Utah Motorsports Campus Overhead

 

 

Geely Purchases Utah Motorsports Campus

 

Geely division Mitime Utah Investment, LLC purchases 511-acre facility

 

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (November 5, 2018) — The racing facility known as Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) has changed ownership. Following a vote by the Tooele County Commissioners, Tooele County has agreed to sell Utah Motorsports Campus to Mitime Utah Investment, LLC (Mitime).

 

Mitime is a subsidiary of the Geely Holding Group of China, a publicly-traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that is currently ranked 267 on the Fortune Global 500 list. Geely Motors is the largest private automobile manufacturer in China; in addition to its own Geely-branded cars, the company also owns the Volvo, Polestar, Proton (which includes Lotus), Lynk & Co and London Taxi Cab brands as well as the Terrafugia flying car brand. Geely operates manufacturing plants in China, the United States, England, Sweden, Belgium, Belarus, Australia and Malaysia. Geely is also the largest private shareholder of stock in Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

 

The company has plans to build 10 similarly-sized racetracks in China; the first one, Ningbo International Circuit, opened in 2017 and the second track is currently under construction. Geely also owns and operates the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship and is preparing to launch an entry in the FIA World Touring Car Championship under the Lynk & Co banner.

 

“We are thrilled to finally consummate this agreement to purchase Utah Motorsports Campus,” said William Lee, vice president of Mitime. “This facility is a perfect fit with our company’s other enterprises, and we are looking forward to making it bigger and better in the future.

 

“We very much appreciate the efforts of Tooele County to make this effort come to fruition, and we are humbled by the outstanding support we have received from the people of Utah since we began operating the facility.”

 

“We are really excited about the future of UMC, and we have significant plans for the facility,” said Willem Geyer, CEO of UMC. “We are studying the viability of adding various race tracks, entertainment venues and supporting infrastructure that will not only solidify our position as one of Utah’s major entertainment facilities but also ensure that UMC will be a profitable venture for the first time in its history.”

 

The sale of UMC includes the racetrack as well as all buildings and physical assets in addition to the 511-acre property. Current leases with tenants, event organizers and race sanctioning bodies will be honored under the agreement but may be subject to changes in 2019.

 

Originally built as Miller Motorsports Park by the late Utah businessman Larry H. Miller and designed by renowned track designer Alan Wilson, the venue opened in 2006 to international acclaim. The track was named “Motorsports Facility of the Year” in its debut season by the Motorsports World Expo in Cologne, Germany. The campus includes a multi-configurational 4.438-mile road racing circuit, a 0.9-mile, multi-configurational kart track, an off-road short course, a rock-crawling course and the Nitro World Games rallycross track.

 

During its history, the circuit has hosted many of the world’s top racing series, including the FIM Superbike World Championship, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Road Racing Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, AMA Supermoto Championship, the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), Stars of Karting and many more.

 

The Miller family operated the facility under a lease agreement with Tooele County, which owned the property. When the 10-year lease expired in 2015, the Miller family declined to extend the agreement and the track fell under the supervision of the county. Mitime attempted to purchase the track then, but legal battles postponed the sale until now. In order to keep the facility functional and viable, the county hired the Mitime group – which included many of the employees from Miller Motorsports Park – to manage and maintain the facility beginning in 2016. The named was changed to Utah Motorsports Campus at that time to eliminate confusion.

 

Under Mitime’s management, the facility has made significant efforts to cut costs and broaden the variety of events it hosts. In 2018 the track hosted MotoAmerica, Pirelli World Challenge, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the AHRMA Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, plus a full slate of amateur racing for sports cars, motorcycles, karts and off-road vehicles and a number of open track days for both cars and bikes. In September, UMC hosted Travis Pastrana’s innovative Nitro World Games, including the world debut of Nitro Rallycross, which was a huge success. Non-racing events included two Lantern Fests, two big car shows and numerous corporate events.

 

The 2019 schedule of events for UMC will be released in the near future.

 

For event or ticket information, or for questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000 or visit the track’s website at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com

 

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2018 NITRO WORLD GAMES DELIVERS UNRIVALED, ACTION PACKED COMPETITIONS AS PROMISED

 

TIMMY HANSEN TAKES HOME THE INAUGURAL NITRO RALLYCROSS WIN WHILE PAT BOWDEN SECURES A FIRST PLACE FMX BEST TRICK FINISH AND COLBY RAHA SENDS IT TO THE MOON 

EARNING HIMSELF FIRST IN FMX QUARTERPIPE

 

Nitro Rally Cross at UMC

 

Salt Lake City, UT – Nitro World Games raised the bar with the competition additions of Nitro Rallycross and FMX Quarterpipe and over delivered with a high velocity, action packed weekend enjoyed by fans in Utah and from around the world on Velocity, theMotor Trend App, and on Facebook.

 

FMX Best Trick

 

Sunday’s competitions kicked off with the world’s best riders getting technical for FMX Best Trick. Adam Jones came out swinging throwing down a massive cliffhanger flip earning him a high score and giving him an early lead. Pat Bowden, two-time Nitro World Games FMX Best Trick podium finisher stepped it up with a flawless Look Back Christ Air Flip that shot him into first place. Last up was Josh Sheehan. Sheehan, the one they call the Unicorn, had his sights on first with his Kiss of Death Double Flip but he over rotated and got caught up in his rear wheel (the tire even tore his jersey off). With just one chance left, Sheehan was able to battle fear and wind to land his KOD Double Flip, but it wasn’t quite clean enough to secure him first place.

 

FMX Best Trick Final Results

 

PLACE

NAME

NAT

1st

Pat Bowden

AUS

2nd

Josh Sheehan

AUS

3rd

Adam Jones

USA

 

Nitro World Games at UMC

 

Nitro Rallycross

 

An absolutely insane, exhilarating, action packed day of racing left fans and drivers filled with adrenaline and with smiles on their faces. The innovative course design delivered the most exciting racing seen at any rally race, ever. In the words of Timmy Hansen describing the event in one word, “Unreal”.

 

During Semifinal 1, Timmy Hansen successfully fought off the likes of Steve Arpin, Tanner Foust, and Chris Atkinson while in Semifinal 2, Scott Speed took the top spot with Mattias Ekstrom, Travis Pastrana, and Patrik Sandell close behind. Then heading into the Final where already intense racing only increased, eight drivers lined up on the grid ready for combat. Timmy Hansen held his own keeping Mattias Ekstrom at bay with Tanner Foust close in behind. 

 

Nitro Rallycross Final Results

 

PLACE

NAME

NAT

1st

Timmy Hansen

SWE

2nd

Mattias Eckstrom

SWE

3rd

Tanner Foust

USA

 

 

 

Nitro World Games Trophys

 

FMX Quarterpipe

 

The world’s largest mechanical FMX Quarterpipe did not disappoint. The competition began with riders finding their footing on the massive behemoth, but it quickly escalated to them sending it to the moon. In the final round it was down to Colby Raha and Axell Hodges continuously one-upping each other until Raha landed an unprecedented 45.2’ jump off the Nitro World Games Quarterpipe earning him the title of champion and taking home gold.

 

Nitro FMX Quarterpipe in Utah

 

About Nitro World Games

 

Created by Nitro Circus and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike in its 2016 debut. Now, with the addition of Nitro Rallycross and FMX Quarterpipe, Nitro World Games has revolutionized action sports competition once again.

  

Nitro World Games 2018 sponsors include the Utah Sports Commission, Red Bull, Kevlar, Yokohama, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, United States Air Force, Subaru, Volkswagen, and cbdMD.

 

Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission said, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with one of the top action sports events in the world, the Nitro World Games, that also brings significant economic impact and extensive international exposure to our great State.”

 

“We are so excited to team up with Red Bull for Nitro Rallycross,” said Travis Pastrana. “The years of experience in the sport they bring to the table validates our vision for the best rallycross event in the world.” 

 

“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Nitro World Games in 2018 and especially excited to be able to showcase our product this year,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire, Vice President of Marketing. “We’ve got a great history and a lot of experience in Rallycross and will be bringing the ADVAN A054 as the official spec tire for the NRX competition.  Our tire, combined with these drivers on Nitro’s track, is going to make for some great racing.”

 

For more information head to NitroWorldGames.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

Nitro World Games Logo

EXCITEMENT BUILDS AS NITRO WORLD GAMES

COMPETITORS ARRIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY

 

NITRO RALLYCROSS REVEALS INNOVATIVE COURSE RENDERINGS THAT INCLUDE BIG JUMPS, BANKED TURNS, AND MORE DIRT

 

SEPT 22nd& 23rd: WITNESS NITRO RALLYCROSS

 AND CATCH THE HIGH FLYING FMX COMPETITIONS 

LIVE AT UTAH MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS

 

 NRX Rallycross Utah  NWG Bike

 

Salt Lake City – The world’s best Rallycross drivers and FMX athletes have arrived in Salt Lake City for the planet’s premier action sports competition. With the weekend’s action forecast calling for high speeds, record setting heights, and an increased chance of excitement, fans can expect a high-adrenaline weekend thanks to the third annual Nitro World Games. Tickets are still available at NitroWorldGames.com

 

The flag drops on Saturday, September 22ndwith the inaugural Nitro Rallycross qualifying races going down at Utah Motorsports Campus. Top drivers including Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Travis Pastrana, Mattias Ekstrom, Chris Atkinson, Steve Aripin, Patrik Sandell, and Timmy Hansen will go head-to-head on their journey to the first ever NRX podium. Nine renowned drivers each with their own unique style plan to do whatever it takes to make it to the finals. Of the initial nine, only three drivers will make it straight to the semifinals while the remaining six will be left to battle it out in Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ). Of the six LCQ drivers fighting for a spot in semifinals, three will make it through putting the semifinal field at a solid six.

 

Moving into Sunday, six elite drivers will go head-to-head in an intense semifinal where two drivers will be eliminated from the field. From there, the final four will battle it out on the one of a kind rallycross track that features one of the largest jumps in Rallycross history. Click here for an exclusive interview with Travis Pastrana on Nitro Rallycross.

 

NRX Saturday, Sept 22nd:

 

-       Nitro RallycrossQualifiers and Heat Races: Gates Open at 11AM

 

 

NRX Sunday, Sept 23rd:

 

-       Nitro Rallycross Semi-Finals and Finals: Gates open at 11AM

 

Nitro World Games Rallycross Track

 

FMX Quarterpipe

 

The Nitro World Games FMX Quarterpipe is a one of a kind, innovative beast that stands 32’ tall, 70’ wide, and is the largest mechanical moto quarterpipe in the world. With such a massive field of play, fans can expect the moto world height record to be shattered. Only six riders were brave enough to step up and attempt to conquer the beast in its Nitro World Games debut. Fan favorite Axell Hodges looks to carry his success from X Games into this year’s Nitro World Games while Colby Raha and underdog Corey Creed know they have what it takes to pull off an upset. Rounding out the field is a highly talented group of riders that include X Games step-up champ Jarryd McNeil, Kohl Denney, and Elijah Aldoff.

 

Formatting will be simple. Riders will have two attempts to make it over the starting height. Once all riders have made it over the baseline height, Nitro World Games officials will raise the distance to clear by six feet. Any rider who fails to clear the set height with their two attempts will be knocked out of the competition. Finally, when the field is down to two riders, they will go head to head trading turns on the ramp as they raise the bar, but the riders will always have one last chance to one-up the other rider until a rider misses the set height twice or declines to attempt the set height. 

 

FMX Quarterpipe Sunday Sept 23rd:

 

-      FMX Quarterpipe Finals: Gates open at 11AM

  

 

Nitro World Games Quaterpipe 1 

 

FMX Best Trick

 

Back by popular demand, the record-shattering Nitro World Games FMX Best Trick competition returns to Salt Lake City for its third year. During the inaugural 2016, Nitro World Games fans witnessed Gregg Duffy take home gold by landing an unbelievable double front flip on a motorcycle. In 2017, we saw Australian madman Harry Bink land the world’s first front flip rock solid on a motorcycle, and as we head into the 2018 Nitro World Games, only time will tell what we’ll see accomplished this year.

 

Each athlete will be given two attempts to execute the best trick of their choice with judges scoring on degree of difficulty in real-time.

 

FMX Best Trick Sunday, Sept 23rd

 

-      FMX Best Trick Finals: Gates open at 11AM

 

FMX Utah

 

 

On-Site Fun Zone

 

Aside from the action, there is tons happening at Nitro World Games you won’t want to miss!

 

VOLKSWAGEN 

Come check out the latest customized rides of the Volkswagen enthusiast fleet.  There will be a 2018 Atlas, 2018 Golf R, 2018 Tiguan R-Line, 2019 Jetta R-Line, and 2019 Arteon and more on display.  Grab a customized dog tag and register for additional premiums.  Activities like the Atlas Cargo challenge, PLINKO, and a bicycle spin art activity are fun for the whole family.  Make sure to check the schedule for the autograph session with Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

 

Plus - the Volkswagen Driving Experience will be offering test drives this weekend.  Take a drive in the 2018 Atlas, 2018 Tiguan, 2018 Passat, 2019 Jetta or the 2018 GTI.  This on-track experience will not want to be missed.  

 

YOKOHAMA

For the ultimate Instagram opportunity – visit the Yokohama booth. You can sit in the real Action Figure 2 movie rally car with a crazy explosion in the background. They’ll animate it. You share it.

 

And if that wasn’t enough – they are also hosting meet and greets with the athletes. Travis Pastrana and Bilko will be hanging out with the Yokohama guys and looking forward to meeting you. Come along and say hi to a couple of heroes. 

 

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The Hangar experience:

  • The U.S. Air Force has created a hands-on innovative experience – The Hangar mobile tour – that puts visitors in the shoes of aircraft Maintainers, in which potential recruits can engage with Air Force personnel in a high-pressure, challenging atmosphere.
  • By putting potential recruits into the environment of an Airmen, it inspires them to consider the Air Force as a full-time career by educating them on the career path and seeing which recruits are naturally skilled.
  • Designed to look like an Air Force aircraft hangar, the tour is comprised of two 39’ trailers connected by a curved canopy to emulate the raised ceiling 
    • Features six different experiences featuring technologies such as LeapMotion, Kinect, HoloLens and more

 

 

HYPER

These guys will be showcasing the Nitro Circus BMX Bike at their booth. And check out the product giveaways they’re doing – where you’ll be in with the chance to win.

 

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

With over 30,000 exhibits, the Ripley collection represents 100 years of collecting everything from unusual art, to oddities and historical artifacts. The exhibit at the Ripley tent embraces the spirit of Nitro World Games — with a Ripley twist, of course! Visitors can see the smallest road-legal car ever manufactured, a motorcycle made entirely of animal bones and even a car-shaped coffin from Africa!

 

DRIFTING 

Don’t miss your chance for the thrill of a lifetime. Ride and slide right seat with a professional drifter for only $10.

Drifting rides will be 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days.

 

PLUS there will be food options, screens and restrooms all in the sponsor activation zone.  And don’t forget to check out the beer garden when you’re ready for refreshments!

 

About Utah Motorsports Campus

Utah Motorsports Campus is one of the premier facilities in the industry. It has hosted some of the most prestigious car and motorcycle racing series in the world, including the Pirelli World Challenge and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championship for cars, as well as the MotoAmerica Superbike Challenge for motorcycles. The facility also fosters the growth of motorsports with a variety of other professional and amateur racing series. Located just a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah Motorsports Campus has been an integral part of the state’s sports culture and motorsports scene for over a decade.  

 

About Nitro World Games

Created by Nitro Circus and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike in its 2016 debut. Over 25,000 people saw it all go down live in Salt Lake City, while viewer numbers for its live TV broadcast surpassed all expectations and Nitro Circus' global livestream reached a hungry audience worldwide. 

 

Now, with the addition of Nitro Rallycross and FMX Quarterpipe, Nitro World Games is set to revolutionize action sports competition once again. Further announcements regarding BMX, Skate and Scooter are coming soon, as well as more details on how fans outside of Salt Lake City can watch the action.

  

Nitro World Games 2018 sponsors include the Utah Sports Commission, Red Bull, Kevlar, Yokohama, United States Air Force, Subaru and Volkswagen. 

 

Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission said, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with one of the top action sports events in the world, the Nitro World Games, that also brings significant economic impact and extensive international exposure to our great State.”

 

“We are so excited to team up with Red Bull for Nitro Rallycross,” said Travis Pastrana. “The years of experience in the sport they bring to the table validates our vision for the best rallycross event in the world.” 

 

“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Nitro World Games in 2018 and especially excited to be able to showcase our product this year,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire, Vice President of Marketing. “We’ve got a great history and a lot of experience in Rallycross and will be bringing the ADVAN A054 as the official spec tire for the NRX competition.  Our tire, combined with these drivers on Nitro’s track, is going to make for some great racing.”

For more information head to NitroWorldGames.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Lucas Oil Off Road Utah

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Returns This Weekend

 

‘Motorized mayhem’ predicted for first UMC night race

 

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (August 21, 2018) — The staff at Utah Motorsports Campus is gearing up for one of their most popular events of the year as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns this Friday and Saturday, August 24-25.

 

This year’s event should be even more exciting than usual, as the off-road trucks and buggies will be racing at night, under the lights, for the first time at UMC.

 

“Everybody loves the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series,” said Willem Geyer, general manager of UMC. “This year, under the lights, the racing should be fantastic! We’re certainly looking forward to it, and we’re sure our great fans will enjoy the series more than ever.”

 

Nine different classes will compete on UMC’s Off Road Short Course, ranging from the small off-road karts and buggies for kids up to the fire-breathing, 900-hp two- and four-wheel-drive trucks in the Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes.

 

Gates will open at 1pm both days, with the kids’ classes kicking off the action at 4:30 pm. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7pm, with feature races following immediately thereafter. With the races at night, fans will be able to see the flames, sparks and red-hot brake discs that are normally not visible in the daytime, adding even more flavor to what is generally considered to be a “war on wheels.” The powerful trucks and buggies will get airborne a couple of times each lap, and vehicle-to-vehicle contact – plus the resultant damage – is the norm rather than the exception.

 

This weekend’s races will be a double-header, Rounds 7 and 8 of the series’ 12-round 2018 championship with practice, qualifying and racing each night, and the title fights are tightening up, adding even more urgency to the competition.

 

Fans will be able to stroll through the entire paddock, getting up close and personal with the vehicles, teams and drivers. Driver autograph sessions are scheduled for 4pm each day. In addition, the UMC Kart Center will be open for kart rentals and there will be numerous food trucks onsite for fans’ dining pleasure. The Rodizio Grill onsite will also be serving dinner both nights.

 

Tickets for the event are available online at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com or at the gate. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free of charge, and there are VIP and camping options available.

 

Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.

 

Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, which operates Utah Motorsports Campus, has agreed with the Tooele County Board of Commissioners to an extension of the existing facility management agreement through December 31, 2018.

 

For event or ticket information, or for questions regarding UMC, call 435-277-8000 or visit the track’s website at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com.

 

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Photo Caption: The high-flying, door-banging, 900-hp trucks of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series return to Utah Motorsports Campus this Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, for their first-ever night race at the Utah facility. (Photo courtesy UMC/Jeremy Henrie)