With the racing season across the board at a close, the focus is already shifting to what 2014 will bring. Among the series that will be looking for a big follow-up after a great year of action is the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks.
After a season that saw many changes and many different tracks, plus many drivers that had vast racing backgrounds, the 2014 season schedule is looking to not only follow up with excellent action, but break into new markets.
The 2014 season will both start and end in Las Vegas, where last year's season came to a conclusion. Also returning to the schedule for next year will be stops in San Diego, Long Beach, Toronto and Costa Mesa.
Among the highlights of the inaugural season were the three races that were run alongside the IndyCar Series in Long Beach and Toronto, which saw the off-road trucks compete on the street courses and take on metal ramps. It allowed the trucks to perform in front of a big audience and also give big television exposure.
"Having an opportunity to showcase these trucks last season at places like the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Honda Indy Toronto was tremendously successful,” said series founder and 2013 SST champion Robby Gordon.
"Since then the outreach from promoters asking us to bring the SST series to their venues has given us all a great sense of pride and proves to us that we have a series that is exactly what it was designed to be: the most unbelievable, jaw-dropping form of auto racing in the world.”
The Long Beach and Toronto events next year look to be two-race weekends for the trucks. Also going to a two-day weekend event will be Costa Mesa, which could be run once again as part of the Sand Sports Super Show.
New markets are being reached with next year's schedule also. Even though the venues have not been announced, the SST Series will be making first-ever stops in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will have dates in both Indianapolis, Indiana, plus one event in Texas. There is still one date yet to be released, but with the addition of the undisclosed date, it will be a 15-race schedule.
Not on the schedule for 2014 is the LA Coliseum, where Gordon announced the return of stadium off-road racing, St. Louis and a stop in Crandon, Wisconsin, which hosted two races at the Crandon International Speedway, one of which included the trucks running the reverse direction of the track.
Here's a look at the official 2014 SST Schedule, minus the one undisclosed date:
- March 7: Las Vegas, NV
- March 29-30: St. Petersburg, FL
- April 12-13: Long Beach, CA
- May 23: Indianapolis, IN
- May 31-June 1: Detroit, MI
- June 7: Texas
- July 19-20: Toronto, ON
- Sept. 19-20: Costa Mesa, CA
- Sept. 21: San Diego, CA
- Nov. 7: Las Vegas, NV
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