Ride along on Leonard W. Miller’s journey through American History. Deal with the eras of segregation, Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and Womens Rights as they cloud Miller’s vision to build successful racing teams.
Social forces of change outside of racing challenged Miller’s drive for success on the track. The end of segregation and the passage of civil rights laws withered at the board room doors of Fortune 500 corporations. Prejudice and ignorance fueled corporate sponsorship rejections of Miller’s race teams.
Reacting to rejections, the Black American Racers Association was Miller’s attempt to unite the black community of racing. Its five year life boasted five thousand members and national publicity. Formation of Black American Racers, Inc (BAR) attempted to gain sponsorship and corporate acceptance. BAR proved itself a winner on the track but not the boardroom. Induction into the Black Athletes Hall of Fame in 1976 won him recognition but not help from the Fortune 500 companies.
Roadblocks on the track frustrated Miller’s career. Loss of sponsorship and the death of Tommy Thompson in 1978 disrupted any momentum BAR had achieved. Miller has continued to form teams to race in NASCAR events, but he has encountered the same problems he faced in the civil rights era.