MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK ADDS A NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL WEST RACE TO A FULL 2007 RACING SEASON
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (November 16, 2006) -- Miller Motorsports Park (MMP) today announced a 2007 schedule that is among the best in the United States and will include the return of popular racing series like the American LeMans, AMA Superbikes and Supermoto, and Grand Am, plus the addition of a NASCAR Grand National West Series and more.
"You will see the top racers in the world at Miller Motorsports Park in 2007," said Mitch Wright, Director of Racing. "MMP has gone from zero to 200 mph in less than 24 months," said Alan Wilson, General Manager. "Not only are cars reaching speeds of nearly 200 mph down the front stretch, MMP is attracting race series that typically take years for a new track to secure."
Miller Motorsports Park opened in April 2006 and had an exceptional inaugural year, which included the international honor of being named "Motorsport Facility of the Year," a prestigious award granted by the Professional MotorSport World Expo in Cologne, Germany. "Such a venue is invaluable to the state, and further positions Utah as a leader in the national and international sports community," commented Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
Every weekend in 2007, from end of March through end of October, will be full of action. In addition to the major events, for example, are weekends featuring kart racing, car racing, and motorcycle racing -- all on different tracks and all at the same time.
Historic racing will be back - with the Historic Sportscar Racing series, a Nostalgia racing weekend, and -- new in 2007 -- a Shelby American Auto Club national event, which is expected to draw up to 1,000 cars from all over the US.
Opportunities for local racers to fine-tune their skills will be abundant. Miller management expects even more Utah racers and regional racers to participate in 2007. Miller will again offer the popular Plaza Cycle Masters of the Mountains series for motorcycles, the MPRA (Miller Park Racing Association) for cars, the Plaza Cycle Utah Supermoto series, and a Utah kart championship series.
"Whether you race or not, there's something for you here," said Wilson. "Racing is a sport unlike any other where fans can get close to the stars and meet and talk to the riders and drivers. When you buy a ticket, you also get access to the paddock and Grand Prix garage area, so the public can see the teams at work on race days. Also, we will again host special fan forums, and at times fans will even be invited onto the track before the start of the race. In addition, we think we'll generate a lot of interest in the track with our "Free Fridays" next year. Most Fridays will be free, and kids 12 and under are always free."
Miller Motorsports Park operates a High Performance Driving School and is host to Freddie Spencer's world-renowned motorcycle school. Kart rentals and corporate events are available on a daily basis during the season.
The 2007 Miller Motorsports Park Schedule
March 31-April 1 Season Opens (kart race, Plaza Cycle Master of the Mountains motorcycle race, SCCA Driver's School/regional race)
May 3-6 Racing 2 Save Lives
May 18-19 The Utah Grand Prix - American LeMans Series
May 25-27 SCCA Double National
June 15-17 WERA -- regional motorcycle racing
June 22-24 The Honda Summit of Speed AMA Superbike Doubleheader
July 6-8 Stars of Karting, SAAC Shelby Meet
July 14 NASCAR Grand National West Series
August 3-5 Historic Sportscar Racing
September 7-9 Vintage Motorcycle Racing (AHRMA)
September 14-15 The Sunchaser 1000 - Grand Am Series
The Plaza Cycle Masters of the Mountains dates are: March 31-April 1, April 21-22, June 9-10, July 28-29, August 11-12, August 25-26, September 8-9.
The MPRA race dates are: April 7, May 12, June 9-10, July 28-29, August 25-26, September 22-23.
The Utah Kart Championship series dates are: March 31, April 14, April 21, May 12, May 26, June 2, June 3, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6, October 20.
The Plaza Cycle Utah Supermoto dates are: April 7, May 20, June 17, July 1, August 18, August 19, September 16, October 13.