As the drivers of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks prepare to make history on the temporary street course of the Honda Indy Toronto July 12-14, two champion drivers with a plethora of laps around the course will be looking to make their first-ever SST series start.
Paul Tracy, 2003 CART Series champion, and 1996 CART champ Jimmy Vasser will belt into their specially designed 600-horsepower Stadium SUPER Trucks and tackle the familiar course drifting around corners, launching over metal jumps and flying more than 50 feet through the air.
For Ontario native Tracy it will be his first time racing in front of his hometown fans since 2011.
“I’m thrilled to race with Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Truck Series in my hometown of Toronto this weekend,” said Tracy, who will drive the No. 3 SportsNet Canada truck. “I’ve been a fan of the SST events this year and have a good bit of experience in off-road vehicles at the Glamis (Calif.) Sand Dunes, so I’m hoping to bring some added excitement to my fans in Toronto.
“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and kicking Robby’s butt around the track with the ‘chrome horn’ just like the old times. I have to give thanks to Robby, SportsNet Canada and KMC Wheels for giving me this opportunity. I cannot wait to get back home to Toronto.”
Vasser, 1996 CART/Champ Car champion and co-owner of the KV Racing Technology IndyCar team, will drive the Traxxas No. 12. With experience driving off-road vehicles in Baja-style desert racing, Vasser will look to use that experience on the street course.
“I am very excited to be part of Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks this weekend,” said Vasser, who now lists 2013 Indy 500 winning team owner among his credits. “With Paul (Tracy), Robby (Gordon), and P. J. (Jones) out there, it will be just like the old times in the CART Champ Car Series. I’ve driven a Class 1 buggy a few times down at Baja. So I’ll use that experience gained, along with my CART background here. I’m hoping to put together a good run and capture my first win on the streets of Toronto.
“I appreciate the opportunity from Robby and everyone at Traxxas. If you are in the Toronto area this weekend make sure to come check it out.”
Round No. 7 of SST Competition will begin at the conclusion of Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series main event, while Round No. 8 will roll off Sunday just prior to the green flag of the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto finale.