SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road

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Stadium Super Trucks
SST
Formula Off-Road logo.png
Sport Offroad racing
Jurisdiction  United States
Founded 2013
President Robby Gordon
Official website
www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented By Traxxas (formerly Stadium Super Trucks) is an American stadium off-road racing series. The series was formed by former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon in 2013.

History[edit]

2012 Exhibition at Crandon

By 2011, there was speculation that after his NASCAR career was over, Robby Gordon would bring bring back the concept of stadium off-road racing that Mickey Thompson had invented.[1] Gordon announced the formation of the Stadium Super Trucks (SST) in 2012, modeling the series after Thompson's MTEG stadium series;[2] Early in his career, Gordon had won the 1989 MTEG championship as a 20-year-old.[1] The Stadium Super Trucks held an exhibition race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway after the conclusion of the World Championship races on September 2, 2012.

The Stadium Super Trucks began with a twelve-race season in 2013; it features 600 horsepower V-8 trucks.[3] The series held their first official race at the University of Phoenix Stadium on April 6, 2013.[4] [5] The race had 12 competitors including Robby Gordon, IndyCar driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr., motocross rider Jeff Ward, P. J. Jones, Olympiac snowboarder Nick Baumgartner, Traxxas owner Mike Jenkins, and NASCAR driver Justin Lofton.[4] The race was won by Rob MacCachren,[4] Justin Matney finished second, and Robby Gordon passed the flipped-over truck of P. J. Jones on the final lap for third.[6] In 2013, the championship-winning driver was scheduled to receive $500,000 (U.S.) and race winners get awarded $40,000.[3]

Race at Crandon in 2013

The very first race won in the Stadium Super Truck Series in Glendale was won by Rob MacCachren. Justin Lofton won the next race at Long Beach. As of June 2013, the winningest driver is Rob MacMachren, with three wins. In early 2013, former IRL driver Paul Tracy joined the sport part-time and PJ Jones joined the sport full-time. At San Diego, Robby Gordon battled 15-year-old driver Sheldon Creed for the win; Gordon won the race by slipping past Creed with 2 corners left in the race. Gordon won the championship by seven points.[7]

On December 11, 2013, Gordon announced that the series will be among the events held at X Games Austin in 2014.[8] On March 4, 2014, the series was rebranded as the "SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented By Traxxas".[9]

The series' X Games final was held at Circuit of the Americas on June 8.[10] Apdaly Lopez won the gold medal; Creed and Gordon earned silver and bronze, respectively.[11]

Media coverage[edit]

The 2013 SST events are televised tape-delayed on NBC and NBC Sports Network;[12] seven will be televised on NBC and five on NBC Sports Network.[3] Most of the twelve races in 2013 were scheduled to be televised on Sunday afternoons.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Arneson, Erik (2001). Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend. MotorBooks International. p. 274. ISBN 1616730129. 
  2. ^ "About SST". Stadium Super Trucks. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Guise, Curtis. "Former ARCA Series Champion Justin Lofton To Compete in Stadium SUPER Trucks". Race Dezert.com. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Stadium Super Trucks". April 14, 2013. NBC. WGBA.
  5. ^ "2013 Official Schedule". Stadium Super Trucks. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stadium Super Trucks: Robby Gordon races to Third Place in SST debut". Marathon Rally.com. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Jan (November 22, 2013). "AutoMatters: Stadium SUPER Trucks at Caesars Palace". Del Mar Times. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Super Trucks event added to X Games Austin". ESPN. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "SST Trucks To Race In Rebranded SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented By Traxxas". Stadium Super Trucks. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "SST TO JOIN X GAMES AUSTIN IN 2014". Stadium Super Trucks. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS - FINAL". X Games. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ Weaver, Matt (April 14, 2013). "Justin Lofton reduces NASCAR schedule next season to focus on Stadium Truck Series championship". SBNation. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  13. ^ Rettie, John (September 18, 2012). "NBC to Broadcast Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks". Road & Track. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 

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