Monday
Dec162013

SST Series to Race at 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

 DETROIT, Mich. (December 13, 2013) – Adding even more excitement and bringing an extreme element to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, it was confirmed today that the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) Series will compete at next summer’s event, May 30-June 1, 2014.

In only its second season and coming off a wildly-popular debut in 2013, the SST Series will compete on the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit with two races run during Grand Prix weekend. The high-flying trucks will launch from a standing start for each race and they jump ramps that will be set up on the Grand Prix race circuit.

With trucks expected to reach speeds in excess of 120 mph, launching more than 15 feet in the air and covering distances more than 75 feet on Belle Isle, the SST Series is unique in the sense that all 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 crew members 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.

“All the fans at the Grand Prix are going to love watching the SST Series trucks in action,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. ”These trucks can just fly and it will be incredible to watch them battle wheel-to-wheel on the streets of Belle Isle.”

In addition to the SST Series, the IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series will also compete at Belle Isle in 2014. With two races run in SST, IndyCar and World Challenge competition, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy seven great races over the course of three days at Belle Isle.

“With the addition of the SST Series to an already action-packed racing lineup, next summer’s Grand Prix is going to provide the most exciting on-track competition that we’ve ever had on the island,” added Denker.

Founded by former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, the 1995 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix polesitter and race winner, the SST Series raced at the Long Beach and Toronto street circuits with the IndyCar Series this past season. In 2014, the series will feature 15 rounds of competition among 10 race venues, including the ESPN X Games in Austin, Tex.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to bring the SST Trucks to Detroit and race next season at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Gordon, who is also a driver in the series. “We believe SST is the most extreme and exciting form of motorsports on four wheels in the world and we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to the fans in the Motor City.”

In addition to Gordon an off-road racer Rob McCachren, who finished second in the SST Series season championship, other popular drivers that raced in the series this year included Paul Tracy, Davey Hamilton, Justin Lofton, Kyle LeDuc, Arie Luyendyk Jr., P.J. Jones, Mike Jenkins and Ricky Johnson.

ABOUT THE CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX:

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2014, the event will include the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring cars of the IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,  the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series. Partners for the 2014 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans and MotorCity Casino Hotel.For more information, visit www.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at www.facebook.com/detroitgp and www.twitter.com/detroitgp.
Wednesday
Dec112013

Stadium SUPER Trucks to Join X-Games Austin in 2014

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 11, 2013) – Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks (SST) series has been selected by ESPN to join the complement of sports at the upcoming X Games Austin event, taking place in Texas on June 8, 2014 at Circuit of the Americas. 

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to redevelop the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action motorsport today. 

“We’re thrilled to have Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series join the complement of sports at X Games Austin,” said Tim Reed, senior director of content strategy. “We look forward to working with the Stadium Super Truck team, and showcasing to ESPN X Games audiences around the world a very entertaining form of truck racing.” 

Other than the trucks launching more than 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet under race conditions, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Races are decided by driver skill alone rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST technicians who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-HP trucks. 

“It is a great honor to have been chosen by ESPN to bring Stadium Super Trucks to the X Games,” Gordon said. “The X Games are the premier action-sport property in the world, and this is a testament to the fact that SST is the most extreme four-wheel motorsport on earth. Circuit of the Americas in Texas will be a great venue to showcase SST to the X Games audiences.” 

The X Games will be one of 15 rounds currently scheduled for the 2014 SST season. Following the successful inaugural season of the Stadium Super Trucks, the 2014 SST schedule features 10 race venues, all within North America’s top-50 markets, including six venues within the top-15. 

In 2013, the season championship came down to the last race, ending with a points difference from first to second of only seven points (a total of three points paying positions on track for the season). This is a testament to how competitive and equal the trucks really are. P.J. Jones won his first SST race at the season-ending event at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. Other race winners in the first SST season included McCachren (4 wins), Gordon (3), Lofton (3), Sheldon Creed (2) and Jerrett Brooks (1). In 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., Jeff Ward, Mike Jenkins and Ricky Johnson. 

Keep up with all the latest news and new race dates 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.

Monday
Dec092013

2014 Robby Gordon Dakar HST Sneak Peek #3