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Monday, July 11, 2011

New Off-Road Racing Track At Miller Motorsports Park

Miller Motorsports Park operates very successful facilities for automobile and motorcycle racing. Now, it has added a new 22-acre off-road racing track that is proving to be popular with visitors. The park is located about 30 minutes west of Salt Lake City, just south of the Great Salt Lake.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the new track. Below are excerpts.

This weekend will be one of the busiest racing days of the season. The off-road track will be in use again, as the American Rock Sports Challenge makes it debut at the park. This unique race combines short track racing with the technical aspects of rock climbing.

MMP overhauled its off-road facility with $250,000 in upgrades. Improvements included a redesigned track, stadium seating and more shade for spectators.

“It creates the ability for the fan to be close to the action. It’s actually close enough to flip mud on your clothes,” said Bryan Miller, assistant general manager.

The off-road course is also open to the public, so amateur drivers can use their own vehicle and feel the same rush of adrenaline that the pros feel. The cost is $50, and vehicles must pass a rigorous safety check before getting on the track. On Sunday, 13-year-old Tucker Cornia took to the course.

“You can go as fast as you want,” he said. “It’s really cool, my brother and I just tore it up. We hit every jump as fast as we could — takes your breath away.”

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