Largest TRAXXAS Field in History to Race at X Games Austin

Largest TRAXXAS Field in History to Race at X Games Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (June 6, 2014) – A live national television audience will see 20 Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium Super Trucks race at the beautiful Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for X Games Austin. The live ESPN and ABC broadcast of the TRAXXAS series will mark the first time the TRAXXAS series or off-road racing has enjoyed a live network broadcast.

Two heat races with 10 trucks each will race at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday live on ESPN. The first eight finishers in each race will transfer to the final which will feature 16 trucks. The broadcast of the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS will begin at 2 p.m. EDT on ABC, with the green flag falling at 2:20 p.m.
The majority of the trucks practiced at the COTA facility Friday afternoon.

Several drivers, including Justin Matney, Jay Reichert, B.J. Baldwin and Robby Gordon are in Ensenada, Mexico competing in Saturday’s Baja 500, one of the crown jewels of off-road racing. NASCAR’s Justin Lofton who is competing at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series race and also missed Friday’s first practice. All 20 drivers will have another opportunity on the track Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (CDT) with qualifying for the two heat races coming immediately following practice.

Venezuelan driver and Verizon IndyCar driver E.J. Viso swept all three Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS races at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix last weekend, and will be looking to make it four straight in Austin. Other series winners in 2014 include Apdaly Lopez of Tecate, B.C. Mexico (1 win); P.J. Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz. (1) and Orange, California’s Gordon (3).

Created in 2013 as a series featuring identically prepared 600-horse-power trucks racing on DOT-approved Toyo Tires, the series’ popularity is driven by the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks, off-road racing and the unique extreme-sport format of the trucks. The Traxxas-branded trucks are capable of launching more than 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet. Speeds in excess of 150 mph reached on long straights. What sets the program apart from other racing series is 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 trucks.

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