Tuesday
Mar172015

Robby Gordon and Toyo Tires Take Second at 2015 Mint 400

JEAN, NEVADA (March 14, 2015) – Driving an RPM Off-Road NO. 77 entry Robby Gordon proved dominant once again in desert trick truck competition finishing second in this past weekends Mint 400 to eventual winner Justin Lofton. 

After qualifying in the seventh position, Gordon piloted the SPEED Energy/ RPM Offroad / Toyo Tires / Traxxas Trick Truck to a second place finish, completing the course in a time of 6:04:14.  Gordon relied on the ultra reliable 39x13.50R17 Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires for his first podium in desert competition of 2015.

The Mint 400 consisted of three grueling laps in the Nevada deserts, with terrain varying from dry lakes with high speeds, to dust-choking silt beds to jagged rocks.

The next event for Robby Gordon will take place at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 28 and 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the fourth event of the 2015 SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas SST season. For tickets to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg please visit http://www.gpstpete.com/.

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Tuesday
Mar172015

Third Straight Podium for the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / Traxxas No. 7

ADELAIDE, South Australia (March 1, 2015) – Second-generation off-road racing expert Keegan Kincaid captured his first Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium Super Trucks street circuit win in convincing fashion Sunday in the finale of the Toyo Tires SST race on the temporary street circuit in Victoria Park Adelaide in front of a announced crowd of 93,500 truck racing fans.

Kincaid, a native of Crandon, Wisc., driving his No. 47 Traxxas-sponsored truck, inherited the lead from Brad Gallard of Renmark, South Australia as his No. 454 Peter Kittle Motor Company truck took the third metal ramp of the 14-turn 2.012 mile (3.219 km) temporary street course awkwardly resulting in a rough landing which sent the truck into a spin.

Exciting Alpine, Calif. off-road regular Sheldon Creed wasted no time moving to the front of the pack from his seventh starting position. Back row starters E.J. Viso of Caracas, Venezuela and Robby Gordon of Orange, California immediately followed Creed to the front of the pack and created a tremendous four-truck battle also involving Australian driver Matt Mingay of Gold Coast, Queensland. Battling corner to corner, sliding sideways and smoking his tires, Viso make contact with Mingay in corner 6 causing them both to spin.

Gordon and Creed then broke away from the rest of the pack three wheeling and trailing each other closely swamping the second position multiple times behind Kincaid. As Kincaid controlled the race, Gordon and Creed put on a driving performance for the ages maneuvering their 600-horsepower Traxxas trucks around the track much to the delight of the ecstatic crowd.

Gordon made a last-corner pass on Creed who missed his mark and lost control of his truck just short of the finish line. Creed created the highlight of the race crossing the finish line upside and backward after jumping the second ramp just short of the line.

After making contact with the wall just past the finish line, the Traxxas truck never stopped moving and righted itself landing on all four Toyo Tires, allowing Creed to get back in the gas and pull away from the roll as if nothing happened, much of the delight of the thousands of fans cheering on their feet. Dodging the rolling truck of Creed, Australian stuntman Mingay crossed the line fourth in his No. 2 Hot Wheels sponsored truck.

The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas series will continue with Rounds No. 4 & 5 March 27-29 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tickets to the race are available through the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg web site at www.gpstpete.com/.

Tuesday
Mar172015

Robby Gordon Finishes Runner-Up to Creed in SST Race No. 2 

ADELAIDE, South Australia (February 28, 2015) – Sheldon Creed captured Saturday’s thrilling second round of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas Stadium Super Trucks (SST) at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia, beating Robby Gordon to the line by a truck length.

Creed, a young off-road hot shoe from Alpine, Calif., started sixth and drove a calculated yet aggressive race to hold off Gordon and a full field of strong trucks.

More than 80,000 spectators lined the 14-turn 2.012 (3.219 km) street circuit to watch Creed and the Traxxas-branded trucks launch off of man-made ramps on the same DOT-approved Toyo Tires that consumers can buy. The loud raucous cheers of disbelief from the massive Australian crowd could be heard over the trucks as fans of traditional V8 Supercar racing saw the trucks literally fly through the air side by side.

Round 3 of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas Stadium Super Trucks will take place Sunday prior to the V8 Supercar finale of the Clipsal 500 in Victoria Park in front of another anticipated record crowd.