ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 15, 2000) â€” Johnny Miller, 34, hopes to get started on the right foot when the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series begins the second half of its 2000 championship season at the Motorola 220 Weekend at Road America, ...
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 15, 2000) — Johnny Miller, 34, hopes to get started on the right foot when the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series begins the second half of its 2000 championship season at the Motorola 220 Weekend at Road America, August 18-19. It's been the most competitive season yet for 1996 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year Miller and his #64 Automationdirect.com / UPS / Hitachi / Cutler-Hammer Corvette. Yet despite a track-record pole position at Sebring, and being third in lap led this season, Miller hasn't been able to put a win in the record books yet.
"We like Road America a lot," says Miller, who scored his first career top-five finish at the circuit in 1997, then went on to be voted the 1998 Most Improved Driver by his Trans-Am peers. "It's a fast, wide-open and three dimensional racetrack. You really have to run the car hard to do well here, and we enjoy doing that."
Sporting another of the wild graphics schemes for which he's famous, Miller returns to Road America 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. Cutler-Hammer is 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, 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've really done a lot of preparation in the long break since the last race, so we're ready to bravely go where no Trans-Am team has ever gone!"
The scheduled 25-lap, 101.2-mile sprint around the 4.048-mile, 14-Turn Road America circuit that winds through the scenic Kettle Moraine is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm (CDT) on Saturday, August 19. Television coverage will be tape-delayed on the Speedvision Network, with the telecast set to begin at 9:00 pm (EDT) on Saturday, August 26. The encore telecast will begin at 12:00 pm (EDT) on Friday afternoon, September 1st.