This past Sunday, your favorite magazine got to head out to the beach for a day of racing on the streets of Long Beach, California. But we weren’t there for the Indy cars or the drifting! Instead, for first time ever off-road trucks took over the race course as multi-talented racer Robby Gordon and 11 other Stadium Super Trucks (SST) series drivers assaulted the pavement for round two Robby’s new Speed Energy stadium racing series.
Modeled after the world famous Mickey Thompson stadium series of yesteryear (the championship trophy is going to be named after Thompson), the SST series consists of twelve events at top-notch venues around the country. But these days the trucks are 600 horsepower, LS-powered machines with 20 inches of travel!
With equipment like that, you’d expect a pretty stellar roster of drivers, and the SST series delivers in that department, too. Robby, Rob MacCachren, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., along with Supercross legends Jeff Ward and Ricky Johnson, 22-year-old Mexican racing prodigy Lalo Laguna, NASCAR driver Justin Lofton, local hero Greg Adler and a handful of others. It’s an eclectic bunch of racers that should help make for an action-packed season.
So far in the series, the standouts are Rob MacCachren, who dominated the season opener in Phoenix, and Justin Lofton, who had the quickest lap time in Phoenix but is obviously at home on the pavement because he took the top spot on the podium in Long Beach.
You heard it right; this was no watered down exhibition run! Three purpose-built ramps were placed on the Long Beach Grand Prix track and these guys diced and bashed around the entire course in front of an enormous crowd of stunned Indy Car fans. Check out the photos and don’t forget about the next round of Super Stadium Truck Racing right here in SoCal at the Los Angeles Coliseum this coming Saturday, April 27th. You can check out the full schedule and more information at the www.stadiumsupertrucks.com site.