Road to the Championship

Columbia City, Ind. – November 20, 2020

The Trans Am presented by Pirelli’s TA2 championship reaches its conclusion this weekend at Road Atlanta. Stevens-Miller Racing (SMR) with its driver, Mike Skeen, has led the championship from the start and is ready to see it to its end.

SMR’s Owner Joe Stevens said, “The road to the championship has been quite the journey for Mike Skeen and our Liqui Moly, Turn 14 Distribution, Katech, Ford Mustang. Besides dealing with COVID and a reshuffle of the schedule, we’ve had an incredible amount of crash damage including building a new car after the Road America debacle.

“The 30-car entry includes all the players, and we are hoping to have a clean race and come away as champions. COTA was brutal with heavy damage sustained on lap one, but we did what we wanted to do, and that was to survive. For Road Atlanta, the pressure only builds. It’s all to play for in this weekend’s doubleheader and the competition knows it. Our approach will remain the same: to race clean and to be the best we can be.”

Driver Skeen said, “It’s been a long season in Trans Am, but it just got shorter with the cancellation of the doubleheader at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. The cancellation really puts the pressure on us to execute this weekend as we need to wrap up the TA2 Championship for Liqui Moly and Turn 14 Distribution. The Stevens-Miller Racing crew has given me an excellent car all year – and I’m sure this weekend will be no different. We’ve only finished off the podium once this season. Consistency, preparation, and engineering have given us the 47 points to lead the championship. Joe’s guys never let up and I know my car is 100 percent every time the green flag drops.“Road Atlanta is the first place I raced in Trans Am back in 2009 and also one of my favorites. I started last in TA and finished second. It’s also the first place I raced TA2 – a race I won in my only TA2 appearance prior to this season. The track is very high speed with little room for error, so we need to keep it clean to get the best result. There are 30 cars entered, with a few newcomers I expect will run inside the top five, so it won’t be easy.”

The SMR team has the opportunity to take home all three of the TA2 National Tour championships. Alex Wright in the SMR Berryman Products Mustang has already taken the Northern Cup, while driver JP Southern Jr. in his ProcureIT Network, PittRace, SaaS Oversight, Camaro just needs a few points to win the Southern Cup. With a good weekend, it could be a clean sweep for the northern Indiana team, as well as going back to back as TA2 drivers and team champions.

Southern said, “Going into this weekend we’ve got a bit of ground to make up if we want any chance at winning the Southern Cup Championship. It’s my last opportunity to show everyone what I’m capable so there are a couple of extra levels of stress heading into this weekend. Special thanks to Saas Oversight, ProcureIt Network, PittRace, Moco Express, and Cortez Deep Sea for all of the work and time they’ve invested in our program this season. I would not be here without them.”

Stevens said, “It’s been a long road since we kicked off the year by winning Sebring back in February. We’ve had some really close races and some dramatic finishes. Road Atlanta is one of Mike Skeen’s home tracks and one where JP has battled for wins in other series. I like our chances and I have a gut feeling that we’re not done winning in 2020.”

The Stevens-Miller team is a top-shelf organization and the reason for that is that we all show up ready to go no matter if it’s a preseason test day or the last race of the season. As I said before consistency wins championships and that means we are always prepared to the highest level.” 

“Berryman began our partnership with SMR in 2018, and since then we have been overly impressed by the professionalism, the attention to detail, and the drive to win that the team shows. Joe, Courtney, the crew, and the drivers all work hard to make each race weekend a success and we have seen the results. Our partnership expanded in the 2019 season and has continued to be our best marketing and advertising avenues. SMR not only manages all of the cars during the race but also have played host to our customers, making time to chat, answer questions, and sign merchandise for fans. SMR’s ability to adapt on the fly, interact with fans, and host our customers all while putting out podium finishing race cars has cemented our trust in their product. We are excited for our partnership, and can’t wait to see what the future holds” 

SMR checks all the boxes for those looking for a way to try out pro racing. They offer reliable, competitive equipment and provide both seasoned racers and those completely new to the sport with amazing support due to their great staff. Professional coaching with data, great car prep and constant car development are signs of pro teams – and SMR is doing all that in a great cost effective TA2 platform that provides GT car performance on a spec racer budget. SMR is easily the #1 choice for TA2 racing.” 

“I just wanted to officially thank you and all the wonderful people at Stevens-Miller Racing for the wonderful time I had this weekend with your team, and the entirety of the Trans Am Garage. It was a wonderful experience that very few teams would dream of providing. Though it probably may not seem like much- talking to Joe and the rest of the team was a great time and left a big impact on my time at Road America this year. For the last 6 years I’ve been going to different race tracks across the Midwest with my Aunt and Uncle, anything from dirt tracks to road courses, and this is by far the nicest team and crew I’ve ever met. From your team’s kindness and the kindness of so many others in the Trans Am Garage it solidified the belief I already had, that the Trans Am Series is one of- if not the most inclusive fan friendly Motorsport in the world. Thanks again for everything, I hope you have a wonderful rest of your season and I can’t wait to watch again next year.”

“The level of support Stevens-Miller Racing provided before, during, and after the 2019 Watkins Glen International Event exceeded all my expectations. The attention to ergonomic details and fitment, pre/post -session briefings and debriefings, data and video coaching combined with outstanding, top notch car preparation made my first time in a TA2 car a very rewarding (and humbling) experience. I truly felt the team’s entire resources were available to both the rookie driver as well as the seasoned championship contenders. There is little question why SMR is a championship winning team and I would highly recommend this organization to both the club racer whose ready to find out if Trans Am is right for them as well as the established pro driver who is looking for the highest level of support a team can offer.” 

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