SCC: Miller Motorsports Park news 2009-09-14

Miller Motorsports Park Gearing Up for Grand-Am Rolex Series Return TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (September 14, 2009) -- The final major event of the 2009 season at Miller Motorsports Park will take place this weekend, September 18-19, when the Grand-Am...

Miller Motorsports Park Gearing Up for Grand-Am Rolex Series Return

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (September 14, 2009) -- The final major event of the 2009 season at Miller Motorsports Park will take place this weekend, September 18-19, when the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 makes its fourth annual visit to Utah.

A battle royale is shaping up for the Rolex Series' exotic 200-mph Daytona Prototypes, as three teams will enter the penultimate race of the season separated by only five points in the championship standings.

Ironically, the same three teams Gainsco Racing (Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty), Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas) and SunTrust Racing (Max Angelelli/Brian Frisselle) came here in 2007 with very much the same scenario. That race, which was the season finale, wound up with the SunTrust car burnt to the ground in pit lane, the Ganassi car penalized for avoidable contact and the Gainsco car taking the championship.

Another interesting aspect of this year's race will be that the race distance has been shortened from 1000 km (approximately seven hours) to two hours and 45 minutes. As a result, there will be no conserving tires, brakes or fuel; the only strategy will be to go flat-out from start to finish, which will make the race even more exciting.

The Acxiom GT class will join the Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex Series race, and the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 of Dirk Werner and Leh Keen hope to clinch the championship over defending race winner and class co-champ Kelly Collins (No. 07 Drinkin' Mate Pontiac GXP.R).

Support races for the weekend include the KONI Sports Car Challenge for modified production cars in two classes, Miller Motorsports Park's own Ford Racing Mustang Challenge and the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.

This year's event will be two days only, with the KONI race on Friday evening and the remaining three races on Saturday. The Rolex Series race will be the final race of the weekend, with the green flag scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be lots of off-track fun for fans throughout the weekend, with $10 Jeep rides on the Off-Road Course, driver autograph sessions and free skid car rides on both days, plus $40 Sim Race rides and a Open Pit Walk/Pit Stop Demonstration on Saturday.

Local fans can get an advance look at some of the Rolex Series and KONI Sports Car Challenge cars on Wednesday, September 16, when a number of the team transporters will visit the Larry H. Miller Ford Superstore at 1340 S. 500 West in Salt Lake City from 4:00 -- 6:30 p.m. On hand to sign autographs will be Jack Roush Jr., son of the legendary NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner, who drives the No. 61 Roush/Valvoline Ford Mustang GT for the Horsepower Ranch team in the Grand Sport class of the KONI Sports Car Challenge. Fans will also be eligible to win a number of giveaways, including a chance to serve as a pit crew member during the weekend and hot laps around the track with Jack Roush Jr.

Tickets for the weekend are priced as follows: Two-day tickets are $52 for general admission and $67 for grandstand tickets; single-day tickets are $27 general admission for Friday (includes grandstand seating), $37 general admission for Saturday and $52 grandstand for Saturday.

For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park or to purchase tickets, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track's website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

-credit: mmp

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Scott Pruett , Kelly Collins , Max Angelelli , Chip Ganassi , Lehman Keen , Brian Frisselle , Dirk Werner , Felix Sabates , Jack Roush Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing