Toyo sweeps podium at Inaugural Stadium SUPER Trucks Race
Stadium-style off-road racing has made its exciting return in the U.S. this past weekend at the inaugural Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) race held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Toyo Tires celebrated a podium sweep during the 18-lap final — the top three trucks riding on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires. The No. 21 Traxxas entry scored a decisive first place victory over the No. 8 SPEED Energy truck piloted by Justin Matney, followed by Robby Gordon in third driving the No. 7 SPEED Energy/MAPEI race truck.
The Toyo Open Country M/T-R has a history of winning championships in both desert and short-course off-road racing. Toyo Tires scored an off-road racing Trifecta in 2012 winning the SCORE, Best in the Desert and LOORS Pro 4 series championships. The Stadium SUPER Trucks series adds another dimension for proving its winning capabilities off-the-road.
“Toyo Tires was proud to be a part of Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Truck race in Phoenix this past weekend,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Sweeping the podium of the first-ever SST race is especially gratifying since the SST spec trucks are evenly matched, making the drivers and the tires the biggest factors in the race results.”
“Race one is in the books and it was pretty gnarly. Congratulations to everybody at Toyo, they podiumed the whole thing across the board,” said Robby Gordon. “I’m really happy, and I think the weekend went pretty good. I think it was good competition for everybody involved, and I’m looking forward to the next event at Long Beach Grand Prix.”
The next event in the series will be at the Long Beach Grand Prix in Long Beach, California. The trucks will demonstrate their skills on a paved grand prix course with manmade ramps to provide an entirely new challenge to both trucks and drivers.
All 12 SST events in 2013 will be televised via tape delay on NBC networks, seven on NBC and five on NBC Sports. Check local listings for channels and times.