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Racing and Teaching a “Dream Come True” for personable driver


GRANTSVILLE, Utah (Aug. 3, 2018) – Drew Staveley lives out a dream of teaching racing as well as competing professionally in the Pirelli World Challenge road racing series.


The California native knew his goals as a teenager but just wasn’t sure if he could make them happen. Now, the Salt Lake City competitor is living his dream as a driving instructor in the Ford Performance Racing School at Utah Motorsports Campus during the week and a top-level driver in the GTS class with the Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta racing team on the weekends. 


In fact, this year Staveley leads the GTSA class point standings in both the Sprint and SprintX categories as he competes at his home track next weekend (Aug. 10-12) in the PWC Grand Prix of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus. 


“I always wanted to be a pro driver if it was possible,” said Staveley, driver of the No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 sports car. “And, at one point, I just wasn’t sure. I worked several regular jobs like construction, sheet metal and even sales. My family competed in the SCCA and I did it too. But my goal was to be a pro driver and maybe a driving instructor. Now, I am lucky enough to do both.”


After starting racing mountain bikes at age 14, Staveley worked his way up the motorsport ladder, scoring a top-ten at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2008. But things didn’t always fall into place for the personable 32-year-old driver.


“I had to start networking back into racing a few years back and Dan McKeever (FPRS general manager) talked to me about being a racing instructor,” said Staveley, a GTS overall race winner this year at Lime Rock Park. “It was away to get back into racing and help other people enjoy the sport. The school is a great training ground and I was able to continue my racing career as well.”


Staveley hooked up with Frank and Jennie Gannett as well as local Utah racer Ian Lacy to form the Ian Lacy Racing team. And the rest is history as they say. 


“My wife, Kathy, and I always dreamed of what we wanted to do in our jobs,” said Drew. “She wanted to be a veterinarian and I wanted to be a pro racing driver. Well, Kathy got her veterinary doctorate and works for a great place in Salt Lake City, and I was able to stay in racing as a driver and instructor. It is a great position to be in for our family.”


Staveley leaped into the Pirelli World Challenge GTS limelight a year ago at Utah Motorsports Campus with a spectacular 50-minute sprint race. He drove the No. 12 Ginetta G55 in a wheel-to-wheel battle with veteran Ian James before settling for the runner-up position. 


This season, Drew has been a dominant racer in the GTS Am division with a GTS overall victory in May and six GTS Am podium runs including three class wins.  Now he enters the PWC Grand Prix of Utah in search of clinching the GTS Am SprintX title. 


“The Utah track is tricky and, luckily, I have a lot of experience there,” Staveley said. “The Ginetta is a unique race car too. Built in England with a Ford motor, the car is good for rhythm tracks against the (Chevrolet) Camaro, (Ford) Mustang, Audi, Panoz and others. So, I am hoping for another strong showing at Utah.  It’s a great track and I would love to clinch the SprintX title in front of family and friends. But it will not be easy.”


Staveley leads young driver Aurora Straus in the GTS SprintX category point standings, 163-147, with the two GTS SprintX 60-minute features set for Saturday (Aug. 11) at 1:10 p.m. MDT and Sunday (Aug. 12) at 11 a.m. MDT.  


“I think we can be fast here at the Utah facility, but I can’t get caught up in any damage or mistakes,” Staveley admits. “I would hate to lose the GTS Am championship by a mishap. My goal since I was a teenager was to win a racing championship. Now, we are in position to do it at Utah and then the GTS Am Sprint title at Watkins Glen next month.  It would be a fantastic way to wrap up our first complete season with Ian Lacy Racing. So, I need to have good races in the next two PWC weekends.”


Competition for the eight classes – GT/GTS/GT Cup SprintX, GTS/GTSA SprintX and the three Touring Car categories, TCR, TC and TCA – gets underway for the PWC Grand Prix of Utah on Friday (Aug. 10). Four races are scheduled each day on Saturday (Aug. 11) and Sunday (Aug. 12).  All PWC races can be viewed live on www.world-challenge.com and the World Challenge TV YouTube channel. 


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Contact: Tom Blattler, Pirelli World Challenge, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 317.525.5692

Outdoor Go Karting at UMC

Go Karting is the most affordable type of road racing you can do. A startling percentage of professional drivers get their career starts in karts, because it teaches you basic race-driving skills that apply to almost any kind of road racing.

There are lots of places to do karting. Many popular karting venues are indoors, but for the best experience, you need to go karting in the great outdoors. Utah Motorsports Campus has the only outdoor karting venue in the State of Utah, and it is the perfect place to go karting! 

Whether you’re a youngster looking to make the first steps towards a career in racing, an individual or group/family looking for a fast-fun outing, or a company/organization seeking a fun and different event for clients or employees, the outdoor kart track at Utah Motorsports Campus is the ideal venue to meet your needs.

The outdoor kart track at UMC was designed by renowned track designer Alan Wilson, who designed the facility’s big road-racing track as well as over 30 other racetracks around the world. The UMC outdoor kart track is 0.9 miles long in its longest configuration, but it has more than 30 different configurations that can be run.

We do kart rentals for individuals and groups, and we also host a local karting championship for drivers ranging in age from four to 64-plus.

If you haven’t tried karting, you need to rectify that as soon as possible! If you’ve only done karting indoors, check out UMC’s outdoor kart track and enjoy the difference. It’s one thing to be racing in a corrugated metal warehouse; it’s another thing altogether to be zipping around corners in the great outdoors, surrounded by two different mountain ranges with the Great Salt Lake as a backdrop.

Karting outdoors: it’s the best! Try it and see for yourself!


Cruzer Palooza Car Show and Swap Meet

Swap meet, track laps, concerts, burnout contest, food trucks and more


TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 22, 2018) —Utah Motorsports Campus is celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with the Second Annual Cruzer Palooza Car Show and Swap Meet.


Last year’s inaugural event was very well received, prompting track officials to proceed with the second annual show this weekend, offering even more fun attractions and activities for fans and participants.


“Most car shows are held in a parking lot, or in a large building somewhere,” said Willem Geyer, General Manager of UMC. “When you have a world-class racetrack to host your car show, it opens up a lot of fun possibilities.”


In addition to the car show, the weekend-long event will kick off with a concert on Friday at 7:00 pm featuring the Flashback Brothers to cap off Move-In Day, along with a variety of food trucks and beer sales.


The actual car show runs Saturday and Sunday, along with what is expected to be a much larger swap meet. Gates open at 9:00 am both days. On Saturday, fans can purchase Hot Laps, during which they will get to ride as a passenger in a race car supplied by DXDT Racing, between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, at $75/ride. A burnout contest is scheduled for 4:00 pm.


For those who want to drive on the track themselves, UMC is offering its Wide Open Wednesday (called Wide Open Weekend for this event) program on a Saturday for the first time, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm, for $25/car. Drivers will be required to have their car pass a safety inspection, and helmets are required (rental helmets available). The day will end with another concert at 8:00 pm featuring the Tri-Chevys, with beer sales and food trucks available.


The car show will conclude on Sunday, with awards being presented at 2:00 pm, and parade track laps for all entered cars following the awards ceremony.


A Kid Zone will be available for the young fans all weekend, a number of commercial vendors will be onsite and public karting will be available at the UMC Kart Center throughout the event.


Spectator admission is free to all for this event, but there are RV accommodations available for those who would like to spend the weekend onsite.


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.




Photo Caption: The Second Annual Cruzer Palooza Car Show and Swap Meet will take place at Utah Motorsports Campus this weekend, May 25-27, 2018. (Photo courtesy UMC/Jeremy Henrie)

Salt Lake Events Center

Utah Motorsports Campus is Utah’s largest outdoor event venue. Nestled in the picturesque Tooele Valley and framed by the Oquirrh and Stansbury mountain ranges just south of the Great Salt Lake, our 511-acre campus is primarily known as one of North America’s finest motorsports facilities, but it is so much more than that!

Over the years, we have hosted a myriad of Salt Lake group events of all types: concerts, athletic events, television and movie productions, schools, shows, conferences, meetings, parties, reunions…even weddings! Of course, we do a lot of corporate entertaining and team- and morale-building events as well.

UMC boasts an expert team of event planners who can help you realize your vision for the perfect event. They can work with you to custom-design just about anything you can dream up, limited only by your budget and imagination.

If you’re planning an outdoor event, we’re an easy 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. We have acres of paved and unpaved surfaces with plenty of adjacent parking. If an indoors event is what you’re seeking, we have a variety of rooms that range from classrooms and meeting spaces to a full banquet hall. WiFi and audio/visual services are available, as is catering to fit any taste or budget.

Many events are self-contained, but we can help augment your outing with some of our fast-fun activities if you desire. The UMC Kart Center can put on a race for your group, or we can offer our very popular Pit Stop Challenge competition, in which participants do timed pit stops on an actual NASCAR stock car and compete for best times. We have a new offroad driving experience, which utilizes our fleet of Polaris Ace 570 ATVs on the off-road racing track that annually hosts the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

If your group would like to race virtually, we have a bank of state-of-the-art racing simulators – the same machines and software used for training by professional racing drivers – and we can set up a series of races to see who has the right stuff!

Another popular group event option includes race tickets and hospitality suites during one of our big races. We can put your group right on top of all the action, and enhance the experience with closed-circuit video, catering, WiFi and custom touches as desired.



Additional information is available online here. There are small differences between a good event and a great one, and we know all of them. If you’re planning a Utah or Salt Lake City-area event, get in touch and let our outstanding event planning staff explain them to you!