Mike Miller, owner and versatile racer, was proud to announce the formation of his new SCCA Trans Am Pro-Racing team, Miller Racing in 2012.
Mike Miller is no stranger to the racing world or the SCCA. He has raced various cars over the past 35 years. In 1982, after making his way through several different racing categories, he debuted in SCCA Super-Vee open-wheel racing with the guidance of legendary racer, Dan Gurney. From ’82-’86, Miller honed his driving and component-development skills with several teams. He finished third in Super-Vee behind Michael Andretti and Ed Pimm. Miller’s resume includes driving in Formula Atlantic, Cam Am, Trans Am, and even NASCAR Winston Cup. He currently serves as CEO of Orchid Orthopedic Solutions and owns Trick Titanium, a manufacturer of Titanium engine valves and other Ti components along with Titanium Bellhousings used in Top Fuel dragsters all over the world.
Most recently, Miller drove for Stealth Racing in the Grand Am Series with co-driver Pete Halsmer. In hopes of harnessing that same winning spirit, the two enjoyed in Trans Am in the late 1980’s driving for legendary owner Jack Roush, Miller and Halsmer will drive in the new Trans Am TA2 category backed by a list of impressive corporate partners. In one season, Halsmer finished second in the drivers’ championship while Miller was driving to rookie-of-the-year honors. The pair gave Roush another manufacturer’s championship. The duo hopes to bring their years of experience and Miller Racing’s professional equipment to another championship season. “I am excited to jump in and race once again with Pete as a teammate and test driver. I know Pete will push us to peak performance” said Mike Miller. Halsmer mirrors Miller’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport. 2012 brought exceptional results for Miller Racing consisting of five, first place wins and 15 podium finishes. By the conclusion of 2012, consistently solid performance put Miller Racing in a position to win the series. However, prior to Mid-Ohio, seasoned driver Pete Halsmer sustained a serious back injury requiring Miller Racing to pull a car from the race. As a result, a 2012 series overall 1st place overall was not possible.
Cameron Lawrence’s racing career started at the age of 7 when he began racing Quarter Midgets in the central Florida area. He worked his way up through 3 different classes while learning car control and fundamental driving skills. During those years Cameron won numerous races while simultaneously competing in 2 classes. At the age of 12, he won the state championship in the most competitive class in which we competed, Senior Honda.
His local track was closed the following year and Cameron decided to focus on baseball. It wasn’t until after he graduated from high school that Cameron took up racing again.
Cameron Lawrence recently just completed his second full season in GTA. After finishing 2nd in points while earning V8StockCar Rookie of the Year he worked on improving for 2012. In only his second season he became V8StockCar GTA Points Champion. Also during the 2012 season Cameron competed in 5 SCCA Trans-Am Series races. In those 5 race weekends he finished 2nd a total of three times and finished off the year with a win at Road Atlanta.
In 2013, Cameron Lawrence won eight of ten races and finishing second in the other two. Cameron’s point total of 210 was 106 point ahead of the second place finisher in the series. Cameron won eight pole position starts and led the most laps in six of the ten races. As a result, Cameron became the youngest Champion in the history of Trans Am.
For more information about Cameron Visit his Website: www.CameronLawrenceRacing.com
Tommy Kendall driver of the No. 11 Dodge Challenger SRT for Miller Racing in the Trans Am road racing series’ TA2 class with teammate Cameron Lawrence, driver of the No. 1 Dodge Challenger SRT and current TA2 points leader. He finished 19th in his first Trans Am start in a Dodge Challenger at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 16, 2014, also marking his first appearance in the series since 2004. Kendall raced to as high as fourth in the event before an issue in the rear end of his vehicle prematurely ended his race. Tommy won four Trans Am championships (1990, 1995-1997) in a career that spanned 92 Trans-Am series starts from 1987 through 2004, including a dominant stretch in the mid ‘90s that included three-straight championships. He recorded the third-most victories in Trans Am series history with 28 wins, in addition to ranking second in podium finishes with 58 results of third or better. He also won 11-consecutive Trans Am events (of 13 races) and tallied 11 pole positions en route to the 1997 series championship. Tommy captured five IMSA championships across three classes over four seasons, including GTU and Firehawk Endurance Championship class titles in the same season (1986), two additional GTU championships (1987-88) and a GTS crown (1993).
Tommy took first place in the 1995 Rolex 24 At Daytona co-driving with NASCAR’s Mark Martin and actor-turned-racer Paul Newman. He represented Trans Am and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in the International Race of Champions (IROC) over six seasons (1991, 1994-1998) and tallied two podium results and nine top-five finishes in 21 events in the all-star competition. Made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2000, 2013) with results of seventh and ninth in the GTS and GTE-Pro classes, respectively, including an appearance in a Dodge Viper in 2013. Kendall Competed in six American Le Mans Series events in a Viper for SRT Motorsports in 2012 and 2013 with a best result of fifth. Appeared in 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1987 through 1998 in road course events. Kendall scored a best result of eighth at New York’s Watkins Glen International in 1990 and led 24 laps in his NASCAR races. The California native also competed in one NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Participated in four GRAND-AM Sports Car Series events with a podium finish in 1998 (third, Watkins Glen International) and 2006 (third, Miller Motorsports Park). Worked as a television analyst and program host for SPEED TV and currently broadcasts for FOX Sports 1 and NBC Sports.
Mel Shaw is a true veteran to the racing industry holding widespread experiences in cars and series. In 1968, Mel began racing with A/Production. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to race in A-sedan, B/Production, GT1, Transam, the Kelly Girl Series, Firehawk, GrandAm, HSCRA, HSR, SVRA, and the Bilstein Cup. In the HSCRA series, Mel drove a Winston Cup Stockcar and won the B-Class Championship in 2002. After winning the championship, Mel took a seven year hiatus from full-time racing, doing a few rent-a-ride races in various series, and refocused his energy on his business, Bay Investments, LLC, which specializes in acquisitions/sales of commercial/residential foreclosures.
In 2010, Mel got back on the track and drove a BMW in a two-race weekend at the Pocono’s in the NASA series. This return to track lead to Mel racing in the TransAm series in 2011 and 2012, and subsequently joining the Miller Racing team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. 2014 finds Mel looking forward a prosperous year running the full TransAm season with the 2013 TransAm Series Champions, Miller Racing.