Miller Motorsports Park Closing In October

Miller Motorsports Park front straight AMA SuperSport

Miller Motorsports Park is nestled in the Tooele Valley, in the shadow of the Oquirrh Mountains.

Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park is closing. According to a press release issued by the track, “The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has elected not to renew its lease with Tooele County and will cease operation of Miller Motorsports Park at the end of the racing season on October 31, 2015. A full schedule of racing events, driving schools, public karting, and group activities will be held this summer as planned.”

That schedule includes the MotoAmerica Superbike Challenge on June 26-28. The track is located about half an hour from Salt Lake City and has four Alan Wilson-designed configurations: Full Course (4.486 miles); Perimeter Course (3.048 miles); East Course (2.242 miles); and West Course (2.183 miles). MotoAmerica will use the Perimeter Course for its three-day event.

“On behalf of my family,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, “I would like to thank all of those who have supported the track over the years, both locally and worldwide, for their enthusiasm and use of the facility.”

Since it opened in April, 2006, MMP, one of just four FIM-approved racetracks in the US, has hosted a wide variety of on- and off-road events, including both AMA and World Superbike races. I was one of a half-dozen journalists who braved a freak snowstorm that first spring to lap the West Course on the factory Hondas of Jake Zemke and Miguel Duhamel. While waiting for the snow to melt, I spent some time with the track’s namesake, Larry H. Miller.

“Miller’s passion,” I wrote following that initial visit, “is Ford GT40s and Shelby Mustangs. He originally saw MMP as playground for himself and his vintage-car-racing buddies. Now, just one year after breaking ground, what was originally envisioned as a $5 million outlay is fast approaching $80 million with four configurations, 22 GP-style garages, a separate kart/supermoto track, a museum, an upscale membership-only clubhouse, 100 acres of public parking, the list goes on. Miller’s intentions are clear: to build the best racetrack in America.”

Miller died in 2009 at age 64. His son, Roger, a part-time race-car driver, passed in 2013.

Will another another party take over ownership of the track? According to a story published in the Salt Lake City-based Deseret News, “Land adjacent to the track facility in Erda is one of five sites being considered by the Utah Legislature for the new Utah State Prison.”

Miller Motorsports Park front straight AMA SuperSport

Miller Motorsports Park is nestled in the Tooele Valley, in the shadow of the Oquirrh Mountains.

Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park is closing. According to a press release issued by the track, “The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has elected not to renew its lease with Tooele County and will cease operation of Miller Motorsports Park at the end of the racing season on October 31, 2015. A full schedule of racing events, driving schools, public karting, and group activities will be held this summer as planned.”

That schedule includes the MotoAmerica Superbike Challenge on June 26-28. The track is located about half an hour from Salt Lake City and has four Alan Wilson-designed configurations: Full Course (4.486 miles); Perimeter Course (3.048 miles); East Course (2.242 miles); and West Course (2.183 miles). MotoAmerica will use the Perimeter Course for its three-day event.

“On behalf of my family,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, “I would like to thank all of those who have supported the track over the years, both locally and worldwide, for their enthusiasm and use of the facility.”

Since it opened in April, 2006, MMP, one of just four FIM-approved racetracks in the US, has hosted a wide variety of on- and off-road events, including both AMA and World Superbike races. I was one of a half-dozen journalists who braved a freak snowstorm that first spring to lap the West Course on the factory Hondas of Jake Zemke and Miguel Duhamel. While waiting for the snow to melt, I spent some time with the track’s namesake, Larry H. Miller.

“Miller’s passion,” I wrote following that initial visit, “is Ford GT40s and Shelby Mustangs. He originally saw MMP as playground for himself and his vintage-car-racing buddies. Now, just one year after breaking ground, what was originally envisioned as a $5 million outlay is fast approaching $80 million with four configurations, 22 GP-style garages, a separate kart/supermoto track, a museum, an upscale membership-only clubhouse, 100 acres of public parking, the list goes on. Miller’s intentions are clear: to build the best racetrack in America.”

Miller died in 2009 at age 64. His son, Roger, a part-time race-car driver, passed in 2013.

Will another another party take over ownership of the track? According to a story published in the Salt Lake City-based Deseret News, “Land adjacent to the track facility in Erda is one of five sites being considered by the Utah Legislature for the new Utah State Prison.”

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