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Pontiac-ACDelco Announce Alliance with Miller Racing Group

17 August 1997

CONCORD, NC - Leonard W. Miller, former IndyCar team owner and an 
African-American Hall of Fame inductee, has announced the formation of 
Pontiac's latest racing effort--Miller Racing Group, Inc., of Concord, N.C.

The team, sponsored by ACDelco, will compete in five select NASCAR Slim Jim 
races in 1997 in preparation for a full schedule in the series in 1998.  
Destined for NASCAR's Busch series in 1999, and with their sights set on 
Winston Cup in 2002, the team has a strategic game plan in place that 
guarantees success.

A.J. Alsup, son of 1980's Penske IndyCar driver Bill Alsup, has been selected 
to pilot the ACDelco Pontiac Grand Prix in 1997. Alsup is a former rodeo 
rider, a graduate of the Jim Russell driving school in Quebec, and a 
competitive motocross and off-road racer. To secure the Miller ride, he 
refined his talent while competing in NASCAR's Winston Racing Series Late 
Model Stock division in Southern Virginia.

Alsup's previous NASCAR experience includes Slim Jim events at Heartland Park 
in Topeka, Kan., and Southwest Tour events at Phoenix International Raceway. 
Miller Racing Group is enthusiastic about A.J.'s diverse experience as they 
develop the team for future Busch Series competition.

Team Manager Leonard T. Miller (Lenny), a commercial airline pilot, has 
teamed up with his father to handle racing operations and sponsorship 
procurement. "Ever since I can remember, I've been traveling with my father 
to the races," said Miller. "Once racing gets in your blood, it's hard to

Miller was named co-owner and team manager in 1994. With the long term growth
of the race team as an objective, he wasted no time in moving the racing 
operation to Concord, N.C. 

"If you want to attract experienced talent, you have to be where the action 
is," explained Miller. 

Miller Racing Group's long term alliance with R&W Enterprises, an engine
development and components manufacturer with 20 years experience in building 
winning Formula 5000, Super Vee and NASCAR Modified racing engines, is just 
another piece of the racing puzzle that has come together. R & W has moved its
fabrication shop into Miller's racing operation to share technology and 
increase development efficiencies. 

The senior Miller has experience managing teams in NASCAR, USAC, SCCA, IMSA
and NHRA. In 1972, he fielded a team for the Indianapolis 500. An expert on 
the history of African-Americans in motorsports, Miller managed the highly 
visible "Viceroy" sponsorship for Benny Scott. He provides a well-seasoned 
racing philosophy to the team that is an essential ingredient for success. 

A U.S. Army veteran with a master's degree in education from Temple
University, Miller will utilize his racing team to launch an evaluation and 
training program for young African-American race car drivers. The team is 
currently developing the up-and-coming David White and will offer similar 
opportunities to other young hopefuls in the future. 

By Performance Marketing Group