Smith seals the deal with Utah Grand Prix Platinum win

Sep 15 2013 - 6:15pm

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 Steve Miller of Seattle, Wash., won two races in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West during the seventh annual iON Utah Grand Prix in his No. 7 The Racers Group/Adobe Road Winery Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
(Photo courtesy Miller Motorsports Park  / Jeremy Henrie)
 Steve Miller of Seattle, Wash., won two races in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West during the seventh annual iON Utah Grand Prix in his No. 7 The Racers Group/Adobe Road Winery Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
(Photo courtesy Miller Motorsports Park  / Jeremy Henrie)

TOOELE VALLEY -- Steve Miller wrapped up his Platinum class sweep on Sunday.

The seventh annual iON Camera Utah Grand Prix wrapped up Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park with races for the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West series and the Discount Tire/Air Power Racing Invitational.

iller, of Seattle, Wash., won his second Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West in as many days in his No. 7 The Racers Group/Adobe Road Winery Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. He used lapped traffic to pass early race leader Kevin Woods with two laps remaining in the 15-lap contest to seal the deal. 

Woods, the class points leader driving the No. 94 Truspeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, took the checkered flag 0.251 second in arrears. Alessandro Chiocchetti was third overall in the No. 49 Competition Motorsports entry and third in the Platinum class. Steven Streimer, driving a Gold Class entry prepared by Lux Performance, finished first in class at fourth overall. 

Class points leader Loren Beggs and John Scarlett, in sixth and seventh overall, respectively, completed the top three in the Gold Class.

It was a big-horsepower show at the front of the Discount Tire/Air Power Racing Invitational, as George Smith led all 15 laps in his No. 73 Smith Marketing Services Chevrolet Corvette to take the win. 

It was Smith's second win in two weeks, having captured the STR1 National Championship in the NASA National Championship event last weekend. Cindi Lux, the director of the Ford Racing School at Miller Motorsports Park, finished second in her No. 5 Lux Performance Dodge Viper. Steven Streimer made a quick turn-around from competing in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West event to take third place overall in his No. 02 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, followed by the similar Porsches of Tom Haacker and Chris Pedersen.

Miller Motorsports Park offers a diverse lineup for next weekend, Sept. 21-22. The fifth annual CruiserFest event, a family-friendly gathering for owners and enthusiasts of the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser, will take place on MMP's Rock-Crawling Course. Also on the schedule for the weekend is a road racing event for the Intermountain Region of the Porsche Club of America on the 4.5-mile Full Course, as well as Round 8 of the Utah Kart Championship at the Miller Kart Track. 

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