Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah 2018

Pirelli World Challenge Returns This Weekend

for Grand Prix of Utah

 

A smorgasbord of sports cars, three days of on-track action

 

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (August 8, 2018) — The best event of the year for sports car enthusiasts throughout the Intermountain West takes place this weekend, August 10-12, when the Pirelli World Challenge Championship returns to Utah Motorsports Campus for the Grand Prix of Utah.

 

The entry list for the three-day event includes entries from 20 different manufacturers, representing 24 different models in eight classes.

 

“Clearly, if you love sports cars, or just cars in general, this is your weekend,” said Willem Geyer, general manager of Utah Motorsports Campus. “There are few places on Earth where you can see this variety and quality of racing cars, running the complete gamut from Mazda MX-5s and Volkswagen GTIs to Ferrari 488s and Lamborghini Huracans. It is a literal ‘something-for-everyone’ event, and we hope all our great fans will come out and enjoy it with us!”

 

Action will get underway on Friday with practice and qualifying sessions, and admission will be free for all guests. Racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and tickets will be available at the UMC Box Office. VIP and camping options are available.

 

There are three locally-based teams competing this weekend. Ian Lacy Racing, based at UMC, will field four cars: three Ginetta G55s in the GTS-X class for Amateur points leader Drew Staveley of Salt Lake City, Steve Burns and Frank Gannett and a Mazda MX-5 in the TCA class for Jenny Gannett. DXDT Racing, also based at UMC, will field a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for David Askew of Salt Lake City in the GT class, and Rearden Racing, based in Salt Lake City, will field an Audi R8 in the GTS-X class for Jeff Burton of Salt Lake City as well as a Nissan 370Zs for Vesko Kosarov of Salt Lake City and Paul Terry of Fillmore, Utah.

 

Off the track, there will be lots for families to enjoy. The paddock is open, as always, allowing up-close-and-personal inspection of the various cars and teams. Driver autograph sessions will take place Saturday from 1:00-1:45 pm (TC/GT drivers) and 3:00-3:45 pm (GTS drivers). The UMC Kart Center will be open for kart and racing simulator rentals all weekend, and there will be a variety of food trucks onsite to suit everyone’s tastes. In addition, the onsite Rodizio Grill restaurant will be open on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Fans will also enjoy a unique display from one of UMC’s sister companies. The parent company of UMC is a global auto manufacturer that also owns the Volvo, Lotus and London Taxi Cab brands. Another wholly-owned subsidiary is a company called Terrafugia, which is designing and developing the first practical flying car.

 

The Terrafugia Flying Car will be on display in the paddock throughout the Grand Prix of Utah. Officials from Geely and Terrafugia are investigating the possibility of using the State of Utah and UMC as a testing facility as the vehicle continues to be developed for public use.

 

Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.

 

Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, which operates Utah Motorsports Campus, has agreed with the Tooele County Board of Commissioners to an extension of the existing facility management agreement through December 31, 2018.

 

For event or ticket information, or for questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000 or visit the track’s website at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com.

 

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Photo Caption: The Pirelli World Challenge returns to Utah Motorsports Campus this weekend, August 10-12, for the Grand Prix of Utah. (Photo courtesy UMC/Jeremy Henrie)

MotoAmerica July 20-22, 2018

MotoAmerica Superbikes Return This Weekend

 

America’s fastest road-racing motorcycles make their annual Utah appearance

 

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (July 18, 2018) — The fastest road-racing motorcycles in North America return to Utah Motorsports Campus this weekend, July 20-22, for the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah.

 

MotoAmerica serves as America’s national championship for road-racing motorcycles, and has been an annual fixture in Utah since the track opened as Miller Motorsports Park in 2006.

 

“We are excited to welcome back our friends from MotoAmerica,” said Willem Geyer, general manager of UMC. “They never fail to put on a great show for our fans. The speed of the bikes and the athleticism of the riders is just astounding, and we’re looking forward to a great weekend.”

 

There will be five separate classes of motorcycles competing this weekend in what will be Round 6 of the series’ 10-round 2018 championship. The headline attraction is the Motul Superbike class, with highly-modified 1000cc bikes ridden by many of the world’s best-known competitors. Other classes competing include Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup.

 

In the Motul Superbike class, defending champ Toni Elias of Spain, riding for Suzuki, is shooting for a second consecutive title. The former MotoGP pilot and 2010 Moto2 champion is currently second in the championship, chasing 2016 series champ Cameron Beaubier of Yamaha.

 

Fans are encouraged to cheer on our local team, Rickdiculous Racing, which is based here at UMC and fields Yamahas in the Supersport class for Hayden Gillim (No. 69, currently second in points) and Jason Aguilar (No. 96) as well as for Gauge Rees (No. 46) of Roy, Utah, in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class. Also competing will be Justin Delong, Oleg Pianykh and Sherwick Min, who are regular competitors in the Utah Sport Bike Association’s Law Tigers Masters of the Mountains amateur superbike racing series that is based at UMC. 

 

Family-friendly activities will include rider autographs, karting, drift rides and a Kids Zone, and there will be a variety of food and other vendors onsite as well.

 

Friday’s schedule includes practice and qualifying sessions, and admission will be free for everyone. Races will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with the Motul Superbike, Supersport and Liqui Moly Junior Cup classes having two races each, while there will be one race for the Twins Cup and Stock 1000 classes. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available either on the track’s website or at the Box Office. There are VIP and camping options available. In addition, the Rodizio Grill restaurant onsite at UMC will be open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.

 

Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, the parent company of Utah Motorsports Campus, has agreed with the Tooele County Board of Commissioners to an extension of the existing facility management agreement through December 31, 2018.

 

For event or ticket information, or for questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000 or visit the track’s website atwww.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com.

 

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Photo Caption: The fastest road-racing motorcycles in North America return to Utah Motorsports Campus this weekend, July 20-22, for the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah. (Photo courtesy UMC/Jeremy Henrie)

World’s premier action sport competition scheduled for September 22-23

 

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (June 25, 2018) — Utah Motorsports Campus is proud to announce that it will host the world’s premier action sport competition, the Third Annual Nitro World Games, on September 22-23, 2012.

 

“This is a huge achievement for our team,” said UMC General Manager Willem Geyer. “The Nitro World Games has the potential to be the biggest event in the history of this facility, and we are very excited to be able to provide events like this to our neighbors in the Tooele Valley and throughout the Intermountain West.”

 

Coming off tremendous success in years one and two, the third annual Nitro World Games will boast further progression in motorized competition with the addition of Nitro Rallycross (NRX), the debut of FMX Quarterpipe and the return of FMX Best Trick.

 

Rallycross may be new to Nitro World Games, but rally racing is certainly not new to the four-wheel motorsports world. To attract some of the biggest names in the sport, Nitro Rallycross has developed a unique and innovative all-new track layout like no other. The world’s best drivers will battle for the top spot on a challenging, purpose-built, permanent track at Utah Motorsports Campus.

 

More details on race formats, course design and drivers are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Also new to Nitro World Games is the FMX Quarterpipe competition. The NWG Quarterpipe is a one-of-a-kind mechanical ramp that allows the degree of takeoff and landing to be adjusted. Standing 32 feet tall and 70 feet wide, this set up gives riders a massive area of operation and allows them to push hard and shoot higher than ever before. With a setup that is nearly double the size of anything else out there, this innovative quarterpipe is going to leave fans speechless as the world’s best FMX athletes attempt to break into new heights.

 

After wowing the world in year one and year two, FMX Best Trick will return to Nitro World Games at UMC. With numerous world firsts landed in the FMX Best Trick discipline thus far, including Gregg Duffy’s double front flip in 2016 and Harry Bink’s front flip rock solid in 2017, the competition will be steep heading in to this year’s contest. Formatting will remain the same as years past, where each athlete will get two attempts to execute the best trick of their choice, with judges scoring tricks in real time. Who will take home the trophy this year?

 

Tickets for the Nitro World Games at UMC are now on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional event and ticket information, visit www.nitroworldgames.com.

 

Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.

 

Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, the parent company of Utah Motorsports Campus, has agreed with the Tooele County Board of Commissioners to an extension of the existing facility management agreement through December 31, 2018.

 

For questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000 or visit the track’s website at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com.

UMC NASA

UMC Eliminates Spectator Entry Fees

for Amateur Races

 

Admission fees applicable only for four major events

 

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 7, 2018) — In an effort to give back to our community and to promote our local amateur racing series, Utah Motorsports Campus has announced that it is waiving spectator admission fees for all of its amateur racing events in 2018.

 

“Our community has been so supportive since we took over running the track that we wanted to do something to give back to them,” said Willem Geyer, General Manager of Utah Motorsports Campus. “Additionally, our local sports car, motorcycle, karting and off-road racing series put on excellent races, and they deserve the support of the local fans. We thought, by eliminating spectator gate fees for these events, that it would give our local fans some great events to attend for free and also increase the exposure for our local racers who work so hard to put on a good show.”

 

The free-admission status applies to all races staged by the sports cars of the Utah Region of the National Auto Sports Association (NASA Utah), the road racing and Supermoto motorcycles of the Utah Sport Bike Association (USBA), the go-karts of the Utah Kart Championship and the off-road trucks and buggies of the Utah Region of the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing Series.

 

Additionally, the policy extends to all semi-pro events such as the new ChampCar Rocky Mountain 24 endurance race, the two visits from the Porsche Pirelli Trophy West USA and the two annual appearances of the Porsche Club of America, as well as the second annual Cruzer Palooza Classic and Custom Car Show.

 

The only racing events that will require spectator admission fees will be the four major events at UMC this year: the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah, July 21-22; the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah, August 11-12; the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, August 25-26; and the AHRMA Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, Sept. 1-2. At these events, children aged 12 and under will be admitted at no charge.

 

Tickets for the major events are now available for purchase by clicking here. Note that The Lantern Fest on May 19 is a separate, non-racing event and tickets are available at www.TheLanternFest.com.  

 

Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.

 

For event or ticket information, or for questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000.

 

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Photo Caption: Utah Motorsports Campus is dropping spectator fees for all its amateur racing events, including those of the Utah Region of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA Utah). (Photo courtesy UMC/Jeremy Henrie)