MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK HITS THE GROUND RACING
Brand New Track To Host Five Major Racing Circuits
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - With a spectacular launch show held on September 7 in the Delta Center, representatives of five of North America's leading sanctioning bodies jointly announced a full slate of major national championship racing events scheduled to take place on the new Miller Motorsports Park road race facility in 2006.
"This is probably the first time in recent history that a new race track has been privileged to open their inaugural season of racing with this number of top level race events," said track owner Larry H. Miller as he welcomed a crowd of more than 3,000 people to the launch festivities.
The sparkling show introduced senior officials from IMSA (International Motorsports Association), the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), Grand-Am, Historic Sportscar Racing and the American Motorcyclists Association as each announced that their major race series would visit the 511-acre complex during the 2006 race season.
The new Utah track will open its major event season on June 16-18 with the "Thunder Run", a double header round of the AMA Superbike series, followed a month later (July 14-15) by the "Grand Prix of Utah", a doubleheader with the American LeMans Series and SCCA World Challenge.
On August 4-5, MMP hosts a novel twin event. The first, "Utah Fast Pass," is a three-day tour through scenic Utah for modern and historic supercars, such as Ford GT, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche Carrera and GT. On closed courses, participants will receive speeding tickets from the Utah State Highway Patrol, with the resulting fines going to charity. The event ends at the track with a day of open track time on the full, high-speed course. The event is part of the Miller Motorsports Park/HSR "Heroes of Speed" three-day historic race weekend featuring the greatest periods of long distance sports car racing, particularly highlighting the fabulous era of the 1980s IMSA GTP class.
The final event will be the Grand Am "SunChaser 9-Hour," a race into the night for Daytona Prototypes and Grand-Am GT cars, which will end in a blaze of fireworks after the sun has set over the Great Salt Lake to the north of the track.
Miller Motorsports Park is the most modern race complex in North America. Situated just 25 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport in Tooele County, the track is within 35 minutes of downtown Salt Lake City. The 4.5 mile full circuit features a 3,500 foot long straight on which speeds of 200-plus mph can be expected.
The track consists of two independent sub-courses of 2.2 and 2.24 miles length; a 0.9 Mile kart track; 24 acres of paved paddock; a full Grand Prix garage complex which incorporates a three-story media, race control and hospitality tower and roof top hospitality above the garages; two twenty- bay day garages; six 22-unit rental garage complexes; a Welcome Center/Retail Center/ Museum complex; a medical facility/paddock toilet/paddock cafeteria building; a kart retail and service center; a secondary race control tower on the West Course and a $5,000,000 three- level clubhouse/corporate center.
Larry Miller, developer of the Miller Motorsports Park is a well-known collector of Cobra and Ford GT40s. He is the owner of the Utah Jazz, the Delta Center, Salt Lake City Stingers baseball franchise, more than 40 car dealerships, a number of high end multiplex cinema complexes, the KJZZ television and Fanzz retail stores.
The facility was designed by Alan Wilson, a world-renowned track designer. Described as "the world's most prolific race track designer," Wilson has built such well-known tracks as GingerMan, BeaveRun, and the infield for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wilson is the full-time CEO and General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park.
Construction began in May 2005, and the Park is due for full completion in April 2006.
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