Last night media industry, fans and supporters witnessed the first exhibition of Robby Gordon's commitment to taking off-road racing to the next level in 2013 with the introduction of Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks Series. Modeled after the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Race Series, which proved so popular in the 1980s, Stadium Super Trucks (SST) aims to offer dynamic side-by-side racing excitement.
"Stadium racing helped Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and myself launch our careers," said Robby Gordon, who will serve as president of the new series. "Bringing off-road racing back to the stadium like Mickey Thompson did has been something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I am proud to say that we have finally accomplished it. SST offers attractive racing venues, remarkable track designs, substantial purse, and opportunity for network TV – a lot like NASCAR, because you can visualize the whole track."
The inaugural season is set to launch in April 2013, with a minimum 10-race schedule throughout the country and possibly some international events as well. There will be two events in San Diego and Los Angeles, with the remainder of the calendar scheduled to be announced on July 15.
The SST format will be a 2-day event. Friday's program will consist of qualifying to ensure local media coverage for Saturday's events. Action-packed Saturday's will start off with a fan expo and tailgating, side-by-side ATV heats, Bigfoot heats and finals, SST heats and then on to the main event.
Trucks will be modeled after automobile manufacturer replicas and feature 600hp V8 engines, with 20 inches of wheel travel, racing on DOT-approved street tires. Racers will have the opportunity to win a $60,000 purse each weekend (top 3 are awarded purse monies) and the overall series champion will be awarded a $500,000 dollar prize at the conclusion of the season.