Just ten short years. That’s all it took for Miller Motorsports Park, the longest road course in America, to go from breaking ground to closing up shop.
Located 35 minutes outside Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah, Miller Motorsports Park has hosted professional car and motorcycle racing as well as a wide range of club racing, track days, and kart racing.
Ground breaking on the 4.5-mile circuit took place on April 26, 2005, with the track opening for action on April 1, 2006. Today, sources at the track have confirmed it will be closed, ceasing operations on October 31, 2015.
Miller Motorsports Park is operated by the Larry H. Miller Group, which announced today that it would not renew its lease of the facility, reports KUTV.
Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group, said in a statement, “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.”
Road racing in America—especially on four wheels—has seen a rough go of things in recent decades, with series consolidating, tracks closing, and fewer fans attending races. Even oval track racing—like NASCAR and its derivatives—has seen its share of hurdles, with both newer tracks like Nashville Super Speedway and historic sites like Irwindale Speedway shuttering their operations.
It’s a shame, and one motorsports fans like us would like to see reversed.