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SST Gains Momentum With Ticket Sales, Metal Ramps

Image via Stadium Super Trucks Twitter

Image via Stadium Super Trucks Twitter

Various posts from around the internet suggest that Robby Gordon’s newest racing venture, Stadium Super Trucks, is on pace for a strong debut season in 2013.

Tickets for the series’ first three events—held at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—are now on sale. Phoenix and Los Angeles tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster, while Long Beach tickets can be purchased at the GPLB website, or in person at each respective event’s box office. The competitions will be held on April 6, April 21, and April 27, respectively, and feature the marquee Stadium Super Trucks, ATVs, UTVs, and the famed Bigfoot monster truck.

Meanwhile, Gordon and his team have been developing the Stadium Super Truck model, testing it over the past few weeks on a metal ramp akin to the one used in this year’s Global Rallycross Championship. The metal jump is guaranteed to appear at the Long Beach round, although it’s likely that most of the stadium-based events will feature dirt jumps.

Though it’s early to speculate on a driver lineup, interactions with the brand within the past few weeks may provide insights on who will compete. Gordon seems like a no-brainer to race in his own series, while this year’s Baja 1000 winner, B.J. Baldwin, and freestyle motocross star Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg have posted photos of the SST in the past few weeks. Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and former “The Bachelor” contestant, has also changed his Twitter cover photo to one of him testing an SST.

—Chris Leone

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Gordon Brings Stadium Super Trucks To SEMA, Announces Production Company

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The annual SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the most significant car shows in the world. As such, it represented a major opportunity for Robby Gordon to show off his new Stadium Super Trucks project, which has made a number of high-profile appearances and announcements during the show so far.

Attendees have seen two paint schemes on the trucks so far. The first, a generic SST-based scheme, shows off a list of series partners, such as Magnaflow, Toyo Tires, and NBC, which will broadcast the series in 2013. The second is a National Guard-sponsored truck wrapped by Panther Graphics to resemble Panther Racing’s IndyCar paint scheme for J.R. Hildebrand; Hildebrand, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 runner-up, tested an SST chassis earlier this year.

SST also announced the formation of its own in-house production team to create and distribute content for the 2013 season and beyond. The production company, which will occupy offices in both Los Angeles and Charlotte, will be headed by Jason Markham, a 20-plus-year veteran of motorsports programming. Markham’s most recent project was also within off-road racing, as he acted as supervising executive producer for 2010 and 2011 TORC Series broadcasts on the Velocity Channel.

Gordon, meanwhile, has been appearing on behalf of series sponsors at SEMA, signing autographs at both the Magnaflow and Toyo Tires booths in the past few days. You can check out an interview he did with Magnaflow here.

– Chris Leone

Gordon, SST Prepare For SEMA Showcase

Image via Stadium Super Trucks Facebook

The annual SEMA Show is the biggest event of its kind in the world, showcasing automotive specialty and aftermarket products from brands from around the world. Such a major event also represents a prime opportunity for Robby Gordon to showcase one of his Stadium Super Trucks to the industry, which he plans to do during the week.

Gordon, who has already lined up partnerships with such marquee names as broadcaster NBC, remote control car company Traxxas, and sanctioning body USAC, will appear at the Magnaflow booth on November 1 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Meanwhile, the truck is also scheduled to appear at the Toyo Tires booth, extending Gordon’s lengthy off-road partnership with the brand.

SST has also updated its Facebook cover photo, as seen here. The new photo reaffirms the multiple classes that will appear in the new championship: the flagship Stadium Super Truck, ATVs, UTVs, and the legendary Bigfoot monster truck, which has been sponsored by Gordon’s Speed Energy Drink brand since earlier this year. It also features the NBC and NBC Sports Network logos, which will broadcast seven and five races, respectively, next season.

– Chris Leone

SST, NBC Continue To Build Momentum In Anticipation of 2013

Image via Arie Luyendyk Jr. Twitter

Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks continues to pick up momentum for the 2013 season, as numerous friends of Gordon continue to check out the new formula and the series celebrates broadcast partner NBC’s deal to televise Formula 1 next year and beyond.

Recently, many of Gordon’s former CART rivals and fellow Californians have been spotted checking out the trucks. Jimmy Vasser, co-owner of IndyCar team KV Racing Technology, checked out the truck earliest last week, while Gordon’s longtime friend and occasional NASCAR driver P.J. Jones helped test the vehicle in Parker, Arizona this weekend.

Also testing the truck was Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” Luyendyk Jr., who finished second in the 2002 Indy Lights championship and currently commentates that series’ races for NBC Sports, has opted to move on from reality television to focus on resuming his racing career.

Meanwhile, as NBC welcomes Formula 1 to its motorsports broadcasting family, SST suddenly becomes part of one of the most formidable networks to broadcast racing events. With FOX’s SPEED Channel likely to transition to an all-sports network within the next 18 months, the network was outbid for broadcast rights for the next four years. F1 now joins SST and IndyCar as an NBC motorsports property, while the network also features Sunday Night Football, the Stanley Cup Finals, and Notre Dame football among its other sports broadcasts.

– Chris Leone

Stadium Super Trucks Lands TV Deal With NBC Sports

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This morning, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks announced that their entire 12-race 2013 schedule will be televised on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The 11 domestic and single international event will each be broadcast on delay, with seven of the events on broadcast and the other five on cable. Six races will be broadcast on the day after the event, while the other six will be broadcast a week after the event.

NBC has added SST to compete with CBS and CBS Sports’ coverage of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. NBC will also air the Traxxas TORC Series, a rival to LOORRS, from Crandon International Raceway on December 29; SST debuted alongside TORC at Crandon on Labor Day weekend.

The 2013 Stadium Super Trucks TV schedule is as follows:

  • April 14, 5-6 PM: University of Phoenix Stadium, NBC (race date: April 6)
  • April 28, 12-1 PM: Long Beach, NBC Sports (race date: April 21)
  • April 28, 1-2 PM: Los Angeles Coliseum, NBC Sports (race date: April 27)
  • May 12, 1-2 PM: Qualcomm Stadium, NBC Sports (race date: May 4)
  • May 26, 12:30-2 PM: Qualcomm Stadium, NBC Sports (race date: May 18)
  • June 9, 2-3 PM: Edward Jones Dome, NBC Sports (race date: June 8)
  • June 23, 2-3 PM: Soldier Field, NBC (race date: June 22)
  • July 7, 2:30-3:30 PM: Georgia Dome, NBC (race date: July 6)
  • July 20, 2-3 PM: Cowboys Stadium, NBC (race date: July 13)
  • July 27, 2-3 PM: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, NBC (race date: July 20)
  • August 4, 2:30-4 PM: International (TBA), NBC (race date: August 3)
  • November 10, 2-3:30 PM: Sam Boyd Stadium, NBC (race date: November 9)

Other broadcast details, including commentary teams, will be announced at a later date.

– Chris Leone

Six Drivers Contest First Stadium Super Trucks Race at Crandon

Photo credit: Tyler Spurgeon

Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks made their successful debut this weekend at Crandon International Raceway, putting on a six-truck exhibition event with numerous drivers from the Traxxas TORC Series involved. The event was won by B.J. Baldwin after a last-lap incident between series founder Robby Gordon and R.J. Anderson.

Short bios on the six drivers involved:

  • Gordon needs no introduction, both as series founder and a well-accomplished off-road, NASCAR, and IndyCar driver. Gordon has seven SCORE Off-Road championships, three Baja 1000 wins, and multiple stage wins in the Dakar Rally.
  • Race winner “Ballistic” B.J. Baldwin has four off-road championships to his name. He currently ranks third in the SCORE Desert Championship in his Trophy Truck, only 17 points off of the series lead.
  • R.J. Anderson began his off-road racing career at age 14; now at 19, he races in the Pro Lites category of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. He leads that championship by 55 points through 12 of 15 rounds with four race wins and eight podiums.
  • Nick Baumgartner began racing trucks only recently after a long and accomplished snowboard career, including a gold medal in Snowboard Cross at the 2011 Winter X Games. After taking MORR’s Rookie of the Year award last season, he’s currently ranked sixth in TORC Pro Lites.
  • “The Wildman” Adrian Cenni runs in the Pro 4×4 class of the TORC Series, where he currently ranks fifth in points with two Oakley Bomb Awards and a best finish of second place multiple times. He has 11 career wins in the class and many more podium finishes.
  • Justin Matney is owner of RPM Offroad, the team that puts together Gordon’s numerous off-road programs. As co-driver for Juan Carlos Lopez, Matney took first place finishes on both Saturday and Sunday in Class 6 of this year’s SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Future developments on Stadium Super Trucks will be forthcoming as the series continues to finalize its 2013 schedule.

– Chris Leone

More Events Confirmed on Stadium Super Trucks Schedule

Just before the debut of Stadium Super Trucks at Crandon International Raceway this Saturday, the series has announced tweaks and additions to the schedule that both finalize proposed dates and have boosted the schedule from 10 events to 12.

The June 8 Missouri race date has been awarded to St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome, while the July 20 (formerly June 22) Minnesota event will go to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, and the November 9 Las Vegas season finale will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium. Meanwhile, the April 19 California race will be held in Long Beach in an as-yet-unconfirmed venue.

The two additional events have been scheduled for June 22 and an unconfirmed August date. The former race will go to either Chicago or Kansas City, while the August event will purportedly be an international showcase. The pending race date in Texas, which could go to any of a number of supercross stadiums, has also been moved forward two weeks, from July 27 to July 13.

In mid-August, the series confirmed events on April 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ; April 27 at Los Angeles Coliseum; May 4 and 18 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego; and July 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

– Chris Leone

Stadium Super Trucks Close In On Crandon Debut, Announce First Driver

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While the full driver roster for the first race in Stadium Super Trucks history hasn’t yet been released, at least one driver has been confirmed: longtime Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group competitor and Traxxas TORC Series founder Ricky Johnson.

Johnson began his career as a supercross racer, leading the sport in all-time wins at the time of his retirement in 1991. From there, he began running off-road and stock car races, competing in the Craftsman Truck Series, ASA, and Baja 1000 with decent success. He founded TORC in 2009 before selling it to USAC in 2010; USAC will also sanction Stadium Super Trucks races. Johnson’s last championship came in the Pro 2 class in 2010, after defeating Rob MacCachren in a heated battle.

Other drivers have not yet been announced, but Gordon will likely be racing one of his own trucks. Other TORC drivers to test the SST setup in July include Pro 4’s Mike and Mark Jenkins and Pro Light’s Andrew Caddell and Casey Currie.

This weekend’s races will be broadcast online at xsan.tv as part of the site’s coverage of the Traxxas TORC Series. Coverage starts at 10 AM on both September 1 and September 2.

– Chris Leone

Stadium Super Trucks Announces Tentative 2013 Schedule

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After months of testing and anticipation, and just weeks before the series debuts at Crandon International Raceway, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks has announced a tentative 10-race schedule for the 2013 season.

The schedule includes confirmed events in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Atlanta, as well as a season finale in an as-yet-unconfirmed location in Nevada in November. The full schedule is as follows:

  • April 8, 2013: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
  • April 19: California (venue TBA)
  • April 27: Los Angeles Coliseum
  • May 4: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
  • May 18: Qualcomm Stadium
  • June 8: Missouri (venue TBA)
  • June 22: Minnesota (venue TBA)
  • July 6: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
  • July 27: Texas (venue TBA)
  • November: Nevada (venue TBA)

The states with as-yet-unconfirmed venues all have multiple options for the stadium-based series. Many of the events could take place in stadiums that host supercross events; Missouri offers the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Minnesota has the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, and Nevada features Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Texas, meanwhile, offers two options: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and Reliant Stadium in Houston.

As for the unconfirmed California event, another appearance at Los Angeles Coliseum is an option. Anaheim’s Angel Stadium, Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium all host supercross events and could be converted as well.

More details should become available on the series as it closes in on its debut event at Crandon. Fans looking for updates on the series can also sign up for its newsletter, which can be found here.

– Chris Leone

Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks Prepare For Debut At Crandon

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For the majority of the 2012 racing season, multi-talented racing legend Robby Gordon has been developing his Stadium Super Trucks, an indoor off-road racing concept based on the long-defunct Mickey Thompson Racing Series of the 1980s and 1990s. After multiple testing days and shakedown runs by such well-known drivers as J.R. Hildebrand, Brian Deegan, and Samuel Hubinette, Gordon is finally ready to debut the trucks in race trim.

Six of Gordon’s new vehicles will take part in the Stadium Super Trucks Race of Champions during Labor Day weekend at Crandon International Raceway in Wisconsin. The SST event will support the Traxxas TORC Series, which features Bryce Menzies in its 2WD division and has seen appearances by Travis Pastrana and Matt Crafton this year.

Currently, a driver roster for the SST event has not been announced, though the series promises elite talent. Gordon will likely be competing, with the majority of other drivers likely coming from off-road backgrounds. Over a dozen drivers showed up for Gordon’s test session in July, including TORC 4×4 points leader Ricky Johnson and Pro Light leader Andrew Caddell. Meanwhile, the rival Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is off that weekend, while Global Rallycross’ decision to push its September 1 race date back by two weeks may free Deegan and Hubinette to compete.

Gordon is planning for a 10-race season in 2013, with events at the Los Angeles Coliseum and University of Phoenix Stadium among those on the schedule.

– Chris Leone