CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the drivers of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks ™ prepare to make history on the temporary 2.824 km 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 Series Champion, 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.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Tracy will return to racing in front of his hometown fans for the first time since 2011. Capturing three victories previously on the course in 22 starts, Tracy will use his aggressive driving style and track experience to lead the No. 3 SportsNet Canada truck to the front.
“I’m thrilled to race with Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Truck Series in my hometown of Toronto this weekend,” Tracy said “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 (CA) Sand Dunes So I’m hoping to bring some added excitement to my fans in Toronto.”
With enthusiasm Tracy also added.
“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.”
Also joining Tracy on the streets of Toronto will be Jimmy Vasser, veteran IndyCar driver, 1996 CART/Champ Car Champion, and co-owner of the KV Racing Technology IndyCar team. Hailing from Canoga Park, Calif., Vasser will make his return to Toronto for the 14th time in his career driving the Traxxas No. 12. With experience driving off-road vehicles in Baja-style desert racing, Vasser will look to use that experience to improve on his career best (open wheel/CART) finish of second place on the street course.
Vasser commented on being part of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 7 and 8 in Toronto.
“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 to 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.
Sunday’s race will be aired live on SportsNet Ontario and SportsNet 360 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Ticket prices for the Honda Indy Toronto range from $35 for a Saturday general admission ticket to $50 for a two-day general admission ticket. For tickets and a full festival schedule visit hondaindy.com or call (877) 503-6869.
All information including where to purchase your tickets for the 2013 season can be found at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com.