Forward of its inaugural season, Nice American Shortcourse (GAS) is becoming a member of forces with one other off-road-savvy sequence. On Thursday, GAS introduced it has fashioned a partnership with the Stadium Tremendous Vans (SST) and King of the Hammers (KOH) for 2021, which is able to embrace two new occasions and a shot at a full-time SST trip in 2022.
As a part of the brand new alliance, SST and GAS will maintain a mix race weekend in Southern California on 13/14 November; the weekend will function each sequence’ season finales. Particulars similar to an occasion title and venue weren’t instantly revealed.
Southern California is without doubt one of the largest hubs for off-road racing on the West Coast. SST has raced within the area on quite a few events, most notably with the Grand Prix of Lengthy Seaside being on the calendar because the inaugural season in 2013. Different SoCal races have taken place on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the now-demolished SDCCU Stadium in San Diego in 2013, the Sand Sports activities Tremendous Present (Costa Mesa) from 2013 to 2016, the Coronado Velocity Pageant (San Diego) in 2014, Glen Helen Raceway (San Bernardino) in 2018, and Lake Elsinore Diamond (Lake Elsinore) in 2017 and 2018. Lake Elsinore, a baseball park whose 2017 race was the season finale, was as a consequence of return in 2020 earlier than being cancelled as a consequence of COVID-19.
Different races on the GAS schedule haven’t been disclosed, although the sequence has expressed plans to run 4 rounds, with two in April and Could and the others in October and November. The 2021 SST schedule presently has the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in April and Lengthy Seaside in September, whereas its Australian counterpart Enhance Cell Tremendous Vans has a confirmed date at Darwin in June and is engaged on racing at Tasmania in April.
GAS was launched in February by Dave Cole and Lee Good as the most recent West Coast quick course off-road racing sequence. This self-discipline has endured a quite turbulent historical past as sanctioning our bodies got here and went; the Lucas Oil Off Street Racing Collection and TORC: The Off-Street Championship served because the premier leagues within the 2010s, with varied drivers in each occurring to compete in different types of motorsport like NASCAR, however folded as a consequence of monetary hassle (a destiny that additionally befell their predecessors). Previous to GAS, Good was the race director for LOORRS’ regional division.
“I consider sustaining a reference to the grass roots racer whereas nonetheless offering alternatives for skilled progress is essential and I’m glad Robby (Gordon, SST founder) and Dave share that imaginative and prescient,” Good said.
Cole is the CEO of Hammerking Productions, which oversees King of the Hammers. Held each February at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California, since 2007, KOH is a desert and rock-traversing occasion that’s thought to be some of the tough races within the off-road world. The 2021 race noticed simply 37 of 84 drivers end inside the fourteen-hour time restrict.
“Robby and I consider that by working collectively as a staff we will create higher alternatives for our racers, followers and sponsors and we stay up for a way forward for continued collaboration because the GAS sequence matures,” stated Cole.
The 2022 KOH weekend will add a GAS “all-star” race known as the Off Street Race of Champions (ORROC), through which champions from GAS’s Mod Kart, Manufacturing UTV, Manufacturing Turbo UTV, Professional Buggy, Professional Lite, and Professional 2 lessons compete towards one another in stadium vans. Though the phrases have but to be finalised, the winner of the race will probably be rewarded with a seat for the total 2022 SST season.
“These are a couple of of many steps we will probably be taking which can be geared towards creating alternatives for our driver’s development as skilled athletes,” GAS co-founder Ryan Thomas added. “We consider this mindset is important for the sustainability of our sport and we’re excited in regards to the partnership with Robby and SST.”