If you enjoy the two-wheel of excitement of Supercross in their races with the tight turns and jumps, keep reading this article.
If you enjoy Monster Truck events and watching big trucks jump over jumps, stay tuned.
If you are a fan of trucks in general and like racing, heck, you should keep reading as well.
Why? Let me know introduce you to something that you I got introduced to earlier this month.
Combining the course that you would see two-wheeled riders take on in a stadium with the excitement that monster trucks can bring by jumping jumps is a new series – Stadium Super Trucks.
The action packed events that these drivers deliver will keep you on the edge of your seat every minute of the event. Whether it’s watching them jump over the jumps, sometimes a little sideways at that, or whether it’s getting up on two wheels in the tight corners. Either way, it has that edge of excitement that every motorsports fan craves.
So who do we have to thank for this excitement? Robby Gordon and his extraordinary team of hard workers.
Back in the 1980s, fans were treated to an event of this caliper. Heck, some of you who are reading this may remember it and may have even seen an event up-close and personal.
Back in 1979, Mickey Thompson, an off-road racing legend, formed a series called Mickey Thompson Off-Road, hosting events in stadiums. Robby Gordon ran in the series alongside Thompson, winning a championship in 1988. He was also joined by other drivers that you may recognize, guys like Jimmie Johnson.
The Stadium Super Truck Series has took the courtesy of putting together a historical look at the series was with what Thompson had before and a glimpse of what Gordon has created now. That video can be viewed on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciJe5YsEpo8.
Sadly, in 1988, Thompson and his wife were murdered, and the series only survived a short time after that. The disappointment in it falling apart was felt by many, including Gordon.
“I essentially want to bring it back, which is what we’ve done,” Gordon said earlier this month. “We are putting people in the grandstands. We’re off and running.”
Once the pieces came together, drivers jumped at the chance to join the line-up, including Justin Lofton and 2011 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee Rob MacCachren.
“I used to race in the old Mickey Thompson Series in the 80s,” MacCachren said. “When this started coming together with Robby Gordon and this series, I wanted to be a part of it. I loved racing in the stadiums. We traveled all over, even a trip to Montreal.
“Thankfully one of my sponsors Traxxas wanted to be in the series and here I am.”
So far, everybody is picking up on what I spoke of earlier and excitement that the series can offer. There has been concerns over the schedule changes, but that’s simply due to business.
“That’s just a fact of business with the audience with the east coast and Midwest not knowing off-road racing like they do on the west coast,” Gordon said. “It’s just going to take us a while doing events like the Honda Indy.”
Gordon has partnered up with Indy to do an event alongside the IndyCars. They did one at St. Petersburg, followed by the Honda Indy Toronto in July. They’re hoping to do Houston as well.
“I think it’s good that we come to events like the Honda Indy Toronto and do events here because I think there’s an opportunity to do four or five races a year with IndyCars,” he said. “If we do four or five races a year with IndyCars and four or five stadiums, we can complete a whole season.”
Like many action sports, whether asphalt car racing or supercross or monster trucks, you can’t truly experience it unless you’re there in person to see the high jumps right in your face, see the speed right before and take in the excitement. So make sure to put one of their events on your schedule in the future and check it out. I promise that you won’t be sorry that you did.
For more information on the Super Stadium Truck Series, check out the series website at http://stadiumsupertrucks.com/ssts/