Miller Racing announces #10 Camaro, opening door for return of Miller
May 17, 2013
Miller Racing’s newest addition to Trans Am paddock makes way for the return of Trans Am veteran, team owner Mike Miller.
Mike Miller has assembled what he considers to be a top-flight team in Trans Am’s TA2 class and now, with the addition of the #10 Ctek/Motorstate/Northstar Battery Chevrolet Camaro, that team just improved even more.
While Miller has remained an active member of the team, overseeing nearly every facet of the team’s operations, the addition of 20-year-old Cameron Lawrence midway through the 2012 season meant that Mike had to step back from the driver’s seat, instead opting to watch and manage the team.
His decision paid off immediately. Lawrence and Pete Halsmer accumulated five race wins and thirteen podium appearances in 2012. Halsmer finished second in the TA2 class for the 2012 season, and Lawrence won the 2013 season opener at Sebring, his second TA2 win in a row.
So Miller remained on the sidelines, managing and watching. That is, until now.
The new car will run the duration of the 2013 season, with Miller already declared for this weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as well as next weekend’s race at Lime Rock Park. Miller made his first Trans Am appearance in 1986 as a member of Roush Racing and was an active member of the team until 1987. Last year Miller made three appearances in TA2 and, while one was cut short in an accident, he also placed on podium twice: a second place finish at Mid-Ohio and a third place finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Miller, however, remains humble about his role on the team.
“I’m no match for Cameron or Pete or, for that matter, many of the very talented drivers in TA2,” said Miller, “but I know my team will give me a good car, and I will do my best to keep up while we seek to find a more competitive driver to put in that car. I have such a high regard for the entire group of drivers in TA2 that I am very hesitant to set my expectations too high.”
Either way, it is hard to argue that the future of Miller Racing, the TA2 class and the Trans Am Series is anything but bright.