The 3.048-mile Outer Road Course at Utah Motorsports Campus will reverberate with motorized thunder this weekend, September 10-11, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Utah for the first time since 2014.
Free tickets for first responders, 50-percent discount for Tooele County residents
As a way to say “thank you” to the residents of Tooele County for a successful season, UMC is offering a 50-percent discount on tickets to all county residents who provide proof of residency (driver’s license, power bill, phone bill, etc.). In addition, in recognition of September 11, UMC is offering two free General Admission tickets to any active or veteran military personnel or active first responder (police, fire, EMT) with a valid identification card.
“We have had a great season since taking over the facility in February,” said Willem Geyer, UMC General Manager. “The citizens of Tooele County have welcomed us warmly and been very supportive of our efforts. Over 100,000 people have visited UMC this year for our various events, and this is a way for us to show our appreciation for the support we have been given. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy NASCAR’s return to Utah.”
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is a development series for younger drivers who are working their way up the ladder to the premier NASCAR series such as the Craftsman Truck Series, Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup. There are East and West divisions of the K&N Pro Series, and this weekend’s double-header event – the first in the series’ history, which dates back to 1954 – will be Rounds 11 and 12 of the West series’ 14-race 2016 championship.
This year’s championship is shaping up to be a two-man battle between 16-year-old Todd Gilliland of Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., and 28-year-old Ryan Partridge of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Gilliland, who drives the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, currently leads the standings by five points after scoring five wins thus far this season. He is the son of NASCAR veteran Butch Gilliland. Partridge drives the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford for team owner Bob Bruncati, and has two wins this season.
The action will get underway on Saturday, with a 90-minute practice session at 9:20 am and a 60-minute qualifying session at 1:15 pm preceding the first of the weekend’s two races at 5:00 pm. On Sunday, there will be a warm-up session at 10:00 am preceding the final race at 2:15 pm. The grid on Sunday will be set based on the results of Saturday’s race.
In addition to the stock cars, the sports cars of the Utah Region of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA Utah) will be sharing the track during the weekend, with races scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday. NASA Utah will be joined by the United States Touring Car Championship, making their annual appearance in Utah.
Off the track, there will be a NASCAR driver autograph session on Saturday from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm, and the UMC Kart Track will be open for kart rentals throughout the weekend. The UMC concession stands, operated by Rodizio Grill, will be open for business throughout the weekend and the Rodizio Grill restaurant will be open for business from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Saturday and from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday.
General admission tickets are priced at $30/day for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge. There are numerous options available, including racing plus dinner at Rodizio Grill ($45) and Patio Seating ($60) as well as VIP and RV/camping options.
For event or ticket questions, or for information regarding Utah Motorsports Campus, browse this website or call 435-277-8000. For more information about the NASCAR K&N Pro Series west, visit their website at http://hometracks.nascar.com/races/KN-Pro-Series-West. For information on NASA Utah, visit their website at www.NASAUtah.com. For information on the United States Touring Car Championship, visit their website at www.USTCC.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.
John Gardner, Public Relations Manager