The Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS stadium truck series will compete for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Friday, May 23, to complete the activities for “Carb Day,” the traditional final day of practice for the Indianapolis 500.
The “Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS” race will take place on a modified course on the front straight of the 2.5-mile oval and a portion of the infield road course.
“Coors Light Carb Day is a fan favorite at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because it combines racing and other entertainment in one afternoon and the addition of the TRAXXAS series to our schedule provides further excitement during the day,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “The Stadium Super Trucks race often with the Verizon IndyCar Series and produce an incredibly exciting style of racing everywhere they run and we look forward to seeing them put on a show at IMS.”
The Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas series features identically prepared trucks, which are made to resemble their scaled-down TRAXXAS radio-control-car counterparts. Like their TRAXXAS namesake, the trucks are designed to take flight and withstand aggressive driving; however, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds greater than 130mph.
The trucks will hit man-made ramps at more than 100mph at multiple locations throughout the circuit, hurling drivers nearly 20 feet in the air and 150 feet down course. The series was created to bring the excitement of Baja-style desert racing to large crowds of race fans.
The opportunity to race at the Brickyard will also mark the third time in 2014 the TRAXXAS series will race with the Verizon IndyCar Series, and marks the return of series founder Robby Gordon to competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“My first trip to Indy as a competitor was in 1993 driving for A.J. Foyt,” said Gordon, whjo has competed in both the Indioanapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. “I grew up watching Rick Mears, A.J. and others race at the Speedway and dreamed of driving there, but I never imagined we would race off-road trucks at Indy. I have a lot of great memories from Indianapolis and this will be another one added to the list.”
The Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS will be broadcast on NBCSN June 13 at midnight ET.
The schedule for Coors Light Carb Day is:
11:00 a.m. Indianapolis 500 Practice
12:30 p.m. Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
2:00 p.m. TAG Heuer Pit Stop Competition
3:15 p.m. Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by Traxxas Practice
3:30 p.m. Coors Light Carb Day Concert with Sammy Hagar and the Wabos and Sublime
4:40 p.m. Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS Race