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Utah Automotive Events Center

There may be no better place in the State of Utah to stage an automotive event than Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC).

UMC is an internationally renowned, world-class motorsports facility located in the Tooele Valley between the Oquirrh and Stansbury mountain ranges just south of the Great Salt Lake. We are a convenient 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City and only 20 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.

Originally built as Miller Motorsports Park by the late Utah businessman Larry H. Miller and designed by renowned track designer Alan Wilson, the venue opened in 2006 to international acclaim. The track was named “Motorsports Facility of the Year” in its debut season by the Motorsports World Expo in Cologne, Germany. The campus includes a multi-configurational 4.438-mile road racing circuit, a 0.9-mile, multi-configurational kart track, an off-road short course, a rock-crawling course and the Nitro World Games rallycross track, plus acres of both paved and gravel parking lots.

During its history, the circuit has hosted many of the world’s top racing series, including the FIM Superbike World Championship, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, AMA Supermoto Championship, the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), Stars of Karting and many more.

If you are considering hosting an automotive event, let UMC’s knowledgeable and experienced Events staff customize your perfect outing. If you can dream it up, we can make it happen, and in most cases, it will be something we have done before.

Car shows, new-model introductions, television commercials and show productions, manufacturer ride-and-drives, dealer training, vehicle dynamics demonstrations, research and development, testing or racing? Been there, done that. Sports cars, stock cars, motorcycles, off-road vehicles? Whatever you have is no problem.

With the variety of surfaces that we can provide, in addition to full catering services, meeting spaces, audio/video capability, and other custom touches, we can help you produce your best-ever Utah automotive event, ensuring that you get the maximum bang for your buck.

When you are ready to stage a unique, convenient Utah automotive event at a world-class venue with an experienced and helpful staff and lots of options for creativity, we hope you’ll consider Utah Motorsports Campus. Give us a call and let us see what we can do to make your vision a reality!

Outdoor Corporate Events in Utah

Utah Outdoor Corporate Events

Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) is the largest outdoor event venue in the State of Utah. We are primarily known as a racing facility, but at 511 acres we have space to accommodate almost anything you can dream up!

Nestled in the Tooele Valley between the Oquirrh and Stansbury mountain ranges just south of the Great Salt Lake, UMC is conveniently located. We are a 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City and only 20 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.

The facility has been open since 2006, and in that time we have not only hosted many of the world’s top motorsports series and events but also numerous corporate and entertainment events. Our Events Staff is expert at making your vision come to life, limited only by budget constraints.

If your guests have the need for speed, we can certainly help in that regard! Our state-of-the-art go-karting facility provides a great venue for a little friendly competition, and we have other speed- and racing-related options as well. We also offer VIP hospitality for our major racing events with trackside suites, closed-circuit TV and catering.

UMC offers a variety of meeting spaces, ranging from classrooms and meeting rooms to a full-sized banquet hall. Full A/V services are available, as is custom catering to fit your budget and taste.

Over the years, we have hosted concerts, car shows, seminars, meetings, weddings, conventions, reunions and just about every kind of gathering you can think of. We are also Utah’s home for Lantern Fest, which visits twice each year, and in 2018 we hosted the innovative Nitro World Games. We have hosted athletic competitions like the Blacklight Run and the Mud Run. We have hosted various manufacturer media events for such companies as Porsche, Subaru, and Ford. Various television shows and commercials have been shot here, including commercials for Yamaha and Harley-Davidson and shows like Velocity Network’s “Bitchin’ Rides” and “Diesel Brothers.”

If you are looking for a unique, convenient Utah outdoor corporate event venue, with an experienced and helpful staff and lots of options for fun, we hope you’ll consider Utah Motorsports Campus. Give us a call and let us see what we can do to make your vision a reality!

 

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!

GINETTA’S DREW STAVELEY ENJOYS GREAT GTS AM SEASON IN PWC

AS HE HEADS TO HIS HOME TRACK, UTAH MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS

 

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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