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SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road
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Category Offroad racing
Country United States
Canada
Australia
Region North America
Australia
Inaugural season 2013
Classes Stadium Super Truck · SUPER Buggy · Monster Truck
Drivers 29 (SST)
Tire suppliers Toyo Tires
Drivers' champion Robby Gordon
Official website http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

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 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, Olympic 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 the 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]

On September 23, 2014, sponsorship marketing company Elevation Group purchased a 40% stake in the series.[12] On October 16, Gordon announced the series would race at the Adelaide Street Circuit in Australia for 2015 as a support event for the Adelaide 500;[13] another Australian event was scheduled on May 27 at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit as a support race for the Gold Coast 600.[14] On May 13, the series was invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.[15]

Media coverage[edit]

The 2013 SST events are televised tape-delayed on NBC and NBC Sports Network;[16] 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.[17]

Points system[edit]

Source: [18]

Heat race[edit]

Pos. Points
1st 12
2nd 10
3rd 8
4th 7
5th 5
6th 4
7th 3
8th 2
9th 1
Bonuses
Most laps led 3
Inversion 1
Qualifying 1

Main event[edit]

Pos. Points
1st 25
2nd 22
3rd 20
4th 18
5th 16
6th 15
7th 14
8th 13
9th 12
10th 11
11th 10
12th 9
13th 8
14th 7
15th 6
Bonuses
Most laps led 3
Inversion 1

Champions[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Driver No.(s) Races FQ W Top
3s
Pts. Margin
2013 Robby Gordon 7 14 of 14 3 3 12 407 7
2014 Robby Gordon 7 16 of 16 5 6 14 492 75

By driver[edit]

Total Driver Seasons
2 Gordon, RobbyRobby Gordon 2013, 2014

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.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  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. ^ Ryan, Nate (September 23, 2014). "Robby Gordon's stadium truck series adds owners". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Stadium Super Truck Series heading for Australia in 2015". Racer. October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kirby, Cameron (May 27, 2015). "Stadium Super Trucks to invade Gold Coast". Auto Action. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Stadium Super Trucks Reach Another Milestone With A Prestigious Invitation to England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed June 25-28". Speed Energy Formula Off-Road. May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Weaver, Matt (April 14, 2013). "Justin Lofton reduces NASCAR schedule next season to focus on Stadium Truck Series championship". SBNation. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  17. ^ Rettie, John (September 18, 2012). "NBC to Broadcast Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks". Road & Track. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "STANDINGS". SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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