Friday
Dec062013

2014 Robby Gordon Dakar HST Sneak Peek #1

Wednesday
Nov272013

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Announces 2014 Race Schedule

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 27, 2013) – Following the successful inaugural season of the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks (SST), the 2014 SST schedule features 10 race venues, all within North America’s top-50 markets, including six venues within the top-15.

Several of the events will feature two rounds of competition, bringing the total number of rounds to 15 for the second season of the highly competitive and high-flying Super Trucks.

Among the cities SST will visit include Las Vegas, Toronto, San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit, Indianapolis and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  One additional city will be announced, which SST founder and president Robby Gordon, believes will be the headline event of the 2014 season.  Specific dates will be announced in conjunction with promoters and other local partners. However, it can be stated the season will start in Las Vegas on March 7 and end at the same venue on Nov. 7.

For its second season, Gordon has focused the schedule around further-enhancing sponsor value by racing in front of large crowds and establishing an enhanced national television platform.  The inaugural season’s schedule, which was highlighted by the amazing trucks and drivers racing in conjunction with several IndyCar Series races on iconic circuits, proved to be well-received by fans and competitors alike.

“Having an opportunity to showcase these trucks last season at places like the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Honda Indy Toronto was tremendously successful,” Gordon said.  “Since then the outreach from promoters asking us to bring the SST series to their venues has given us all a great sense of pride and proves to us that we have a series that is exactly what it was designed to be – the most unbelievable, jaw-dropping form of auto racing in the world.”

Other than the trucks launching more than 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what makes the SST program such a success is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition.  Drivers do not have an advantage over others because they have a bigger budget or greater technology.  Drivers are assigned SST crewmembers who make minor adjustments at a driver’s request.  The rules are specific as to what changes are permitted on the trucks so that the technology in the trucks remains equal.

In 2013, Gordon came from behind to edge world-class off-road racer Rob McCachren by seven points to capture the season championship.  NASCAR Truck Series race-winner Justin Lofton finished third.  P.J. Jones won his first SST race at the season-ending event at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, and finished fourth in season-ending points.  Other race winners in the first SST season included Gordon (3 wins), McCachren (4), Lofton (3), Sheldon Creed (2) and Jerrett Brooks (1). 

Over 14 rounds of competition, 27 world-class drivers took part in the series, including popular drivers Paul Tracy, Davey Hamilton, Kyle LeDuc, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Mike Jenkins and Ricky Johnson.

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where driver’s such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST to capitalize on the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and SUVs as well as the fact that the majority of automotive aftermarket parts are marketed for trucks.

2014 SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Schedule

March 7                                       Las Vegas, Nev.

March 29-30                               St. Petersburg, Fla.

April 12-13                                  Long Beach, Calif.

May 23                                        Indianapolis, Ind.

May 31-June 1                            Detroit, Mich.

June 8                                         Texas

July 19-20                                   Toronto, Ontario

Sept. 19-20                                 Costa Mesa, Calif.

Sept. 21                                       San Diego, Calif.

Nov. 7                                          Las Vegas, Nev.

Keep up with all the latest news of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series by liking the series on Facebook at http://facebook.com/StadiumSuperTrucks as well as following on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SSuperTrucks.

All information including where to purchase your tickets for the 2014 season can be found at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com as each specific event is announced.

Tuesday
Nov192013

Gordon Finishes 7th in 46th Annual BAJA 1000

Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (November 17, 2013) – In a Baja 1000 first, Robby Gordon qualified the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI trophy truck in the 4th starting position for the 46th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, November 15-16. With the best starting position in years, the team immediately knew that opportunity to capture the fifth Baja 1000 victory was within reach.

 The 883-mile circuit would travel on both sides of the Baja California peninsula from Ensenada east to San Felipe, south to Punta Blanco and west along the Pacific coast back to Ensenada. This year’s event is the longest course in race history for a loop race – starting and finishing in the same location – and also considered one of its most challenging.

As the experienced Gordon set off from the start in Ensenada setting his sights on race marker 385, the place where co-driver Billy Gasper would be taking over driving duties. Gordon wasted no time tracking down the trucks in front of him, quickly moving into front back of the trophy truck class by race marker 100.

As Gordon entered the San Felipe washes, the course would bring some of the roughest terrain in the race, and it proved to be real trouble as the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI trophy truck developed a problem and completely lost the handle. After closely analyzing the problem, a spindle was found to be broken and was replaced by the Robby Gordon Offroad support team. After being within reach of the leaders before the stop, Gordon resumed moving 1 hr and 43 minutes behind in 21st place. The next 300 miles saw Lopez racing hard trying to slim the margin behind the leader, getting it to just 1 hour behind.

At race marker 378, the location where co-driver Billy Gasper was scheduled to get behind the wheel, however, Gordon made a decision to remain in the seat fully knowing the broken spindle had set the No. 77 truck back a large amount of time. Gordon put the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI trophy truck into overdrive for the remaining 505 miles, racing through the dark and cold desert considerably cutting down the time of the leaders proving the truck and the driver still had their sights on the finish line.

As Gordon raced past race marker 498, he continued to move forward racing past Cameron Steele, Sergio Salgado, and Kory Scheeler between pit stops. While many other competitors suffered from mechanical failure in the remaining 300 miles, Gordon with determination and drive eased his way towards the finish line in Ensenada finishing in 7th position in the SCORE Trophy Truck Division, 1 hour and 57 minutes behind winner B.J. Baldwin, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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