Ahead of its inaugural period, Great American Shortcourse (GAS) is signing up with pressures with an additional off-road-savvy collection. On Thursday, GAS revealed it has actually created a collaboration with the Stadium Super Trucks (SST) and also King of the Hammers (KOH) for 2021, which will certainly consist of 2 brand-new occasions and also a chance at a permanent SST flight in 2022.
As component of the brand-new partnership, SST and also GAS will certainly hold a mix race weekend break in Southern California on 13/14 November; the weekend break will certainly act as both collection’ period endings. Details such as an occasion name and also location were not instantly disclosed.
Southern California is just one of the biggest centers for off-road auto racing on the West Coast. SST has actually competed in the area on many celebrations, most especially with the Grand Prix of Long Beach getting on the schedule considering that the inaugural period in 2013. Other SoCal races have actually happened at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and also the now-demolished SDCCU Stadium in San Diego in 2013, the Sand Sports Super Show (Costa Mesa) from 2013 to 2016, the Coronado Speed Festival (San Diego) in 2014, Glen Helen Raceway (San Bernardino) in 2018, and also Lake Elsinore Diamond (Lake Elsinore) in 2017 and also 2018. Lake Elsinore, a baseball park whose 2017 race was the period ending, resulted from return in 2020 prior to being terminated as a result of COVID-19.
“SST has teamed with GAS and Dave Cole to build a ladder system for Off Road Motorsport,” published SST creator Robby Gordon on Instagram. “Our Goal is that young drivers continue to get the opportunities to grow there craft and get the opportunity like a few motorsport legends.”
Other races on the GAS routine have actually not been revealed, though the collection has actually shared strategies to run 4 rounds, with 2 in April and also May and also the others in October and also November. The 2021 SST routine presently has the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in April and also Long Beach in September, while its Australian equivalent Boost Mobile Super Trucks has actually a validated day at Darwin in June and also is servicing auto racing at Tasmania in April.
GAS was released in February by Cole and also Lee Perfect as the latest West Coast brief training course off-road auto racing collection. This self-control has actually sustained an instead stormy background as approving bodies reoccured; the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and also TORC: The Off-Road Championship acted as the premier organizations in the 2010s, with different motorists in both taking place to contend in various other types of motorsport like NASCAR, yet folded up as a result of economic difficulty (a destiny that additionally befell their precursors). Prior to GAS, Perfect was the race supervisor for LOORRS’ local department.
“I believe maintaining a connection with the grass roots racer while still providing opportunities for professional growth is crucial and I am glad Robby and Dave share that vision,” Perfect mentioned.
Cole is the Chief Executive Officer of Hammerking Productions, which manages King of the Hammers. Held every February at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California, considering that 2007, KOH is a desert and also rock-traversing occasion that is considered among one of the most tough races in the off-road globe. The 2021 race saw simply 37 of 84 motorists complete within the fourteen-hour time frame.
“Robby and I believe that by working together as a team we can create better opportunities for our racers, fans and sponsors and we look forward to a future of continued collaboration as the GAS series matures,” stated Cole.
The 2022 KOH weekend break will certainly include a GAS “all-star” race called the Off Road Race of Champions (ORROC), in which champs from GAS’s Mod Kart, Production UTV, Production Turbo UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite, and also Pro 2 courses contend versus each various other in arena vehicles. Although the terms have yet to be settled, the champion of the race will certainly be awarded with a seat for the complete 2022 SST period.
“These are a few of many steps we will be taking that are geared toward creating opportunities for our driver’s progression as professional athletes,” GAS founder Ryan Thomas included. “We believe this mindset is vital for the sustainability of our sport and we are excited about the partnership with Robby and SST.”