Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 1, 2012
Group seeks to grow amateur racing at MMP

The formation of the Utah region of the National Auto Sport Association is the latest chapter in the story of Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Valley. About 150 amateur race car drivers met in a theater at Jordan Commons in Sandy Wednesday night to learn about NASAUtah from people like regional director Aaron “Biggie” Brown and chief driving instructor Matt Guiver.

NASAUtah is a business dedicated to organizing and promoting racing activities for both the aspiring or accomplished racer. Most of the people who attended Wednesday’s meeting already have driven their cars on the track at MMP as part of the Miller Motorsports Park Racing Association. They attended the meeting to learn more about the rules and regulations of newly established NASAUtah.

“We’ve been pushing for this program for two years now and tonight is our launch,” Brown said. “We had 250 RSVP to come out here tonight, but I think the snowy weather kept about 100 of them at home.”

Brown and Guiver have been racing enthusiasts since their teenage years and have been promoting racing in Utah for nearly three decades. They were the major players who helped organize MPRA when the racetrack opened in 2006. NASAUtah has now supplanted the MPRA.

“I know most of these people here tonight,” Guiver said. “Now we want these people to reach out and introduce their friends to the sport of road racing — be ambassadors for NASAUtah.” Guiver said amateur racing at a world class raceway can be an expensive hobby with track day fees ranging anywhere from $170 to $300. “The only way to make a small fortune racing is to come into the sport with a big fortune,” he said.

The partnership of NASAUtah and MMP is seen as a way to build a bigger racing fan base in the Salt Lake City area and throughout the state which eventually will help the local racetrack flourish. “We want to see people growing up with racing,” Guiver said.

“I compare it to the Field of Dreams movie,” Brown said. “Larry H. Miller had a dream to build a world-class race track in Utah and for people to enjoy it. Just like in Field of Dreams he built his $100 million racetrack out in an isolated area. I still think people really don’t know what they have out there in Tooele Valley. I think they think it is Rocky Mountain Raceway.”

NASA has created programs that allow owners of both race cars and highperformance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. NASA offers many different programs that allows people to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Time Trial, and Competition Racing programs.

Guiver said that basically all that is needed to get started is car. If they want to learn more they should just go to the our website at www.NASAUtah.com and learn all about it, Guiver said. Newcomers learn the basics of racing during High Performance Driving Events. HPDE gives drivers a chance to test their skills and learn from NASA’s cadre of experienced instructors in a venue designed for safe spirited driving far away from the risks present on the street. NASA’s HPDE program has become the standard for the ‘open track’ industry and features multiple skill levels to ensure that drivers are able to enjoy a safe and fun day at the track.

The next step is NASA’s Time Trial program which offers drivers a chance to compete against the clock to knock down the quickest lap time on many of the country’s best racetracks. Driving classes are determined using a system that assigns a base class to a car and then moves the car into a different class based on the modifications done by the owner. This format allows enthusiasts to enjoy a wide range of aftermarket upgrades while still being able to compete in a fair environment.

Step three is competitive racing. NASA has created racing programs that accommodate all sorts of popular vehicles with rules that encourage after-market modification. NASA has a class for almost any type of vehicle ranging from Production Sedans, Stock Cars, and Formula Cars. If you do not posses a competition license, NASA has programs that will allow you to participate in a racing school to become qualified to race. If you are currently racing with another recognized organization, NASA welcomes you to its program and accepts competition licenses from many different sanctioning bodies.

NASA members are entitled to enter and participate in any NASA event across the country and membership includes an array of benefits including vendor discounts and a complimentary subscription to Grassroots Motorsports magazine which includes a section devoted to NASA’s newsletter, Speednews.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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