Utah Miller Motorsports Park news 2010-06-03

SCCA Trans-Am, VW Jetta TDI Cup at Miller Motorsports Park This Weekend Local Driver Tomlinson Competing in TDI Cup TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (June 3, 2010) -- After two weekends of motorcycle racing, the focus at Miller Motorsports Park shifts...

SCCA Trans-Am, VW Jetta TDI Cup at Miller Motorsports Park This Weekend
Local Driver Tomlinson Competing in TDI Cup

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (June 3, 2010) -- After two weekends of motorcycle racing, the focus at Miller Motorsports Park shifts back to cars this weekend, June 5-6, as the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Championship and Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup hit the track.

The Trans-Am Championship has been a mainstay in American professional road racing since 1966 and has seen more than its share of great racing and great champions over the decades. Legends such as Parnelli Jones, Mark Donohue, Peter Gregg, George Follmer, Hurley Haywood, Scott Pruett and many others carved out part of their esteemed careers in the thundering muscle-car wars.

The Trans-Am Championship is making its inaugural appearance at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend, and the series is sure to be popular with fans who like big, loud, V8-powered ground-pounders. The majority of the cars are Corvettes, with a couple of Jaguars and a Mazda RX-8 thrown in for good measure.

Joining Trans-Am on the 2.24-mile East Course will be the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, making its second appearance at the Tooele track. The Volkswagen TDI Cup features young (16-26 year-old) drivers in identically prepared clean diesel-powered Jetta TDI sedans. The series is very well run and the racing is amazingly close, providing these young drivers a perfect showcase to hone their skills in anticipation of climbing the career ladder in motorsports.

One of those young drivers is 18-year-old J.J. Tomlinson of Park City. Although he has been racing his whole life, he is a newcomer to motorsports. He was a competitive snowboarder starting at the age of six, winning eight national titles and taking fifth place in the 2010 Winter X Games in snowboardcross. Last year's visit to Miller Motorsports Park by the Jetta TDI Cup sparked his interest in motorsports, and his debut season in the series this year follows a year in Miller Motorsports Park's karting program, where he finished second in the Rotax Masters Division. He is currently 14th in the championship, having finished 14th, 24th and 10th in the three races to date this season.

Also attracting interest will be the four guest drivers invited to compete this weekend. These include Roger Hayden, a lifelong motorcycle racer who competed in last weekend's Lucas Oil Utah USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship presented by HANNspree; Olympic speed skater Anthony Lobello, who is no stranger to speed but on skates rather than in cars; freestyle skiing champ Grete Eliassen; and amateur sports car racer and automotive journalist Thomas Lyman.

Supporting races will include the SCCA Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprise series. Spec Racer Fords are single-seat, closed-wheel sports racers with identical Ford 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, while Formula Enterprise is an open-wheel series with identical formula-car chassis powered by a 2.3-liter Mazda four-cylinder engine. Also throughout the weekend, the Intermountain Region of the Porsche Club of America will be hosting a drivers education event on the West Track.

SCCA Pro Racing action will begin Saturday morning, with practice and qualifying followed by the first of two races for Formula Enterprise and Spec Racer Ford. Remaining races will be held on Sunday, with the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup taking the green flag at 11:15 a.m. and the Trans-Am Championship race scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $6 per day for adults, with kids 12 and under being admitted free of charge.

For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track's website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

-source: mmp

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , George Follmer , Parnelli Jones , Hurley Haywood , Roger Lee Hayden , Peter Gregg , Mark Donohue , J.J. Tomlinson