The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has elected not to renew its lease with Tooele County and will cease operation of Miller Motorsports Park at the end of the racing season on October 31, 2015. A full schedule of racing events, driving schools, public karting and group activities will be held this summer as planned.
Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, stated: “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.
What does this mean for us, the people who have supported the track over the years? We’ve spent hours racing on its surfaces, hiking around the perimeter of the track to find the perfect place for photos, sliding around the paddock, and countless days spectating the amazing events that have come through the facility. We’ve stared in awe at the cars in the museum, and have frequented the shops that call Miller Motorsports Park home. What happens now?
Miller Motorsports Park cost a ton of money. Around $100,000,000. Just walking away makes no sense, so perhaps they’re trying to find a buyer. Hopefully that is the case, and hopefully it’s someone who understands racing and not an investment group that only sees the track as a potential profit center. The last thing we want to see happen in Tooele is an American version of the fiasco that has surrounded the ownership situation of the Nurburgring.
However, a buyer might be scared off if the state chooses to build the new prison next door… On land that the Miller Group owns, and offered to the state for that purpose.