Back in March, we told you to forget about NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and to focus on the Trans-Am by Pirelli series. This year is especially a good year for Mopar fans, as the TA2 division points are being led by a Dodge Challenger. That’s right, the Stevens-Miller Racing (SMR) PREFIX Dodge Challenger driven by Michigan native Marc Miller is leading the points going into this weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We’re in it to win it,” team owner Joe Stevens said. “Each of the three brands has different strengths. We’re the only team that fields all three brands (Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford) and that has proven to be a good move. One race the Dodge has been the car to drive and the next the Ford. We continue to develop our five cars and our drivers through testing. Week after week and race after race, my guys are pushing hard to win the TA2 championship. One-two in the championship is right where we want to be this time of the season.”
“My PREFIX Challenger has been great,” Miller said. “SMR continues to develop the car and I consistently can tell the difference. By nature, the Challenger is prone to understeer, which is something we’ve worked on a ton but we’ve never been able to totally dial out. Our recent test at Mid-Ohio uncovered a couple of things that just might resolve the issue. The SMR guys never quit – I can’t wait to get to Indy and see if I can put this bad ride on the top of the box!”
Stevens added, “Besides Marc and Dillon (Machavern) we’ll have Brian Swank in the Berryman Products Camaro and Alex Wright in our second Challenger at both events. They both finished Top 10 at Detroit and are both gaining speed and consistency. Brian and Alex have shown how close each of the different brands are. They consistently finish one behind the other and that’s a testament to our preparation, PREFIX power plants, our Howe chassis, and the Trans-Am regulations package.
“Last year Indy was more like a brick oven than the brickyard and this year we could be in for the same! We need good points finishes and all four cars home in one piece as we’re at Mid-Ohio just three days later. The time will come when the guys need to take the gloves off. With Indy, Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Watkins Glen one right after the other, we need consistency and focus to bring home the championship for SMR and our sponsors.”
The MoparInsiders team will be at Indy this weekend with the PREFIX team. Be sure to follow our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram, as we will be in the pits and getting a behind the scenes look at the entire SMR Challenger teams.
Source: Stevens-Miller Racing