Butch Miller - SS Racing Have Strong Showing in First-Ever Trans-Am Race Toronto, Canada - (July 11, 2005) Butch Miller of SS Racing qualified 12th and finished 9th piloting the ...
Butch Miller - SS Racing Have Strong Showing in First-Ever Trans-Am Race
Toronto, Canada - (July 11, 2005) Butch Miller of SS Racing qualified 12th and finished 9th piloting the #52 ASI Limited GTA Chevy Monte Carlo in Saturdays Trans-Am race on the street course of Toronto, Canada. It was the first time SS Racing has entered a road race and the first time Miller has raced a street style course. The last time Miller was on a road course was back in 1999. The six-year absence from road racing didn't slow down Miller who beat out all but one of the faster GT-1 class cars along with three of the series premier Trans-Am cars.
"I was pleased with our performance since we had such limited time to prepare and it was the first time I've raced on a street style road course," Miller said. The SS Racing team worked with less than 10 days to convert their #52 ASI Limited car to the specifications needed for the Trans-Am Series. The race car had previously been raced in 2004's ASA Series on circle tracks. "Our team worked around the clock to get this car ready and we had no idea how good or bad we would be since we didn't have time for testing," said Ken Smith, Owner of SS Racing. "The outcome was very solid and we now have a good foundation in place to build for future road races with Trans-Am."
Ken Smith and Butch Miller made the final decision to go forward with the race after attending the Cleveland Grand Prix just two-weeks prior to the Toronto race. It marked the first entry by a former ASA car into the Trans-Am series. The series made the cars eligible into their GTA class back in June of this year.
The former ASA cars may have a newfound home in the Trans-Am Series now that 3-time ASA Champion Butch Miller proved the cars could be competitive in the series. "We were pleased to see Butch Miller and SS Racing take advantage of the Trans-Am Series' new GTA rules this weekend in Toronto," said John Clagett, Trans-Am Series Executive Director. "Butch's ninth-place overall finish also illustrated this new package's competitiveness."
SS Racing has tentative plans to enter a few more races on the Trans-Am schedule later this year. A specific driver has not been announced but SS Racing has confirmed they would like to have a two or three car team assembled for their next event.