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A look back, and sometimes forward, on the sport of racing

Utah Off-Road Racing

There are few better places on Earth for off-road racing enthusiasts than Utah, and there are few better places in Utah for off-road racing enthusiasts than Utah Motorsport Campus!

If you’re into watching high-powered off-road racers or driving them, UMC is the place to be. We host the best off-road short-course racing series in the world, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, with classes ranging from kids’ buggies to 900-hp, fire-breathing, four-wheel-drive trucks on our Off Road Short Course. This year, they’ll be here over the weekend of August 25-26, so make your plans. This is one of our most popular events; one visit, and you’ll know why!

If you want to drive in off-road races in Utah, UMC is the home of the Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Racing Series. This year they have a four-race schedule, with Rounds 1 and 2 on June 2-3, Round 3 on July 7 and Round 4 on August 18. For more info, visit the series’ website by clicking here. It’s perfect for beginners, so come on out and join in on the fun; the series would love to have you!

Utah Rock Crawling Course

UMC also has, as part of its 511-acre campus, a rock-crawling course onsite. This venue has been used for professional rock-crawling events in the past, and is available for rent to off-roaders seeking a challenge or as a place to test out off-road components. Info/reservations: Call 801-597-3103.

Utah Go Karting

If you have a group who is into off-roading, the UMC Kart Center has a fleet of Polaris Ace 570 UTVs that can be rented for corporate or group events. We will put your group on our Off Road Short Course for the off-road experience of a lifetime! Info/reservations: Call 801-597-3103.

No matter where your interests lie, if you’re a Utah off-road racing enthusiast, UMC has a way to put a smile on your face. Grab your fam and friends, and get out here! We’ll see you at the races!

 

Utah's Largest Go Karting Track

Do you like to go fast? Do you like to have fun? The outdoor go kart track at Utah Motorsports Campus is the best place in Utah to do both! Our professional track is HUGE with a challenging course that thousands of Utahns have already enjoyed for birthdays, corporate events, dates, races and more! Go-kart racing is the most affordable form of auto racing and is designed for the fun and enjoyment of individuals and entire families.

The Utah Go Kart Track offers a world-class racing facility with a paved pit area, racing clubhouse, numerous track configurations and a brand-new fleet of Righetti karts that are fast fun for everyone and feature a top speed of 40-50 miles per hour.  

There are some restrictions involved for our younger Utah Go Kart Track drivers. Drivers of our rental karts must be at least 8 years old and 52 inches tall. Also, any rental kart driver younger than 18 must have a signed parental waiver on file before driving. These are available here; it’s advisable to download and fill this form out before coming to the track. 

In addition to having the best Utah Go Kart Track, UMC also offers a bank of world-class racing simulators that are fun and educational for both individuals and groups. We also have a fleet of ATVs that are available to rent for group/corporate events on our Off-Road Course.

The Utah Kart Championship races also take place at UMC. This is Utah’s only sprint kart series! The season kicks off in March and runs through October with 13 championship rounds for kids from age 4 to 74. Since the track opened in 2006, many drivers have graduated from the Utah Kart Championship and have gone on to enjoy successful professional racing careers.

So, whether you want to take the first steps toward a professional racing career or you just want to have some fast, competitive fun with friends or a group at an outstanding facility, Utah Motorsports Campus invites you to satisfy your need for speed at the very best Outdoor Go-Kart Track!

 Ready to burn some rubber on Utah’s only Outdoor Kart Track? Click here to view our track calendar and to view pricing! 

 

Daytona 500, 2008

I’m going to go out on the proverbial branch and predict an unnatural phenomenon to occur this weekend.

This Sunday, NASCAR will drop the green flag on the 59th running of the legendary Daytona 500. At or near that time, I predict that there will be unnatural warming and a distinct hum heard in three places – one in Mooresville, N.C., and two near Daytona Beach, Fla.

So, this week’s news that American Honda is returning to pro motorcycle road racing by backing Danny Walker’s Team Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda in MotoAmerica’s Superbike class team with rider Jake Gagne is a very welcome development.