NASCAR Industry Legend Don Miller to Sign Autographs, Debut Book at Food Lion AutoFair
Don Miller, whose career as a drag racer and NASCAR mover and shaker is the subject of a new memoir, will meet fans and sign autographs during the April 8-11 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Miller, who rose from humble beginnings as a drag racer in Chicago to become Roger Penske's most trusted confidant and a mentor to NASCAR champions, is one of the most influential individuals in international autoracing. He is best known as the co-founder, along with Roger Penske and Rusty Wallace, of Penske Racing South. Miller's resume, however, is far longer and includes time as a hot rodder, sponsorship guru, liaison between Penske and global industry, old car enthusiast and coach to great racing drivers.
The newly-released book, "Miller's Time," was co-authored by Miller himself and automotive historian and Hemmings Publishing's senior editor Jim Donnelly, and produced by Coastal 181 Publishing. The book includes Miller's accounts of his many landmark successes: inventing the modern race track souvenir trailer; setting an international speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats; securing for Goodyear the prized Midwest market for short-track tires; making Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman household names; bringing Formula 1-level engineering prowess to Penske South and setting up one of the largest team shops in motorsports.
Miller and Donnelly will sign autographs for fans at the following times and locations during the Food Lion AutoFair:
- Friday, April 9, 11 a.m. in The Speedway Club
- Friday, April 9, 3 p.m. in the Showcase Garage
- Saturday, April 10, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Showcase Garage.
Miller, who received NASCAR's first Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work with youngsters at risk, has pledged to donate all proceeds from the book's sale to organizations that support the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the Carolinas.
Other AutoFair attractions include the world's most advanced amphibious car, a collection of Lottery Fantasy automobiles, a 50th anniversary celebration of Chevrolet's Corvair and a patriotic display of vintage military vehicles. The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 160,000 visitors. It features 50-plus car club displays; more than 10,000 vendor spaces that offer a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia; and a collector car auction conducted by Dealer Auctions Inc. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5. For more information, visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway website, or contact the speedway events department at (704) 455-3205.