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DATE News (chronologically)
09/30/08
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Alan Wilson Steps Down from Miller Motorsports Park
Alan Wilson (L) and Nigel Mansell
Alan Wilson, the man who designed Miller Motorsports Park and stayed on to become its first CEO and General Manager, has announced that he is stepping down from his post, effective immediately.

Wilson, 62, who is widely regarded as one of the world's premier racetrack designers and a very respected individual in national and international motorsports, will now devote his time and attention to a new racetrack-building company, Wilson Sahara Motorsports, established between himself and Sahara Inc., the builders of Miller Motorsports Park.

“My initial understanding with Larry Miller was that I would be here for three years and I intended to leave at the end of 2007,” Wilson said, “but I stayed an additional year to help get the HANNspree Superbike World Championship event established. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Miller Motorsports Park, but I’m very excited about some of the projects that I have on the horizon and the prospects for Wilson Sahara Motorsports.”

In addition to creating and managing Miller Motorsports Park, Wilson was busy behind the scenes in the motorsports industry over the past four years. In addition to continuing to design racing facilities, he hosted the first-ever track operators workshop for road racing circuits at MMP in February of this year. He was one of the driving forces behind the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup, which marked the first time in American racing that a racetrack created a professional racing series. He also was instrumental in the creation of the Road Racing Industry Council, which was formed to give track operators a united voice in their dealings with sanctioning bodies. In addition, Wilson has quietly worked to promote dialogue between the Daytona Motorsports Group, the new owners of AMA Pro Racing, and the motorcycle manufacturers to ensure a stable, united series in the future.

To date, 29 tracks of Wilson’s design have been constructed, but he considers Miller Motorsports Park his crowning achievement.

“I am very proud of this facility,” he said, “but I am equally proud of the team that we have assembled here and the knowledge that Miller Motorsports Park enjoys a reputation as a warm, welcoming and user-friendly place for fans, racers, media and sponsors.

“I very much appreciate the opportunity provided to me by Larry Miller to create such a wonderful facility, and I look forward to watching Miller Motorsports Park continue to grow and prosper in the years to come.”

Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group, said that Wilson’s contribution to Miller Motorsports Park was immeasurable.

“On behalf of our family and organization, I would like to express our appreciation to Alan Wilson for all that he has done at Miller Motorsports Park. To recall when this was a barren piece of farmland and to see what the facility looks like today, and the reputation it enjoys in the industry, is a testament to Alan Wilson’s vision and leadership. He will continue to work with us on specific projects in the future, and we wish him well in his other pursuits.”

For more information on Wilson Sahara Motorsports, call (801) 292- 1933 or visit their website at www.WilsonSaharaMotorsports.com.

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