SST To Race At Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 10, 2017) – Watkins Glen International announced today the addition of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks to the racing lineup for the upcoming INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Sept. 1-3.

Led by the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Labor Day weekend event features six motorsports classes, including Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000, MX-5 Cup and the Stadium SUPER Trucks.

In all, there will be 12 practice sessions, seven qualifying sessions and nine races culminating with the Verizon IndyCar Series race Sunday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m., live on NBCSN.

The Stadium SUPER trucks will take to the track three separate times throughout the weekend holding practice/qualifying on Friday, Sept. 1 at 11:15 a.m., followed by Race 1 on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 12:30 p.m. The second race will take place in advance of the Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sunday. Green flag is set for 12:10 p.m.

“If there is anything that can add even more excitement to our INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen race weekend, it’s Robby Gordon and his series,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “This is going to be unlike anything that our fans have ever seen at Watkins Glen International. Personally, I’m very curious to see how those trucks get around America’s fastest road course.”

The widely popular SST Series features 12 identically prepared 650-horsepower trucks that are built to take flight much like a scaled down radio-control car. Able to race on virtually any surface thrown at them, the SST trucks will race the 2.45-mile, 8-turn short course, compared to the 3.37-mile Grand Prix circuit utilized by INDYCAR.

The SST races will feature 36-inch tall aluminum ramps placed in strategic locations throughout the course, allowing the trucks to fly 20 feet off the ground and hundreds of feet down the course, all while hitting speeds upwards of 140 mph.

“For Stadium SUPER Trucks to visit the state of New York and the Northeast for the first time, I cannot be more excited,” Stadium SUPER Trucks President Robby Gordon said. “I’ve had a lot of success at Watkins Glen throughout my career, and have built a large fan base in that region. To bring the door-to-door action and big air of Stadium SUPER Trucks to ‘The Glen’ for the first time, the fans are going to be ecstatic for SST racing.”

Stadium SUPER Trucks feature a 10-event schedule in 2017 spanning three countries, touring as co-events with INDYCAR in the United States, Supercars in Australia and Monster Jam in China.

In addition to former Indy car and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, a wide variety of drivers from all forms of motorsports will be in attendance, such as 2015 & 2016 series champion Sheldon Creed, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Bill Hynes, Erik Davis, dirt specialists Gavin Harlien and Jeff Hoffman, as well as the top two in the current point standings, Australia’s Matt Brabham and Paul Morris. With this being the first visit of the trucks to the famed Watkins Glen International, all drivers are expected to have an equal opportunity at winning.

INDYCAR returns to Watkins Glen International for the Sept. 1-3 race weekend, featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup and SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, in an action-packed event. For tickets and additional information on this can’t-miss weekend, call 1-866-461-RACE, or visit us online at

2017 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Winners
Round No. Race Location Race Date Winner

1 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 3, 2017 Craig Dontas

2 Adelaide, SA, Australia March 4, 2017 Sheldon Creed

3 Adelaide, SA, Australia March, 5, 2017 Paul Morris

4 St. Petersburg, Florida March 11, 2017 Robby Gordon

5 St. Petersburg, Florida March 12, 2017 Matt Brabham

6 Long Beach, California April 8, 2017 Matt Brabham

7 Long Beach, California April 9, 2017 Robby Gordon

8 Perth, WA, Australia May 6, 2017 Sheldon Creed

9 Perth, WA, Australia May 7, 2017 Robby Gordon

10 Perth, WA, Australia May 8, 2017 Sheldon Creed

11 Detroit, Michigan June 3, 2017 Sheldon Creed

12 Detroit, Michigan June 4, 2017 Sheldon Creed

13 No Limits, Texas June 10, 2017 P.J. Jones

14 No Limits, Texas June 10, 2017 Sheldon Creed

15 Darwin, NT, Australia June 16, 2017 Paul Morris

16 Darwin, NT, Australia June 17, 2017 Matt Brabham

17 Darwin, NT, Australia June 18, 2017 Paul Morris

18 Beijing, China July, 29, 2017 Matt Brabham

2017 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Schedule

Round 1: March 3, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 2: March 4, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 3: March 5, 2017; Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Round 4: March 11, 2017; St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 5: March 12, 2017; St. Petersburg, Florida
Round 6: April 8, 2017; Long Beach, California
Round 7: April 9, 2017; Long Beach, California
Round 8: May 5, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 9: May 6, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 10: May 7, 2017; Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Round 11: June 3, 2017; Detroit, Michigan
Round 12: June 4, 2017; Detroit, Michigan
Round 13: June 10, 2017; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 14: June 10, 2017; Fort Worth, Texas
Round 15: June 16, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Round 16: June 17, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Round 17: June 18, 2017; Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Round 18: July 29, 2017; Beijing, China
Round 19 September 2, 2017; Watkins Glen, New York
Round 20: September 3, 2017; Watkins Glen, New York
Round 21: TBA China
Round 22: TBA China
Round 23: October 6, 2017; FB Life Festival China
Round 24: October 7, 2017; FB Life Festival China
Round 25: October 8, 2017; FB Life Festival China

E.J. Viso Wins Race #3 In Townsville, Australia

Townsville, Queensland (July 10, 2016) – Former IndyCar competitor E.J. Viso of Caracas, Venezuela captured his first SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS victory of the 2016 season Sunday afternoon in the SST TRAXXAS trucks finale of the Townsville 400 on the Reid Park temporary street circuit in the North Queensland town of Townsville.

Viso driving the Mount Margaret Residential Estate No. 5 would grab the lead from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia driver Rob Whyte on Lap-3 and would hold the lead comfortably until Orange, Calif. driver Robby Gordon driving the Hot Wheels/Toyo Tires/Castrol Edge No. 2 for injured SST driver Matt Mingay would advance from his eighth starting position to challenge Viso for the lead on Lap-5 with heavy pressure.

After the competition caution waved Gordon would set up Viso and work his way past for the lead. Working his way thru the field and knocking on the door of the leaders 2015 SST Champion Sheldon Creed looked to battle Viso for second spot from his twelfth starting position. Applying heavy pressure to Viso the two drivers would collide with one other sending Creed spinning into the grass losing track position and sight of the leaders.

As Gordon would remain out front alone, TRAXXAS driver Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia would slip into position to challenge Viso for the second position. Racing hard with one another making contact on multiple occasions the two drivers had no idea that they were shortly would be racing for the lead as Gordon would encounter a power steering failure and would see the No. 2 slam the outside wall suddenly.

The damage to Gordon’s vehicle was severe enough to drop him back in the pack and off the pace of the lead. As Viso and Brabham now battled for the lead, Brabham would continue to look inside Viso for the pass but Viso would continue to hold him off until Brabham would make heavy contact with the rear bumper and loose tremendous ground to Viso.

Viso would go on to win his first SST race of the 2016 season followed by Brabham, and Royal Purple Synthetic Oil driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz. who would round out the top three.

Creed would recover from the contact with Viso on Lap-8 to work his TRAXXAS truck back up to finish in the fourth position.

Erik Davis from Burbank, Calif. finished fifth in the Always Evolving/AERNow/Replay XD truck, while Penola, South Australia driver Greg Gartner claimed the sixth position in his R&J Batteries/ Delkor Calcium Battery No. 410 truck.

Park City, Utah driver Todd Romano was credited with the seventh position in the Arctic Cat/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels No 33 after making contact with various trucks and falling back in the field various times.

Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn. would be credited with the eighth position in the World Gym No. 76 after beating Positive Automotive/Positive Trailers driver Shaun Richardson from Scunthrope, United Kingdom back to the finish line in a close side-by-side battle. Richardson would be credited with the ninth position to conclude his first weekend of SST competition.

Gordon with the power steering pump failure would limp his battered truck to the finish in the tenth spot to gain valuable championship points.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia driver Rob Whyte in the AVA Performance Tuning/Motul Oil No. 11 ran a great first three lap’s leading the race from his front row starting position, but would end up getting passed after encountering a broken axle and retiring from competition. Whyte would be scored in the eleventh position.

Paul Morris from Norwell, Queensland, Australia driving the SuperCheap Auto truck was credited with the twelfth position after breaking a rear end housing on Lap-5 and unable to finish the scheduled amount of laps.

TRAXXAS driver Sheldon Creed would capture the overall win for the weekend with the lowest average between all three races with his win, second, and fourth place finishes, Second was claimed by TRAXXAS teammate Matt Brabham, while the overall podium was completed by Paul Morris in the SuperCheap Auto truck.

The next event in the season-long SST World Championship will see the thrills and spills of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS head north of the United States border to Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto July 15-17.

Advance ticket sales to Rounds 13 & 14 are available through the Honda Indy Toronto website at

Photos Courtesy of DirtComp Magazine

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS
Round No. 12 Results
July 10, 2016
Townsville, Queensland, Australia

1. E.J. Viso; No. 5; Caracas, Venezuela; Mount Margaret Residential Estate
2. Matt Brabham; No. 83; Gold Coast, Queensland, Queensland, Australia; TRAXXAS
3. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; No. 30; Scottsdale, Arizona; Royal Purple Synthetic Oil
4. Sheldon Creed; No. 1; Alpine, Calif.; TRAXXAS
5. Erik Davis; No. 75; Burbank, Calif.; Always Evolving/ AERNow/ Replay XD
6. Greg Gartner; No. 410; Penola, South Australia, Australia; R&J Batteries/ Delkor Calcium Battery/ Fuchs
7. Todd Romano; No. 33; Park City, Utah; Arctic Cat/ Toyo Tires / SPEED Energy/ TRAXXAS
8. Bill Hynes; No. 76; Nazareth, Penn.; World Gym Australia
9. Shaun Richardson; No. 12; Scunthrope, United Kingdom; Positive Automotive/ Positive Trailers/ Savino Del Bene/ Master Tow
10. Robby Gordon; No. 2; Orange, Calif.; Hot Wheels/ Toyo Tires / Castrol EDGE
11. Rob Whyte; No. 11; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; AVA Performace Tuning/ Motul Oil/ Drift School Australia
12. Paul Morris; No. 67; Norwell, Queensland, Australia; SuperCheap Auto/ Hungry Jack’s