FT. WORTH, Tex. (August 28, 2000) â€” Johnny Miller, of Johnson City, TN, has high hopes for his ...
FT. WORTH, Tex. (August 28, 2000) — Johnny Miller, of Johnson City, TN, has high hopes for his #64 Automationdirect.com / UPS / HITACHI / Cutler-Hammer Corvette as the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway on September 1-3 for the Grand Prix of Texas, Round Eight of the 2000 Trans-Am Championship. Not only is the Texas race on an infield "roval" but it will also be run in the heat of Texas.
"We've always run well on rovals," said Miller, 34, "and the last time we ran in really hot weather was at Road Atlanta last year. That worked out pretty well." Miller leaped from fourth to second on the final lap at that event. The last roval of last season, at Pikes Peak, Miller finished on the podium with current Trans-Am points leaders Paul Gentilozzi and Brian Simo, and the three of them lapped the rest of the field. "Tom Hoke, our engineer since Road Atlanta last year, likes rovals pretty well, too. Plus, nobody has run on the Texas track before, so everyone will be starting from the same place as far as set-up goes." In fact, except when mechanical problems have stopped him early, Miller, the 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year has never failed to post at least a top-ten finish on any roval in his five-year Trans-Am career.
Coming on the heels of Miller's second pole position of the year, two weeks ago at Road America where he led early only to have a shredded oil pump belt sideline him early, Miller is anxious to get back to the racetrack. Sporting another of the wild graphics schemes for which he's famous, Miller comes to the Lone Star State to 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 are Hitachi, and Cutler-Hammer.
"Along with our starship graphics, Tim Hohmann at Automationdirect.com has pulled together all these great companies to back us as a "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 had the legs on everyone last race, so we're ready to bravely go where no Trans-Am team has ever gone!"
The scheduled one hour, 15-minute sprint around the 2.83-mile circuit that winds through the infield, as well as using all four NASCAR banked corners, is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm (CDT) on Sunday, September 3. Television coverage will be live on the Speedvision Network, with the telecast set to begin at 3:30 pm (EDT). The encore telecast will begin at 12:00 pm (EDT) on Friday afternoon, September 8th.