SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas Kicks off 2014 at Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 27, 2014) – Rounds 1 and 2 of the second season of SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas begins Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when 10 identically prepared trucks participate in the first race of the 2014 season.

The trucks will race the same 14-turn 1.8-mile street circuit built for their much different counterparts from the IndyCar Series, however, unlike the IndyCars the trucks will negotiate four 30-inch-tall temporary ramps located in prime fan-viewing locations throughout the circuit. The crowd-pleasing ramps hurl the trucks and their drivers nearly 20 feet in the air and as much as 150 feet down course.

The starting lineup for Saturday’s race was determined from lap times in Friday’s only practice session. Following the practice session, a blind draw was held which determined that four rows of the five-row field would be inverted, meaning Peoria, Arizona’s Scotty Steele will start from pole alongside series rookie Gavin Harlien from Mesa, Ariz.

Row two will consist of IndyCar veteran Davey Hamilton from Nampa, Idaho and Robby Gordon from Orange, Calif., row three will feature Scottsdale, Arizona’s PJ Jones and Alpine, California’s Jerett Brooks, row four will be Justin Lofton of Westmorland, Calif., and Sheldon Creed of Alpine, Calif. The final row will be the single truck of Apdaly Lopez from Tecate, B.C., Mexico.

Quick time from Friday’s session was set by Creed, followed by Lofton, Brooks, Jones, Gordon, Hamilton, Harlien, Steele and Lopez.

Jones is the series’ most-recent winner, having led every lap at the Las Vegas season-ender in 2013. The series features identically prepared trucks which are made to resemble their scaled-down Traxxas radio- control-car counterparts. Like their Traxxas namesake the trucks are designed to take flight. However, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour.

The trucks will race on Toyo Tires A/T tires (All-Terrain), which are the same DOT approved tires available for passenger trucks.

Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas Fact Sheet

Race: Rounds 1 and 2 of 2014 Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas

Track: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg circuit

Circuit Type: Downtown temporary street circuit

Event Schedule: Round One – Saturday, March 29, 12 p.m.

Round Two – Saturday, March 30, 2:30 p.m.

TV Schedule: NBCSN, Thursday, April 18, 1 a.m. EDT

Track Layout: 1.8 mile, 10 turns

Defending Winner: First event at St. Petersburg Series

Contact: Chris Hecht, checht@teamgordon.com

Web Site: www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

Twitter: @SSuperTrucks

Entry List

Truck No. Driver Sponsor Hometown

5 Scotty Steele Steele Racing Peoria, Ariz.

6 Justin Lofton Cometic Gasket Westmorland, Calif.

7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Orange, Calif.

14 Davey Hamilton Traxxas Nampa, Idaho

18 Apdaly Lopez VisitMexico.com Tecate, B.C., Mexico

55 Gavin Harlien IronClad Mesa, Ariz.

59 Craig Potts Potts Racing Scottsdale, Ariz.

74 Sheldon Creed Traxxas Alpine, Calif.

77 Jerett Brooks Synergy Electric Alpine, Calif.

98 PJ Jones American Racing Wheels Scottsdale, Ariz.


The Race: The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas races in conjunction with the Grand Prix at St. Petersburg begin the second season for the series founded by former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Robby Gordon.

Series Name: The series was rebranded as the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas to reflect the unique ability of the Stadium Super Trucks to compete on any racing surface at virtually any venue. Founded at the Stadium Super Truck Series, “Formula” and “Off-Road” better reflect the unique abilities of the trucks and drivers. Traxxas, the Fastest Name in Radio Control and the No. 1-selling Ready-to-Race® (RTR) nitro and electric Radio Control (R/C) company with vehicles in the truck, car, boat and helicopter categories, became presenting sponsor at the beginning of 2014.

Correctly identifying SST: Stadium Super Trucks (SST) compete in the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Series Presented by Traxxas, just as Silver Crown cars compete in USAC or Cup cars compete in NASCAR.

All about SPEED: SPEED Energy Drink was created by and is owned by Robby Gordon. The vitamin energy drink which is a healthy choice in the category, is available in four flavors – Fuel, Unleaded, Octane and Ethanol – at select retail locations across the country. Visit www.speedenergy.com for a retail locator or to purchase SPEED Energy on the internet.

Competition Caution: Both races will be 12 laps or 20 minutes – whichever comes first. A full course competition caution will occur approximately half-way in each race to allow the field to tighten up for a sprint to the finish. Should a full-course caution be necessary prior to halfway, it will serve as the completion caution. The initial start of the race will be a standing start with five rows of two, and any restarts during the race will be double-file rolling restarts.

What Debris?: Unlike most other racing series, debris, and even the occasional rolled-over truck, doesn’t normally bring out a full-course caution. If determined by USAC all competitors and spectators are outside of harm’s way, racing will continue and a local caution will be displayed to identify the issue.

We don’t need no stink’n spotters!: No spotters allowed. USAC and race control can communicate with all drivers over one frequency and no spotters are permitted. Therefore, if one driver receives a message from USAC, all drivers receive the same message. Drivers are unable to radio back to race control and are expected to comply with all directives without the benefit of debate.

The Toughest Tires: Toyo Tires is the official tire of the series and all competitors race on the same size and specification of DOT approved tires and no modifications have been made or are permitted. The same Toyo Tires are available at local retail tire stores.

Last Time Out in Las Vegas: No. 98 PJ Jones, driving the American Racing Wheels truck, started on pole after an inversion from qualifying and heat races and never bobbled leading every lap at the tight and short temporary circuit at Caesars Palace in November 2013. Despite Jones’ domination, plenty of action took place behind, as Rob MacCachren and Robby Gordon fought hard for bragging rights as the series’ inaugural champion. Despite Gordon doing a complete 360 barrel-roll over one of the ramps, he never came to a complete stop finishing second to Jones in the race and topping MacCachren who had the title sewn up before a suspension issue.

The Series Schedule: After the Grand Prix at St. Petersburg, the series heads to the Long Beach Grand Prix before making other stops in Indianapolis, Detroit, Austin, Texas (X Games Austin), Toronto, Orange County, Calif., San Diego and the season-finale in Las Vegas.

Television and Tickets: All SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxis races are televised. ESPN will broadcast X Games Austin live on June 8, while all other races will be shown on NBCSN at dates and times available by visiting www.stadiumsupertrucks.com. Ticket information for all events is also available on the series’ web site.