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Mar 23, 2012

Celebrity Kart Race Returns For BigM Weekend At Miller Motorsports Park

Team Corser – comprised of (l-r) two-time World Superbike Champion Troy Corser; Rick Aaron, Sports Anchor at KSTU FOX-13 in Salt Lake City; Ryan Whitehouse from the Deseret Chemical Depot; and Kellen Birch of Rexburg, Idaho – were the winners of Photo by Jeremy Henrie, courtesy of Miller Motorsports Park
Fans Can Race the Racers During BigM Weekend

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (March 23, 2011) "” Based on the overwhelming success of the inaugural event, Miller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce that the BigM Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown will return in 2012, giving race fans a chance to race karts with and against some of the biggest names in international motorcycle racing.

The DRIFT BigM Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown is a fun kart race held at the Miller Kart Track that pits 14 teams against each other. Each team is comprised of a racer from the FIM Superbike World Championship or AMA Pro Road Racing, a member of the media, a military member and a fan.

Fans over 18 years of age who purchase a ticket to The BigM Weekend by May 15 will be eligible to win one of 13 slots in the DRIFT BigM Weekend Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown, to be held on Friday, May 25.* The 14th team will be manned by returning event champions Kellen Burch of Rexburg, Idaho and Ryan Whitehouse of Utah's Deseret Chemical Depot.

The race, now sponsored by DRIFT Innovation, manufacturers of the DRIFT POV camera and the Official POV Camera of Miller Motorsports Park, will be conducted in four five-lap heats. Each driver must complete one of the heat races. Rather than competing for overall finishing position, each driver's fastest lap time will be recorded and added to their teammates' fastest lap times. The team with the lowest cumulative lap time will win the event. The top three teams will receive trophies, all drivers on the winning team will receive a DRIFT POV camera, and the fan and military member on the winning team will receive a three-day Grandstand ticket to the 2013 BigM Weekend and a guaranteed slot in the 2013 DRIFT BigM Weekend Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown. A complete set of rules can be found at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

"Last year's event was a huge success," said Miller Motorsports Park General Manager John Larson. "It was a lot of fun for everyone involved, and it gives our fans the opportunity of a lifetime to not only meet some of the world's best motorcycle racers but to hang out, strategize and race with them. It's something that can't be purchased at any price. The DRIFT Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown has become a tradition at The BigM Weekend, and we hope everyone who doesn't get a slot in the race will come out and watch what is sure to be one of the most hotly-contested races of the year."

The May 26-28 weekend will include the USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, plus support races from AMA Pro Road Racing including the National Guard Superbike Championship, the GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, the Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship and the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Championship. There will also be live music throughout the weekend and a major tribute to our armed forces in recognition of Memorial Day.

For more information about The BigM Weekend or Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track's website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.