Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks series will be added to the debut of X Games Austin in June, the former NASCAR and Indy 500 racer announced on Wednesday. The X Games Austin event will be one of 15 stops on the 2014 SST tour, following its inaugural season in 2013.
"The schedule we had for 2014 was already very good and to be able to add X Games Austin in to the mix is a tremendous opportunity for us," Gordon told XGames.com. "I'm stoked beyond belief and really feel like this is going to be a perfect fit, building on the X Games motorsports tradition with motocross events and the Global Rally Cross partnership. We are probably the most extreme motorsport there is and we can't wait to prove it in Austin."
Gordon's series sends off-road trucks soaring through the air -- over distances of as much as 150 feet and heights over 20 feet, depending on the ramp angle -- as they careen around pavement and dirt courses. The racing format is similar to the X Games RallyCross and EnduroCross events, and was inspired by Mickey Thompson's Stadium Off-Road Racing Series.
“We’re thrilled to have Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series join the complement of sports at X Games Austin,” said Tim Reed, senior director of content strategy, in a statement released by SST. “We look forward to working with the Stadium Super Truck team, and showcasing to ESPN X Games audiences around the world a very entertaining form of truck racing.”
A key difference between the rally and enduro events is that the SST racers each get identical trucks for each race, and don't get to tune them with their mechanics teams until race weekend, making for races that are more about driver skill than big team budgets.
"What they're getting is a 3,000 pound bundle of total chaos," says Gordon, "The trucks are very fun to drive, with 600 horsepower in the engine, 49 degrees of steering angle so the amount of sideways action is incredible, 25 inches of rear wheel travel, and 19 inches of front wheel travel so there's a lot of play coming off the jumps."
Gordon, a 7-time SCORE International Off-Road Racing champion and former NASCAR and Indy 500 racer, won the SST tour championship title in 2013 by just seven points over his closest competitor, Rob MacCachren.
"It came down to a gnarly battle at the final event," Gordon says. "Both of us had problems in the last race, but I crashed and kept going. We're both looking forward to the rematch in 2014 and the chance to compete in front of the X Games crowd in Austin, which has always been a great town for motorsports and where I have many, many friends from every kind of racing. We're working with the X Games promoters now to create a race course worthy of the event."