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A look back, and sometimes forward, on the sport of racing

Are you planning to hold an outdoor go-kart racing event? Does it require you to cater to hundreds of people? Well, whatever it is that you need, you are required to put plenty of time and patience in figuring out which venue is best to carry out your plans. 

If there is one thing you must get right in the planning process, it is the venue you choose. After all, it is the first thing that people will see, and most stay for the duration of the occasion. For that reason, the venue should be well-thought-of to set the right tone for everyone to enjoy your event. 

Here are five factors you need to keep in mind to help you select the right venue:


  1. Location

When you start looking for a site, don't look for one buried deep in the mountains, nor one that's hidden away in the city. 

What we're trying to say is that you should choose a place that's easy to reach. It also helps if the place is available for the entire duration of the event. With that, check if public transportation can bring guests to the venue quickly, whether that is a taxi from the airport, and so on. Check if there is on-site parking as well for those coming with their own vehicles.


  1. Date

While most might disregard this as an essential factor other than setting a day to arrive, the date of choice can affect the overall event experience.

For example, some months are more prone to rain than others. If your venue is outdoors, like go-karting, you must opt for a day during the dry season. Another thing you'll have to take into consideration is the demand for the said venue during certain seasons. If you're planning to book during a festive month, such as December, you might need to book much in advance.

In other words, choose your date carefully and book as soon as possible.


  1. Cost

One of the factors that will affect your choice of the venue the most will be the budget you set for it. If you've found the perfect place in the ideal location, but the price is double that of your budget, ignore it.

There are different costs to be considered. Costs can include rentals, room prices, minimum spend, cost per head, and so on. Know what fees you're going to pay for and how much that cost is before you agree to rent the venue.


  1. Capacity

The number of guests will also help you determine your choice of venue. This is also great to decide early on, as it will help you eliminate some venues that are either way too big or too small. 

Choose a venue that's perfectly suited to cater to the number of people you have in mind. This will not only help you save money but will also contribute to creating the ideal experience that everyone can enjoy.

One thing to note, though, is that more guests might arrive than expected, some might be even uninvited. With that said, it helps to book a slightly oversized venue rather than one that can only accommodate the exact number of guests you are expecting.


  1. Facilities and Services

Each venue comes with its own services and facilities, and the ones you need will depend on your event. Services like catering, AV services, and so on, along with facilities, such as kitchen and parking, are just examples of what these venues offer. 

Write down what you'll need exactly from the venue and note down the cost for each aspect. By doing that, not only will you be able to make sure you get what you need, but that you won't go over budget.

In conclusion, don't end up paying extra for things you don't need, and do not end up in a venue that cannot adequately cater to the guests, as well as carry out your event. Pay attention to the factors we've shared with you to help you select the right venue.

With that said, if you’re looking for a go-kart outdoor racing track in Salt Lake City, Utah, get in touch with UMC today! We’re happy to help and look forward to seeing you burn rubber on the track!

Racing requires more than natural talent to become a successful racer. It entails hours and hours of practice before you can speed around the track with utmost confidence. You will also need various levels of experience before you can call yourself an expert who can race at the top speeds.

If you want to hone your skills in racing, keep on reading to find out the four practices for driving fast on a racetrack.


  •  Drive smoothly for increased speed

When manipulating your steering wheel, keep in mind that the smoother you drive, the faster you can go. Driving smoothly requires that you stay away from jerky movements on the wheels to avoid sudden on and offs of the brakes and accelerator. Also, don’t be tempted to make sudden irregular movements. It will help if you practice proper discipline to drive smoothly instead of pushing your car beyond its limit.


  • Find the best position on the steering wheel

To make the most out of your performance when driving, position yourself at the left and right sides of the steering wheel. This position will offer better control and flexibility when turning at speed. It is also a safer position since if the airbag goes off, your hands will receive the impact, not your face. Also, avoid holding the steering wheel at the usual upper corners of the wheel. Take note that the key is to have balance and control to achieve a fast and steady pace, instead of a temporary increase in speed.


  •  Practice proper braking

Unlike driving on a regular car, you don’t have to worry about coasting when you’re driving a racecar. If your aim is to drive fast, you only need a second or two before stepping on the brakes. This is a challenging feat because you run the risk of losing control of the wheels. To make sure you can manage the faster brakes, practice proper braking by making use of markers, as they should indicate where to start braking. Keep in mind that you can earn faster track times if you master holding the speed longer while managing short brakes.


  •  Master the track

Whether you have an actual race soon or even if you’re merely practicing, you need to familiarize and master your racetrack. The more you study the track you’re driving on, the more you can imagine the speed required for every turn and foresee the moments when you need to brake. If you can navigate your track masterfully, you can gauge the distances and elevation changes. Practice by doing simulations while walking the track on foot to help you feel the terrain of the track.

You can also practice the track by driving without speeding up and take the time to feel how your vehicle is reacting to every turn. Keep in mind that many factors can affect your vehicle’s condition, such as temperature and humidity. The more you can master the track and how your vehicle reacts to it, the more you can speed up without going beyond your car’s limit.



To become a true racecar driver, you need discipline and determination to practice your racetrack, and in the Salt Lake City metro area there is no better place than Utah Motorsports Campus. Follow these four practices mentioned above to achieve the speed that you desire. Remember, practice makes perfect, and the more work you put in, the faster you’ll become in due time.

Looking to go car racing in Utah? Get in touch with us today to book your session.

When the holidays roll around, one of the biggest dilemmas facing corporate or group party/event planners is where to hold your company’s or group’s Christmas party.

It’s not a simple decision-making process. You have to have a venue that is nicely appointed, large enough to accommodate the number of people involved, an accessible location and – most importantly – appropriate high-quality food and beverages.

For many of these decision-makers, a racetrack might not be top of mind. But perhaps it should be.

Although it enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the finest racing facilities in North America, Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) is increasing in popularity as one of Utah’s premier event venues for group and corporate gatherings, conventions, meetings and parties – even Christmas parties!

UMC’s tagline is “More Than a Racetrack,” and we take it seriously.

Our state-of-the-art, 511-acre facility is conveniently located just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, nestled in the picturesque Tooele Valley and framed by the Oquirrh and Stansbury mountain ranges. If you are hosting a Christmas event or party, our team of expert event planners can put together a package that will send your guests home with smiles on their face and experiences to cherish.

UMC has a variety of meeting spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes. From classrooms and hospitality suites to our Legends Hall banquet facility, we can provide the perfect Christmas event venue to meet your requirements and help accomplish your goals. Full audio-visual support is available, as are WiFi and catering. No matter the size of your group or any special requests or themes, we’ve been there and done that. Let us combine our remarkable facility with our event-planning expertise to create the perfect Christmas event for your group.

We can tailor a holiday event for groups ranging in size from 10 to 10,000, with exciting interactive experiences, catering to meet any price point, a variety of meeting or hospitality spaces and unique custom touches that are only limited by your imagination.

No matter where you go, a successful Christmas event or party can succeed or fail based on the quality of the food service. Our professional food service team offers a menu to fit any budget, ranging from casual hot dogs and hamburgers to elegant pre-plated dinners with china and linens. We also offer beer and full alcohol services, as well as audio-visual support and WiFi.

At UMC, we’re experts at hosting Christmas parties and gatherings. We’ve been doing it for years, and we can help you create an event that will create happy memories for your guests. We offer a menu of fun events, a variety of meeting rooms, lots of open space, generous parking and a friendly and helpful staff with tons of experience. No matter how many people you want to invite, we can make it happen, limited only by your budget and imagination.

Drive your Christmas gathering into victory lane with Utah Motorsports Campus!

For more information, visit our website or submit a Request for Proposal.

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Utah Automotive Events Center

There may be no better place in the State of Utah to stage an automotive event than Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC).

UMC is an internationally renowned, world-class motorsports facility located in the Tooele Valley between the Oquirrh and Stansbury mountain ranges just south of the Great Salt Lake. We are a convenient 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City and only 20 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.

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, plus acres of both paved and gravel parking lots.

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.

If you are considering hosting an automotive event, let UMC’s knowledgeable and experienced Events staff customize your perfect outing. If you can dream it up, we can make it happen, and in most cases, it will be something we have done before.

Car shows, new-model introductions, television commercials and show productions, manufacturer ride-and-drives, dealer training, vehicle dynamics demonstrations, research and development, testing or racing? Been there, done that. Sports cars, stock cars, motorcycles, off-road vehicles? Whatever you have is no problem.

With the variety of surfaces that we can provide, in addition to full catering services, meeting spaces, audio/video capability, and other custom touches, we can help you produce your best-ever Utah automotive event, ensuring that you get the maximum bang for your buck.

When you are ready to stage a unique, convenient Utah automotive event at a world-class venue with an experienced and helpful staff and lots of options for creativity, we hope you’ll consider Utah Motorsports Campus. Give us a call and let us see what we can do to make your vision a reality!