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TOOELE VALLEY -- After an unusual weekend with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and Mud Run MS, normal service will resume at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend, August 20-21.
There will be action on both the East and West Courses of the main road racing track as well as kart racing at the Miller Kart Track to satisfy fans' need for speed.
The Miller Park Racing Association (MPRA), MMP's local sports car racing series, will contest the fifth round of this year's seven-round championship on the 2.18-mile West Course. Each round includes two races, one each on Saturday and Sunday. Competing cars run the gamut from Mazda Miatas to Ford Mustangs, Porsche 911s and Chevrolet Corvettes as well as single-seat, open-wheeled formula cars. Also appearing on Saturday is Round 5 of the 2011 Lap Battle championship, a locally-based eight-round Time Attack series. Lap Battle offers rear-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive classes for both street and race cars. The Lap Battle contestants will also take to the track on Sunday, but in a non-competitive, Open Track Day format.
Meanwhile, MMP's local motorcycle road racing championship, the Masters of the Mountains series, will hold the fifth round of this year's seven-race championship. The series was developed by Miller Motorsports Park and is run by the Utah Sport Bike Association (UtahSBA). Riders will be competing on the 2.24-mile East Course in 19 different classes. Saturday's schedule includes practice and qualifying sessions plus a 90-minute endurance race, with sprint races scheduled for Sunday.
For more information, visit the UtahSBA's website at www.UtahSBA.com.
On Saturday only, the Utah Kart Championship presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will be racing at the Miller Kart Track. This will be Round 10 of the 15-round series. The championship has 12 classes, based on age and engine size/type. Ages range from five to 65; and the karts can range in top speed from 25 mph to 95 mph, depending on class.
Admission for this weekend is priced at $6 per day for adults, and kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
MMP is busy making plans for Labor Day weekend, September 3-4, when the facility will host Bike Fest 2011. This weekend will give fans a chance to enjoy the past, present and future of motorcycle racing. The past is represented by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association's Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, featuring bikes ranging from the 1940s (and, in some cases, older) to the 1980s. MMP's own Masters of the Mountains series, organized by the Utah Sport Bike Association, represents the state of the art in contemporary sport bike racing. Representing what may well be the future of two-wheel tech is the TTXGP series, the world's premier electric motorcycle championship, making its first appearance at MMP. The development of electric motorcycles - particularly electric racing motorcycles - is in its infancy, and we are thrilled to be able to be a part of the growth of this exciting technology.
Also, on September 7, as part of our final Wide Open Wednesday of the season, Miller Motorsports Park will be hosting Drive Away Hunger, a charity event designed to support the Tooele Food Bank, which has recently been struggling to stay open due to lack of food donations. Drive Away Hunger allows fans to drive their street car on the racetrack under controlled conditions in exchange for a donation of food or cash. Details will be coming soon, so stay tuned and let's have some fun to benefit a great cause!
For ticket and facility information, visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223).