Flew to Utah this last weekend to assist with training the corner workers for this new track. As Utah has never had a track before, all the workers were newbies.
This facility is like nothing I've ever seen. First thing that you notice is dirt, lots of dirt. Grass has been planted, but is not up yet. The next thing you see is how many spots around the track have restrooms with flush toilets and showers.
There are two kinds of garages, the Grand Prix garages (each bay has it's own washroom and there is a shower room there as well) and the day garages. How sweet is that, as a privateer you can still have a space with electricity and it's secure.
This facility is 500 acres. It includes the big track which can have four different configuations depending on the event. What you saw on TV was not the full track, it is called the outer course. There is a BMX track, a SuperMoto course, a Karting track and plans for others.
I talked to Larry Miller and he said originally the budget was $15-$17 Million, but Allan Wilson (the designer) kept suggesting things and now the bill stands at $85 Million and it's growing. Larry doesn't seem to care. He's a pretty cool, down to earth guy.
What's he's doing for his corner workers is unique. He owns 36 car dealership and I don't know how many bike dealerships in Utah. By working regularly at his track you can earn points on credit towards a new vehicle. He credits the worker with $100 per full day worked. Pretty good incentive.
For all we heard of Utah being dry, the first thing Brian Miller (Larry's son)did when we came off the track was open the bar in the clubhouse to us. You have to see this clubhouse. You sit a little tables with fresh roses sipping your inported beer out of a crystal glasses and hobnob with celebrities.
More later, got to go to work. But suffice it to say this is a class act in every respect and should only get better. Every rider I talked to absolutely loved it.