NASA Utah Region, Sports Cars
With the recent announcement that the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will be coming to Miller Motorsports Park on August 17, 2013, the remainder of the track’s 2013 schedule has now been finalized and season passes are now on sale at a substantial discount.
The 2013 schedule will be quite a bit different from recent years, with the first major event of the season not taking place until late June and a jam-packed schedule throughout August and September, but track officials are pleased with the number and variety of events planned.
“Our 2013 schedule of events provides our fans with an interesting variety of competition, including sports cars, stock cars, motorcycles and off-road racing,” said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “We had a tremendous season in 2012, and we’re looking forward to a bigger and better season in 2013. We are happy to be able to offer our fans a great opportunity to purchase season tickets for a limited time at a significantly discounted rate.”
The first major event of 2013 will be the fourth annual visit by the popular Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, which will return on the weekend of June 22-23. The series will compete on the high-speed Off Road Short Course, and its high-flying, door-banging excitement has proven to be extremely popular with Utah fans.
August will be the big month for motorcycle racing enthusiasts, kicking off with the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series on August 3-4, featuring four different championships – the National Guard SuperBike Championship, GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Championship and the Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship. Unlike in recent years, when the AMA Pro Road Racing groups supported the FIM Superbike World Championship, this year will be a full double-header weekend, with two races for all four classes.
Two weeks later, on August 17, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will make its first appearance in Utah since 1973, racing on a brand-new, purpose-built, national-caliber track located in the infield of the main road racing track at Miller Motorsports Park. This exciting event will bring the same household-name action-sports stars such as Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto who have packed the house at the Salt Lake City AMA Supercross event in recent years.
The final major event of the season will take place over the weekend of September 14-15, as the Utah Grand Prix returns with the seventh annual appearance by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The thundering stock cars will be joined by the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy West and other series to be named in the near future.
In addition to the major events, there is a wide selection of other mid-level events to attract fans in 2013. These include the Ultra4 American Rock Sports Challenge off-road event on July 13, WERA Motorcycle Road Racing on July 27-28, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah bicycle race in early August (exact dates not yet determined), the Sports Car Club of America Utah Region’s annual “Great Salt Race” on August 10-11, the Utah Fast Pass on August 19, the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix on August 31 – September 1, the return of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championships after a two-year absence on September 7-8, CruiserFest ’13 as a standalone event on September 21-22 and the Million Miles at Miller charity bicycle event on September 28.
Miller Motorsports Park’s four amateur racing championships will continue in 2013 as well. The sports cars of the NASA Utah Region presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will contest a seven-round championship, while the Masters of the Mountains motorcycle racing series organized by the Utah Sport Bike Association will run a six-race title chase. The ever-growing Utah Kart Championship presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will have a 10-round championship in 2013, and the Lucas Oil Off Road Regional Series – Utah will return for its second full season with a five-race schedule of events.