TOOELE The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series rolls into town this weekend for its final race of the year, where champions will be crowned in both the Grand Touring and the Daytona Prototype divisions.
Miller MotorSports Park will host this feature race on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. But that is merely the headliner event for a lineup that will feature five different racing series beginning with the Ford Mustang Challenge at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Admission is free.
On Sunday, the Koni Challenge begins at 11 a.m. and a second Ford Mustang Challenge concludes the day at 3:45 p.m. In between those two events, for the Atlantic Championship and the Mazda MX 5 Cup will be staged.
Racing enthusiasts will see world-class cars and drivers this weekend as the team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have virtually clinched the DP title, having won at Daytona earlier this year in a 24-hour race that is the longest on the circuit. The Miller MotorSports course is the second-longest race in the series at seven hours.
The media were treated with rides on Thursday in Wayne Taylor's car that won the 2005 Grand-Am. But the 52-year-old Taylor has cut back his schedule of driving and focuses mostly on the business side of the company that he owns, Wayne Taylor Racing.
He previously won at Le Mans and twice he garnered the first-place trophy at the Rolex Series in Daytona. The native South African has also won at Sebring. Several other drivers who are racing here have put together similar racing resumes. He is an example of the many drivers here that have won similarly.
All the drivers rave about the facilities that have been created by Larry H. Miller. Speeds approach 200 miles per hour on this course designed by Alan Wilson, one of two renowned race-track designers in the world.
Wilson has stayed on as CEO and he runs the facility. Media manager John Gardner says the course is known for its safety. It is a custom-designed type of pavement that is also known for its durability.
There are 27 garages in the facility, all with wireless hookups and other amenities not found any place else."We have participants from 30 countries," Gardner said. "We just need to get the people from this valley to realize how big this all is."