Truck racing, what a concept… Given the show these guys put on this weekend, I have a difficult time understanding why it has had trouble gaining traction here in the states.
Like John Condren’s Optima Battery ChumpCar World Series, Meritor ChampTruck is dedicated to bringing racing back into the reach of the average guy or gal. In this case, folks that happen to, as Mike Ryan puts it, “like to play with trucks”. Basically take an old beat down single axle semi tractor, like the ones you share the freeway with everyday, fit it with the essential safety gear, cage, seat, harnesses, fire suppression, the important stuff, and take it road racing. Yes, you heard me, road racing. If you thought it was impossible to road race a truck like this, just look to Europe where truck racing is huge!
This May in Colorado was wetter than normal, and after what seemed an eternity, the rains finally stopped and the sky’s cleared just in time for the inaugural running of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series at Pikes Peak International Raceway south of Colorado Springs Colorado.
This was only round 3 and there are 6 more stops leading up to the championship race Halloween weekend in Las Vegas! Here are the remaining stops on the 2015 Meritor ChampTruck World Series schedule. Make sure you plan to make an event! Say Charlotte Motor Speedway on the 4th of July??
You’ll be hooked, just like we are!!
July 2-4, 2015: Charlotte Motor Speedway (Full Roval)
17 – 19 July 2015: Gateway Motorsports Park (Full Roval)
6 – 9 August 2015: Virginia Int’l Raceway (Road Course)
28 – 29 August 2015: Texas Motor Speedway (Full Roval)
11 – 13 September 2015: Motorsports Park Hastings (Road Course)
2 – 4 October 2015: Portland Int’l Raceway (Road Course)
30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Road Course)
Additional photos by: Charlie Beets, and Scott Mckenzie
The trophies by DH Metalworks are wicked cool!!
Supporting the trucks were a SCCA Spec Miata class and a handful of vintage Indy and CanAm cars. Stay tuned for more…