X Games: Largest Formula Off-Road field ever to compete
20 trucks ready to take the green flag in Austin
A live national television audience will see 20 Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium Super Trucks race at the beautiful Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for X Games Austin. The live ESPN and ABC broadcast of the TRAXXAS series will mark the first time the TRAXXAS series or off-road racing has enjoyed a live network broadcast.
Two heat races with 10 trucks each will race at 12 p.m. EDT Sunday live on ESPN. The first eight finishers in each race will transfer to the final which will feature 16 trucks. The broadcast of the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS will begin at 2 p.m. EDT on ABC, with the green flag falling at 2:20 p.m.
The majority of the trucks practiced at the COTA facility Friday afternoon.
Several drivers, including Justin Matney, Jay Reichert, B.J. Baldwin and Robby Gordon are in Ensenada, Mexico competing in Saturday’s Baja 500, one of the crown jewels of off-road racing. NASCAR’s Justin Lofton who is competing at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series race and also missed Friday’s first practice. All 20 drivers will have another opportunity on the track Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (CDT) with qualifying for the two heat races coming immediately following practice.
Venezuelan driver and Verizon IndyCar driver E.J. Viso (in photo) swept all three Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS races at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix last weekend, and will be looking to make it four straight in Austin. Other series winners in 2014 include Apdaly Lopez of Tecate, B.C. Mexico (1 win); P.J. Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz. (1) and Orange, California’s Gordon (3).
Created in 2013 as a series featuring identically prepared 600-horse-power trucks racing on DOT-approved Toyo Tires, the series’ popularity is driven by the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks, off-road racing and the unique extreme-sport format of the trucks. The Traxxas-branded trucks are capable of launching more than 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet. Speeds in excess of 150 mph reached on long straights. What sets the program apart from other racing series is that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Races are decided by driver skill alone rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST technicians who together tune and make minor adjustments to the trucks.
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SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS X Games Austin Driver Entry List:
Pos. Truck No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1. 3 Charles Dorrance Piasa Group Austin, Texas
2. 5 Scotty Steele Steele Racing Peoria, Ariz.
3. 6 Justin Lofton Cometic Westmorland, Calif.
4. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED/TRAXXAS/Toyo
5. 8 Justin Matney RPM Off Road Bristol, Va.
6. 9 Bobby Runyan Jr. Hoonigan/Kooks Headers Modesto, Calif.
7. 10 Greg Adler 4 Wheel Parts/Toyo Tires Los Angeles, Calif.
8. 12 Nick Baumgartner Loctite Iron River, Mich.
9. 13 Nick Vanis ICON Wraps/Vanis Plumbing Long Beach, Calif.
10. 18 Apdaly Lopez VisitMexico.com/RPM Off Road Tecate, B.C. Mexico
11. 19 E.J. Viso Live/Momo/Gridstar Racing Caracas, Venezuela
12. 25 Arie Luyendyk Jr. Gunk Scottsdale, Ariz.
13. 26 Jay Reichert Rigid Industries Austin, Texas
14. 47 Keegan Kincaid TRAXXAS Crandon, Wisc.
15. 50 Burt Jenner Gladiator Los Angeles, Calif.
16. 55 Gavin Harlien Tonka Austin, Texas
17. 74 Sheldon Creed TRAXXAS Alpine, Calif.
18. 77 Jerett Brooks RePlay XD/Synergy Electric Alpine, Calif.
19. 91 Henrique Cisneros Momo/Gridstar Racing Caracas, Venezuela
20. 97 B.J. Baldwin Toyo Tires Las Vegas, Nev.
Viso three for three in Detroit trucks
Arie Luyendyk Jr. to run his Formula Off-Road truck at the X Games Sunday