GT Live’s unique brand of motorsports entertainment kicked of ’07 at the new king of racetrack venues in America, Miller Motorsports Park. This brand new facility (opened in ’06) is truly world-class, thanks to the incredible on-site buildings, the massive 4.5-mile main road course, a huge go-kart track, several off-road tracks, and even a few “jumbotron” video screens out on the main track, not to mention the spectacular mountain scenery as a backdrop. Utah is a state with incredible natural beauty, but it’s now also home to one of the finest motorsports complexes you’ll find anywhere in the world.
With a very busy two-day schedule, GT Live packed a ton of action into the weekend. In the paddock area BF Goodrich and Falken both had a major presence including booth babes and plenty of tires to admire, plus the Marine Corps. was on hand in a big way including a huge inflatable obstacle course and a rock climbing wall. As you might expect, hometown tuning heroes Cobb also had a big presence throughout the weekend, showcasing a bunch of their impressive fleet of vehicles including the ground-breaking all-carbon STi project. There were also two-car teams from Cusco and K-Sport, while Subaru brought out a factory-backed Legacy wagon built for Grand Am Cup action.
As for the on-track action, there was plenty of it! The insane two-wheel antics of the XDL stunt bike-riding posse were a crowd favorite, thanks to the death-defying tricks they performed along the front straight. Perhaps even more popular were the Falken Tire drift demos that went on throughout the weekend, with their high revving AE86 and boosted 240SX shredding countless tires on MMP’s East Course. Falken was even cool enough to let fans take the used up rubber as souvenirs, many of them getting autographs from their favorite drivers in the process. And there were a lot of big names in attendance including Taka Aono, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Ken Gushi, Tanner Foust, and Tarzan Yamada.
On the grip end of the equation, BFG was so confident in their new R1 track tire that they were lending out sets for testing purposes and they even bailed out a few Time Attack teams who ran out of rubber earlier than expected. As for the Redline Time Attack itself, field was small but very high quality including three of the fastest AWD machines in the country – the AMS EVO, the Crawford Performance STi, and the DynoComp STi. It doesn’t get much better than that. These three AWD juggernauts battled it out all weekend long, with DynoComp completing an epic engine rebuild on Saturday night in time to compete in the finals on Sunday and claiming second in the class as a reward. AMS was looking very strong going into the finals, but a 20-amp fuse for the ECU failed while on-track, spoiling their session. This meant that Tanner Foust’s track record-setting 1:37 second lap in the Crawford Performance über Subaru gave this hard-working team from San Diego the AWD and overall Time Attack win.
With enthusiastic fans enjoying the free go-karting and ride-alongs in the Sim Races throughout the weekend as well as being able to rub elbows with some of the best drift and grip drivers around, GT Live’s first-class brand of motorsports entertainment was a perfect match for this jewel of a race track.