One Down Two to Go
May 30, 2019
One Down Two to Go
Columbia City, Ind.– Stevens-Miller Racing (SMR) and the TA2 teams of The Trans Am Presented by Pirelli are in the midst of three races in nine days. The first race at Lime Rock Park this past weekend is immediately followed by the double header at The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear this weekend.
“We’re off to a good start,” said Team Owner Joe Stevens. “We needed good finishes at Lime Rock and come home with our three cars all in one piece and we did just that… We had three races in three months now we have three in nine days. We’re one down with two to go with the lead in the championship. I’m thrilled. Now it’s off to Detroit for our annual double header with Indycar this weekend.”
Dillon Machavern in the Liqui Moly, Prefix-powered Ford Mustang finished second at Lime Rock and Marc Miller in the Prefix Dodge Challenger firmed his grip on the championship with a strong fourth. Stevens said, “We’ve got about 20 hours to turn the three cars around but with no major problems we’re in good shape. We’ll have five cars at Detroit with Alex Wright returning and new to our team Jordan Dick will be driving our fifth entry.”
Machavern said, “Lime Rock was a good race for our team. I pushed hard every lap and we couldn’t get it done. Second brings us good points and two more races this weekend gives us two more opportunities to add to our total. I’m looking forward to Detroit, it brings big crowds and big challenges.”
Miller added, “Fourth is not what I wanted to bring home from the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock but it was still a solid finish. Stevens-Miller Racing did a great job. We need to continue to get consistent finishes in the top five to take the championship. You can’t make any mistakes at Detroit — if you do it will ruin your weekend. I need to get my Stevens-Miller Racing, Prefix, Dodge Challenger back on the podium and build our lead in the championship.”
Brian Swank in the Berryman Products Chevrolet Camaro had a race to forget, Stevens said. “A tough weekend for Brian all around. Although short, Lime Rock is very difficult and unforgiving. Brian had trouble getting his SMR Camaro up to speed at times. This track is as bit unnerving. You come over a hill in the back section and when our get it right you actually wheelie over the crest. Brian had a spin and then a minor mechanical issue that ended his race. He’ll be back and ready to go for Detroit.”
“All of our guys did a great job at Lime Rock,” Stevens said. “We had a long tow home and a quick turn-around to be able to load into Detroit Wednesday. Like Dillon and Marc both said, Detroit is very important to our team and our sponsors. The crowds are huge and the fans love Trans Am’s open paddock where they can get up close to the cars and the team. It is also the home of Prefix so we’ll have a lot of guests rooting for Marc in his No. 40 Prefix Dodge honoring their 40th Anniversary.”
About Stevens-Miller Racing
Stevens-Miller Racing (SMR) over its history has one of the highest winning percentages in Trans Am’s TA2 category. SMR’s staff has earned 25+ podiums, two championships, multiple Hard Charger Awards, Rookie of the Year, and more. The team’s focus is achieving the driver’s desired goals. Whether that’d be just having fun, developing driver skill, or winning championships, SMR does it all and has the winning history to back it up.