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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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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