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

Utah Motorsports Campus is gearing up for Utah’s biggest off-road racing weekend of the year on August 24-25, when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns for its annual visit!

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has become one of UMC’s biggest fan favorites, bringing their 900-hp off-road trucks and buggies to our Off-Road Short Course with lots of jumps, door-banging, crashes and general mayhem. It’s a very family-friendly event, with drivers very willing to meet their fans (especially the kids!) and sometimes even gifting them with an autographed piece of discarded bodywork from their truck!

This year, Utah’s visit from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be even more special, because this will be our first time to race at night, under the lights! Racing is always better at night, and you’ll be able to see the flames, sparks and red-hot brake discs that aren’t as visible during the day, plus the temperatures will be more pleasant!

As a result, we’ll be racing on Friday and Saturday instead of the customary Saturday and Sunday. Gates will open to the public both days at 1 pm, with practice and qualify for nine classes preceding race action. Opening ceremonies and feature races are scheduled for 7 pm, with a full slate of practice, qualifying, and racing scheduled for both days.

Off the track, there is a scheduled driver autograph session scheduled from 4-4:30 pm both days, and the UMC Kart Center will be open for kart and racing simulator rentals. In addition, there will be a variety of food trucks onsite, so we can satisfy your needs for both feed and speed!

If you’ve never witnessed a professional off-road short-course event, you owe it to yourself to check out the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at UMC! If you have, grab your crowd, get your tix and we’ll see you trackside!




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)