Team Paris Second in Inaugural BigM Weekend Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown
NEWS May 28, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 27, 2011) — Team Corser – consisting of World Superbike superstar Troy Corser, Rick Aaron of Fox 13 television in Salt Lake City, Ryan Whitehouse from the Deseret Chemical Depot and fan Kellen Birch of Rexburg, Idaho, won the Inaugural BigM Weekend Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown at Miller Motorsports Park today.
The race took place at the Miller Kart Track with 16 teams of four drivers – each with a professional motorcycle racer, media celebrity, military personnel and a fan – taking part. Each driver completed a five-lap heat race, and each driver’s fastest lap was recorded as the lap of record. Team Corser had the lowest cumulative lap time and subsequently was named the winning team.
Finishing second in the event was Team Paris, with AMA Pro Daytona SportBike rider Melissa Paris, Sean O’Connell of KZNS “The Zone” 1280-AM Radio, TSgt. James Gosselin of the 729th Air Control Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, and fan D. Stokes of Littleton, Colo. The final podium spot was taken by Team Checa, with current World Superbike championship leader Carlos Checa, cameraman Matt Michaela from KUTV-2 ABC in Salt Lake City, SSG Gail Breeland from Dugway Proving Grounds and fan K. Marsh of Omaha, Neb.
The top three teams received beautiful trophies designed by Steve Nemish containing potash from the Great Salt Lake in a glass container on a base of Alder wood, and Whitehouse and Birch will receive three-day grandstand tickets to the 2012 BigM Weekend as well as guaranteed seats in the 2012 BigM Weekend Superbike Super Celebrity Mega Kart Showdown as defending champions.
The on-track activity begins on Saturday morning. There will be five different series racing: The FIM Superbike World Championship, AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200. There will be practice and qualifying on Saturday, then more qualifying and races for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and Vance & Hines XR1200 series on Sunday. The two feature races for the Superbike World Championship and single races for the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike will take place on Memorial Day Monday.
Two concerts are scheduled to take place during the weekend. On Saturday night, Dierks Bentley, Sawyer Brown and Reckless Kelly will perform, and Sunday night will feature Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Blue Oyster Cult. Both concerts will start at 7 p.m. Saturday’s concert will also include a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
The military will be a big part of the weekend, with a Tribute Field of 2,011 American flags erected in the track’s infield, the Zions Bank Military Acre featuring interactive displays from all branches of the military and a flyover of an Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker during opening ceremonies on Monday. All current and veteran military members are eligible for a 50-percent discount on event tickets, this weekend and every weekend.
In addition, there will be a myriad of activities for families to enjoy, including karting at the Miller Kart Track, rides on MMP’s new Zip Line, Jeep rides on MMP’s rock-crawling course, a paddock party/autograph session prior to Saturday’s concert, pit walks, vendors, other musical performances, stunt bike demonstrations from Britton and BMW Motorrad’s Chris Pfeiffer and Chris “Teach” McNeill, carnival rides, numerous vendors and plenty of good food.
To obtain tickets for or information about The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, visit the event-specific website at www.BigMWeekend.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.
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