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 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.
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.
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Busy few weeks for RG as running SST Friday night May 23rd before the Indy500, then Detriot SST/IRL double event weekend, followed by the Baja 500 June 4-6, and then an SST/IRL event in Texas on June 7th. That's 5 races thousands of miles apart in 15 days!
Fuel up the Lear Jet for those two weeks.
@Kev,I think the BAJA 500 is June 5th-8th 2014.That is a conflict with Texas.
I need to see if BAJA is a Friday race.
It usually is a Friday race. Which would be the 6th. Tight.
If I win the lottery, he will run the INDY 500 as well. HAHA......only a hope!
The opener on March 7 is Friday night of the Vegas CUP weekend.Folks planning on going to the CUP race might think about arriving early ,to catch the Friday night show
Ooohh.. I didn't realize the Vegas race was that weekend. Do you think there may be protest from Nascar? j/k ;)
The World of Outlaws will be at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 5th and 6th so there will be a lot of competition for money that week/weekend. Gonna have to promote a bunch and price the tickets right but Friday night is perfect.
Will this be on the strip or where in Vegas will they be racing?
I'm guessing the strip,at Ceasar's.Rumor has it they where very happy with the season ending show,despite the shortness of timing,just my guess
Woohoo Indy!! I might finally get to go to a SST race.
I guess I'm not surprised there is nothing in Northern California. Too bad.