finishing record this year."
If he does, it will be in keeping with his usual street-circuit performances, which saw him leading at the end of the regularly scheduled race at Long Beach, this year's only street circuit run so far. Last year, Miller finished second at Long Beach, led at Trois-Rivieres before finishing third, finished second at Grand Rapids, ran second until running out of fuel within sight of the finish at Vancouver, and qualified and ran second at Houston until a mechanical failure sidelined him.
Sporting another of the wild graphics schemes for which he's famous, Miller returns to Detroit with long-time major sponsor, Automationdirect.com, the industrial control products online superstore. In addition, package delivery service giant UPS has come aboard as an associate sponsor, making a major contribution to the cause and seeing to it that Miller gets an 'on-time' delivery to the races. Joining those two is Cutler-Hammer, a division of Eaton Corporation and a leader in the development and manufacturing of power distribution equipment, electrical control products, and advanced industrial automation solutions.
"Along with our starship graphics, we consider all these great companies coming together to back us as our own "Federation," comments Miller. "We've banded together, and hope our combined efforts will yield a result greater than the sum of the parts. It's going to be a tall order to give them all a return they can be happy with, but we're ready. I've put a lot of effort into assembling my crew, and we've got team of people that I am very proud of as well. We're ready to bravely go where no Trans-Am team has ever gone!"
The scheduled 42-lap, 99.162-mile sprint around the 2.361-mile, 14-Turn Belle Isle circuit is scheduled to start at 4:30 pm (PDT) on Saturday, June 17. Television coverage will be tape-delayed, on the Speedvision Network, with the telecast set to begin at 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, June 26. The encore telecast will begin four hours later, at 12:00 am (EDT) on Tuesday, June 27.