ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 28, 2015) – Sheldon Creed and E.J. Viso battled door to door in the closing laps of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Saturday, before Viso made a critical error allowing the 17-year-old Creed to overtake him and cruise to victory for his second win of the young season.
Viso entered the final lap with the slim lead over Creed, and the two crossed the first of four ramps on the 1.89-mile street circuit together with Creed on a preferred inside line. Creed, who also won Round Two in Adelaide, Australia last month, nearly lost control of his truck with the aggressive move to the inside of Viso, but the Alpine, Calif. TRAXXAS-sponsored driver gathered his truck and made the pass only to give it up to Viso in the next turn. With the race seemingly in control, the Caracas, Venezuela driver overdrove turn 10 which again opened the inside lane to Creed who capitalized for the final time.
Viso’s aggressiveness cost him three spots and he finished fourth. Keegan Kincad, a teammate to Creed in another TRAXXAS-sponsored truck, finished second with the SPEED Energy entry of Robby Gordon coming home third.
The battle between Creed and Viso brought the already enthusiastic crowd to its feet, many of the fans having never experienced the flying trucks in person. As Creed, Kincaid and Gordon conducted post-race interviews and signed autographs, fan after fan thanked the drivers from the exciting show they put on, many of them expressing that the SST race was the most enjoyable auto race they have ever attended.
The SST trucks will complete their St. Petersburg Grand Prix weekend Sunday with round five of the season at 2:10 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 29, 2015) – Burt Jenner captured the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium SUPER Trucks race No. 2 at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Sunday, upstaging what was an amazing first race that took place Saturday.
Jenner led nearly the entire race after inheriting the lead from Scotty Steele on lap three, who had mechanical issues and retired from the race. Jenner made the drive to his first SST victory look easy, but it was the battle that took place behind him that was anything but. Venezuelan E.J. Viso in his LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment truck and Alpine, California’s Sheldon Creed in his Traxxas-sponsored truck had a tremendous battle Saturday, and again found themselves side by side for much of Sunday’s final. In fact, while battling for second place on the final lap the two aggressive drivers ended up literally hooked together and almost on top of each other for much of an entire straightaway before getting separated.
While the two battled together, Traxxas’ Keegan Kincaid and SPEED Energy driver Robby Gordon overtook the two and finished second and third respectively. Creed finished fourth and Viso fifth. Mexicali, Mexico’s Lalo Laguna finished sixth in the RPM off-road SST, Charles Dorrance of Austin, Tex. finished seventh in the Three Bears Motorsports/Go Puck SST, Erik Davis of Burbank, Calif. finished eighth in the Always Evolving/RePlay XD truck with Steele of Peoria, Ariz. and Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn., each driving LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment trucks, finishing 9th & 10th.
The Stadium Super Trucks will move west for the Long Beach Grand Prix April 17-19 for rounds six and seven of the season-long championship. Viso, Creed and Kincaid took rounds one through three respectively in Adelaide, Australia in February in front of the largest crowd in the history of SST with more than 280,000 receptive Australians.
Following Long Beach, the series will continue to venues with the IndyCar series including the Toronto Grand Prix and the Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix, X Games Austin, and a variety of stand-alone SST events including Los Angeles, Calif., and several new events in the Southwest, with exciting venues not yet announced.