Infineon event modified; fourth event added at Road Atlanta
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 3, 2003) The Super Truck Racing Association of North America (STRANA) announces the following changes to its 2003 schedule: The first of three Tonka 2003 Super Truck Celebrity Challenge events will begin at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. on Aug. 15-17, instead of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on July 25-27. Road Atlanta has been added as the site of a third and final Tonka 2003 Super Truck Celebrity Challenge event on Oct. 15-17, following Mosport and a second event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. on Aug. 22-24. The Sonoma event will involve STRANA driver Mike Ryan performing high- speed laps in his super truck over the famed road course all three days in conjunction with the popular American Le Mans Series event. This event will set up the three Celebrity Challenge events.
The schedule change gives STRANA additional time to complete production and testing of race trucks to be used for the "Celebrity Challenge" events. STRANA race trucks are currently in production at Elan Motorsports Technologies in Braselton, GA.
"We are very disappointed that we won't have STRANA race trucks ready to run at Infineon because we're so excited for our fans to see these very unique machines actually race," said STRANA Executive Director Brian Till. "To use a metaphor our friends in Sonoma will surely understand: We will serve no wine before its time.
"Too much time and energy has been put into developing this series not to do it right, and we believe people will respect that in the long run," he said.
Additionally, beginning the "Celebrity Challenge" events at Mosport is very apropos, given the fact that STRANA conducted its first demonstration event there last year, said Till.
"The support and enthusiasm for super truck racing by our Canadian friends has been nothing less than overwhelming," he said.
Adding Road Atlanta to the schedule is significant because of the popularity of the annual Petit Le Mans event which headlines weekend events there.
"Petit Le Mans is always a fan favorite, and it will give STRANA, the Tonka Super Truck Racing Series, and all of our sponsors and suppliers great exposure," said Till.
The Tonka 2003 Super Truck Celebrity Challenge will showcase superstars of road racing competing in STRANA trucks for charity. The races which will be taped for broadcast on ESPN2 are sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and will run in support of the popular American Le Mans Series.
Other STRANA sponsors include Alcoa, Continental Tires, Haldex, ArvinMeritor, www.1800DRIVERS.com, Truckin' Bozo Radio Network and America Trucking On The Road magazine.
Based in suburban Columbus, Ohio, STRANA is the governing body for class-8 super truck racing in North America. Its mission is to promote super truck racing and the trucking and transportation industry.