Leonard W. Miller's Hall of Fame ring

Leonard W. Miller's Hall of Fame ring

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Leonard W. Miller's Hall of Fame ring is gold with "AFDIM" in red in the center. Miller was inducted into the Association for Diversity in Motorsports Hall of Fame on October 11, 2005 in Charlotte, NC. He was recognized and honored for fielding African American stock car drivers in the NASCAR Late Model Stock class throughout the southeast from 1994-2003.
This organization was one of many minority groups advocating African American teams and drivers competing in NASCAR as a result of insufficient corporate sponsorship in the 1990s and 2000s. Ironically, many of these advocate organizations are now defunct due to lack of corporate sponsorship and interest.
Miller Racing Group was an African American racing team owned by father and son Leonard W. and Leonard T. Miller. MRG was sponsored by Dr. Pepper from 2001-2003 and delivered Dr. Pepper its first corporate win in the brand's history. The team competed in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Weekly Racing Series throughout the southeast. After the 2003 season, the Millers did not have a corporate sponsor for MRG and sustained the team with their personal funds and resources.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ring
date made
2005
user
Miller, Leonard W.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 3.175 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
2016.0359.16.2
accession number
2016.0359
catalog number
2016.0359.16.2
Credit Line
Gift of Leonard W. Miller
subject
auto racing
Professional
African American
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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