Detroit,Mi- Adding even more excitement and bringing an extreme element to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, it was confirmed today that the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) Series will compete at next summer’s event, May 30-June 1, 2014. Although it’s only the second season, the series is coming off a wildly-popular debut in 2013, and the momentum won’t stop there. The SST Series will compete on the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit with two races run during Grand Prix weekend. These high-flying trucks will launch from a standing start for each race and will jump ramps that will be scattered on the Grand Prix race circuit.
With trucks expected to reach speeds over 120 mph, blasting off more than 15 feet in the air and covering distances more than 75 feet on Belle Isle, the SST Series is unique in the sense that all trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Drivers do not have an advantage over others because they have a bigger budget or greater technology, these equally skilled drivers are assigned SST crew members who make minor adjustments at a driver’s request. The rules are specific as to what changes are permitted on the trucks so that the technology in the trucks remains equal.
Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, is anxious to get the series started. “All the fans at the Grand Prix are going to love watching the SST Series trucks in action, these trucks can just fly and it will be incredible to watch them battle wheel-to-wheel on the streets of Belle Isle.”
In addition to the SST Series, the IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series will also compete at Belle Isle in 2014. With two races run in SST, IndyCar and World Challenge competition, fans will have the convenient opportunity to enjoy seven great races over the course of three days at Belle Isle.
Created by former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, the 1995 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix polesitter and race winner, the SST Series raced at the Long Beach and Toronto street circuits with the IndyCar Series this past season. In 2014, the series will feature 15 rounds of competition among 10 race venues, including the ESPN X Games in Austin, Tex.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to bring the SST Trucks to Detroit and race next season at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” said Gordon, who is also participating in the series. “We believe SST is the most extreme and exciting form of motorsports on four wheels in the world and we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to the fans in the Motor City.”
Complementing the presence of Gordon, an off-road racer Rob McCachren, who finished second in the SST Series season championship,will join the series featuring other popular drivers that raced in the series this year included Paul Tracy, Davey Hamilton, Justin Lofton, Kyle LeDuc, Arie Luyendyk Jr., P.J. Jones, Mike Jenkins and Ricky Johnson.
For more information, visit www.DetroitGP.com