Trackday Thursday: Miller Motorsports Park

Yesterday, I spent $25 to drive about six and a half miles.

And it was awesome.

Let’s face it, at some point all of us are going to have to pay to drive our cars somewhere – and that’s setting aside the obvious fuel, insurance and car payment bills.  Tolls and other fees are a way of life.  Some aren’t too bad – a couple of bucks for a ferry ride is kinda fun and takes you back to a simpler time  Paying for a parking space in a garage is an annoyance – or a complete ripoff if you happened to pay the equivalent of 30 US dollars for two hours in Melbourne, Australia… could happen, I’m just saying.

But on April 11, 2012, I paid $25 to Miller Motorsports Park outside Tooele, Utah and got to run my car wide open – probably why they call the event Wide Open Wednesday.


You may recall that I drive a Kia Rondo – it’s not the most exciting vehicle… okay, it’s pretty boring.  But it does a number of things well, like get around a racetrack in a hurry carry a 10 foot section of rain gutter.  No, it’s not the best track car, but I think it was probably better than the Subaru Baja that was a few cars in front of me at one point.  Or the Chevy Sonic with paper temporary tags still residing in the dealer plate frame.

I was interested to see what kind of cars showed up to the event – fartcan-equiped Civics?  Militant Corvette owners?  Turns out that a wide range of cars were present.  From the vintage Nova wagon piloted by our own Scott to a handful of Mustangs, a fusilade of Subaru Imprezas, a gaggle of Mazda 3s and pair of Dodge Caliber SRT4s.  Oh, and an Aston Martin DB9 and an awesome Datsun Z with a Ford 302 transplant:

Then the rain swept in.  Figuring discretion being the better part of valor and all that, I packed it in after three laps and headed home.  On a clear day, I would expect that one could easily run 15 laps – and at a cost of a buck sixty-six per circuit, that’s fun on a level that no arcade driving simulator could match – even running a virtual Ferrari against a real-life Rondo.

So why aren’t you at your local track? 


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