ADELAIDE, South Australia (March 1, 2015) – Second-generation off-road racing expert Keegan Kincaid captured his first Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium Super Trucks street circuit win in convincing fashion Sunday in the finale of the Toyo Tires SST race on the temporary street circuit in Victoria Park Adelaide in front of a announced crowd of 93,500 truck racing fans.
Kincaid, a native of Crandon, Wisc., driving his No. 47 Traxxas-sponsored truck, inherited the lead from Brad Gallard of Renmark, South Australia as his No. 454 Peter Kittle Motor Company truck took the third metal ramp of the 14-turn 2.012 mile (3.219 km) temporary street course awkwardly resulting in a rough landing which sent the truck into a spin.
Exciting Alpine, Calif. off-road regular Sheldon Creed wasted no time moving to the front of the pack from his seventh starting position. Back row starters E.J. Viso of Caracas, Venezuela and Robby Gordon of Orange, California immediately followed Creed to the front of the pack and created a tremendous four-truck battle also involving Australian driver Matt Mingay of Gold Coast, Queensland. Battling corner to corner, sliding sideways and smoking his tires, Viso make contact with Mingay in corner 6 causing them both to spin.
Gordon and Creed then broke away from the rest of the pack three wheeling and trailing each other closely swamping the second position multiple times behind Kincaid. As Kincaid controlled the race, Gordon and Creed put on a driving performance for the ages maneuvering their 600-horsepower Traxxas trucks around the track much to the delight of the ecstatic crowd.
Gordon made a last-corner pass on Creed who missed his mark and lost control of his truck just short of the finish line. Creed created the highlight of the race crossing the finish line upside and backward after jumping the second ramp just short of the line.
After making contact with the wall just past the finish line, the Traxxas truck never stopped moving and righted itself landing on all four Toyo Tires, allowing Creed to get back in the gas and pull away from the roll as if nothing happened, much of the delight of the thousands of fans cheering on their feet. Dodging the rolling truck of Creed, Australian stuntman Mingay crossed the line fourth in his No. 2 Hot Wheels sponsored truck.
Renmark, South Australia’s Brad Gallard was fifth in his Peter Kittle Motor Company No. 454 followed by veteran Australian racer Nathan Pretty in the Toyo Tires, Gear Wrench TRAXXAS truck. Charles Dorrance from Austin, Texas in the Light Force Performance Lighting truck finished seventh. Dakar Rally cycle podium finisher Toby Price of Aberglasslyn, New South Wales finished eighth after having to serve a late stop and go penalty. Nazareth, Penn. driver Bill Hynes in the No. 57 LIVE SST Truck rounded out trucks on the lead lap while LIVE teammate Viso suffered a mechanical problem and finish 10.
The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas series will continue with Rounds No. 4 & 5 March 27-29 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tickets to the race are available through the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg web site at www.gpstpete.com/.
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.
3. Sheldon Creed No. 74 Alpine, Calif. Traxxas
4. Matt Mingay No. 2 Gold Coast, Queensland. Hot Wheels/Castrol Edge/Go Pro
5. Brad Gallard No. 454 Renmark, South Australia. Peter Kittle Motor Company/Toyo Tires
6. Nathan Pretty No. 56 Melbourne, Victoria. Toyo Tires/Go Pro/Gear Wrench
7. Charles Dorrance No. 3 Austin, Texas Light Force Performance Lighting
8. Toby Price No. 87 Aberglasslyn, New South Whales. TCQ Quarry Co./KTM Australia/ Doonside.com Cattle/Lancaster/TobyPrice.com
9. Bill Hynes No. 57 Nazareth, Penn. LIVE/United Fiber & Data/Think Loud Development
DNF E.J. Viso No. 5 Caracas, Venezuela LIVE/ United Fiber & Data/Think Loud Development/SBA Airlines