Add Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Max Gordon to the grid when the 2021 SPEED Power Stadium Tremendous Vehicles season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on 23–25 April. On Tuesday, the collection introduced each drivers’ entries with Luyendyk within the #25 VP Racing Fuels truck and Gordon in a #77 with a livery but to be revealed.
Attributable to COVID-19, the 2020 season solely featured one weekend in America with a pair of races at Highway America in August. Within the first race, Luyendyk overcame an early flip to attain his third profession victory and first since Detroit Race #2 in 2018. His first profession win got here earlier in 2018 at Perth, the place the Australian Enhance Cell Tremendous Vehicles—whose season started final weekend—will race in September.
Luyendyk is one in all simply three drivers who’ve run ultimately one race in each SST season since its inaugural 12 months in 2013, alongside Robby Gordon and Sheldon Creed. Whereas Luyendyk has by no means run a full marketing campaign just like the others, he has 55 profession begins with 13 podiums and three wins. Gordon and Creed are additionally entered for St. Petersburg.
“I simply went for a run as a result of I’m prepping for the weekend and one thing huge, guys: I’m returning to Stadium Tremendous Vehicles,” Luyendyk started in an Instagram story. “Final time I used to be in a truck, I gained, however that was a very long time in the past, like a 12 months in the past. I haven’t pushed something. I used to be straight off the sofa, guys.
“I’m pumped. I’m additionally somewhat nervous as a result of I don’t know the way it’s gonna go down. I wanna thank my spouse for letting me go, to begin with, and likewise VP Racing Fuels and clearly Robby Gordon. We’ll see what we acquired. Let’s go.”
Gordon’s 12-year-old son Max turned the youngest driver in SST historical past by a really huge margin when he made his début within the 2020 Highway America weekend. The youthful Gordon led the weekend’s apply session adopted by ending ninth and fifth within the two races. Whereas the Gordons aren’t the one father/son pair to race in SST, they had been the primary to compete towards one another in the identical weekend; the identical story was to have taken place throughout the Enhance Cell Tremendous Truck season kickoff with Paul and Nash Morris previous to the latter’s withdrawal as a consequence of damage.
Max spent Tuesday conducting a shakedown of the St. Petersburg discipline’s vans, together with his personal #77. The #77 featured no paint scheme as it will likely be added because the weekend nears; his Highway America truck had sponsorship from SPEED Power, SPEED RC Vehicles, and Menards.
In addition to the Gordons, Luyendyk, and Creed, different drivers with locked-in entries for St. Petersburg embrace Matt Brabham, Invoice Hynes, Jett Noland, and Robert Stout. Further drivers may be part of the lineup within the coming days, although they haven’t been confirmed.