Rolex Series to Headline Inaugural Season of Racing at Miller Motorsports Park in 2006 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 7, 2005) -- In the second major race announcement for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series within the past two weeks,...
Rolex Series to Headline Inaugural Season of Racing at Miller Motorsports Park in 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 7, 2005) -- In the second major race announcement for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series within the past two weeks, officials from Miller Motorsports Park and the Grand American Road Racing Association unveiled plans this evening that will see the Rolex Series headline the first season of racing at the brand-new facility near Salt Lake City, Utah.
The SunChaser 9-Hour at Miller Motorsports Park weekend is scheduled for September 1-2, 2006, and will close out the inaugural season of racing at Miller Motorsports Park. The SunChaser 9-Hour will be the first-ever nine-hour endurance race for the Rolex Series.
The series has previously contested several six-hour endurance races in addition to the twice-around-the-clock Rolex 24 At Daytona which annually kicks off the Rolex Series season. A Grand-Am Cup Series race is also expected during the SunChaser 9-Hour weekend.
"Miller Motorsports Park is shaping up to be another world class road racing facility and we are delighted to bring the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup to Salt Lake City next season," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "This is a market that has been virtually untapped by major league auto racing to this point, and we are looking forward to providing Salt Lake City race fans with our brand of unparalleled sports car racing. We believe that our Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup events will be the perfect way to wrap up the 2006 season for Miller Motorsports Park."
The addition of Miller Motorsports Park to the 2006 schedule comes on the heels of the announcement 11 days ago that the Rolex Series will visit Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. for the first time next season on the same late- August weekend as the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series.
The Rolex Series plans to utilize the 4.5-mile, 24-turn layout at Miller Motorsports Park, which will be the longest permanent road course in the United States. The facility is located on a 511-acre site in Tooele County's Desert Peak Complex, which is 25 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport.
Miller Motorsports Park is being built by Larry H. Miller, who also owns the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz in addition to the Delta Center arena in downtown Salt Lake City, the KJZZ television station in Salt Lake City, movie theaters, a theme restaurant, the Salt Lake Stingers minor league baseball team and more than 38 auto dealerships.
The circuit has been designed by Alan Wilson, who also serves as the CEO/General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. Wilson also designed Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala.--which hosts a round of the Rolex Series annually--as well as Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina and BeaveRun Motorsports Park in Pennsylvania.
The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.