It is a sad day for motorsports fans near Salt Lake City, as Miller Motorsports Park will cease operations at the end of October this year, the track has announced.
The news comes from the Larry H. Miller Group (LHM), the track operator, which has decided not to renew its lease with Toole County on the property, thus effectively closing the track and ceasing its operations.
This news will not affect the schedule of racing events (including the MotoAmerica round in June), driving schools, public karting access, and other group activities that are currently planned at the facility, but it does raise some question marks regarding what will happen to the space once the LHM is no longer running it.
“On behalf of my family, 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,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group.
The reality of course is that without a marquee racing series to bring in fans, like World Superbike, and a large racing community to pull from, Miller Motorsports Park was always going to struggle economically.
The track is situated too far from cities besides Salt Lake City, which itself is not large enough to support the behemoth property.
That is a sad reality because MMP is a fun track to ride and drive, it is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, and the facility’s amenities are top-notch when compared to the top circuits around the world.
This, however, is the current state of the industry and the economy, and perhaps an outcome we saw as possible with the Utah-based track was first announced in 2006. Thanks for the tip Andrei!