CONCORD, N.C. (March 28, 2000) â€” Johnny Miller, of Johnson City, Tenn. is hoping his familiarity with the 2.25-mile, 10-Turn infield road course at Lowe's Motor Speedway will give him a "home field advantage" as he brings his ...
CONCORD, N.C. (March 28, 2000) — Johnny Miller, of Johnson City, Tenn. is hoping his familiarity with the 2.25-mile, 10-Turn infield road course at Lowe's Motor Speedway will give him a "home field advantage" as he brings his Automationdirect.com/UPS Chevrolet Corvette to the Grand Prix of Charlotte BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race March 30 - April 1st.
"We like Lowes a lot," says Miller, the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year whose hometown is just a short, three-hour drive up the road. "We've run here a lot, and had a lot of success here in other classes and other types of racing. It really is like a home track for me, so we're coming here feeling like we've got the home field advantage."
That may be just the edge Miller needs to find his way to his first Trans-Am winner's circle. Miller scored his first career pole position just two weeks ago at the Trans-Am season opener at Sebring, Florida, setting a new track record in the process. He was also leading the race heading into the final lap. "We were looking pretty good there we thought," said Miller, "but to finish first, first you've got to finish. We got together with another car on the last-lap restart, and didn't quite finish that all-important final lap. Still, we know we were strong, and we expect to be just as strong here at Charlotte this weekend. It's a whole new weekend now, and what's behind us is behind us."
Sporting another of the wild graphics schemes for which he's famous, Miller returns with long-time major sponsor, Automationdirect.com, the industrial control products online superstore. In addition, delivery service industry giant UPS has signed up 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. In addition, Cutler-Hammer, Hitachi America, Ltd. and Hitachi Construction Equipment America have also signed on. "Along with our starship graphics, we consider all these great companies coming together to back us as our own "Federation," comments Miller. "We've all banded together, and hope our combined efforts will yield a result greater than the sum of the parts. These are tremendous corporations involved with us this year, and it's going to be a tall order to give them all a return they can be happy with. We're ready, though. I've put a lot of effort into assembling a team of people on my crew that I can be proud of as well. We're ready to bravely go where no Trans-Am team has ever gone!"
The 75-minute timed sprint around Lowe's Motor Speedway starts at 12:00 pm (ET) on Saturday, April 1. Television coverage will be live on the Speedvision Network, with the telecast set to begin at noon. Repeat telecasts will be on Monday, April 3 at 8:30 pm (ET), Tuesday, April 4 at 12:30 am (ET), and Friday, April 7 at 12:00 noon.