CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires® is proud to announce it is the official tire of SPEED® Energy Formula Off-Road in 2014. As a result, all Stadium Super Trucks (SST) running in the series will compete on Toyo® Open Country® A/T II tires. Toyo Open Country tires are known for their traction, durability, and uniformity. These qualities provide racers with sure footing for maximum performance, while the introduction of a spec tire further evens the competitive field.
The series was founded by former NASCAR® and IndyCar® driver Robby Gordon, who is also an off-road champion and long-time Team Toyo® driver. The 600-plus horsepower SST trucks tackle a serpentine race course with ramp jumps that can launch them 20 feet in the air. Speeds can reach as high as 130-mph, making for a true spectacle to excite the fans.
This marks an expanded partnership between the two organizations as Toyo Tires supported the then Stadium SUPER Trucks™ in its inaugural season last year and celebrated winning the overall championship with Gordon.
“Toyo Tires is both excited and proud to be the exclusive tire selected by Robby Gordon for the 2014 SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road series,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “By winning the inaugural Stadium SUPER Truck championship last year, we have proven that Toyo Open Country tires are up to the task of being the spec tire of this exciting series.”
“Toyo Tires has been a partner of Formula Off-Road since its inception,” said Gordon, “and we are obviously grateful for their support, but more importantly the tires they provide our competitors are extremely reliable and fit the series perfectly. The same tires we race on the SST’s are on my personal vehicle and we race a similar tire in other off-road races including the Dakar Rally and Baja 1000. Even with the abuse we put on the Toyo Open Country tires they always perform for us, it’s great to have Toyo Tires back in the Formula Off-Road Series again for our second season.”
The 2014 SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road series features 13 races around high profile events including the Indianapolis 500® in Indianapolis, IN; the 2014 X Games® in Austin, TX and the Sand Sports Super Show in Orange County, CA.
Twelve SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road events in 2014 will be televised via tape delay on NBC Sports Network, with the exception of the X Games Austin event which will be broadcast live on ABC/ESPN. Check local listings for channels and times; and be sure to watch tonight’s broadcast (May 1) of the race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach at 10:30 p.m. PDT/ 1:30 a.m. EDT on NBC Sports Network. For more information on the series visit http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com.
Look for the Toyo Tires big rig and models at SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road events around the country, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for photos and updates from the series.