Prototypes make U.S. debut at Wisconsin circuit Aug. 22-24
New Albany, Ohio (Aug. 20, 2003) Two prototype super trucks that ran in Canada last weekend will be joined by others this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., the Super Truck Racing Association of North America (STRANA) announces. The event marks the debut of the STRANA prototypes in the United States.
The prototype super trucks will run the TONKA 2003 Super Celebrity Challenge at the 4- mile, 14-turn, Wisconsin circuit. The event follows another at Mosport International Raceway i n Bowmanville, Ontario.
"Our goal this year was to show our sponsors and fans what STRANA is all about and give them a snapshot of what's to come," said STRANA Executive Director Brian Till. "It's quite challenging to create a motorsports property from scratch, and STRANA is very unique in allowing its fans to share the ride by presenting these prototypes at an early stage of development."
Élan Motorsports Technologies of Braselton, Ga, produced the prototypes.
The 10,000-pound prototype STRANA super trucks feature Haldex water-cooled brakes, Alcoa wheels, Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines, ZF Ecomat transmissions, ArvinMeritor axles and drivelines, Continental racing tires and ZF Sachs dampers. The transmissions and tires are the same ones featured in the European super truck series. Other features include Eibach sprin gs, Optima batteries, Shields windscreens and windows, Fluidyne coolers, K&N air filters, ATL fuel cells and Sparco safety equipment. Other suppliers include Stand-21Racewear and Racing Radios.
The prototypes are the first of those to be used in the Tonka Super Truck Racing Series, which is expected to begin in 2004. A final TONKA 2003 Super Truck Celebrity Challenge is scheduled for Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., as part of Petit Le Man (Oct. 15-18).