Roger Miller (GRAND-AM photo)

Roger Miller, driver and son of Utah business icon Larry, dies unexpectedly

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Late, sad news has emerged after the weekend’s GRAND-AM events at Kansas Speedway. Roger Miller, a competitor in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and son of former Utah Jazz owner and businessman Larry H. Miller, died Sunday at age 45.

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, no cause of death was listed and the family issued a brief statement.

“Roger was a gentle soul and he will be missed,” his brother Greg Miller said in the statement.

Roger Miller competed with co-driver Ian James in Continental’s GS class, in a Dempsey Racing-prepared Ford Mustang Boss 302R. The pair finished 11th overall in Saturday’s SFP Grand Prix race at Kansas.

Larry H. Miller died in 2009. A businessman and philanthropist in Utah, he also had an impact on motorsports as he conceived the Miller Motorsports Park permanent road course outside Salt Lake City in Tooele, one of the country’s top road racing facilities. The full track was opened in 2006.

Further information is likely to follow in the coming days.

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. ET, Monday: Patrick Dempsey, Dempsey Racing team principal, tweeted the following on Monday morning:

 

Lewis Hamilton enjoys epic trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston earlier this week, a thrill for the driver of a land-speed rocket for Mercedes AMG Petronas to then see actual ones.

In today’s pre-race coverage for the United States Grand Prix, NBCSN takes you behind the scenes of the trip in Houston. You can see that video, above.