STRANA: Teams ready to race Super Trucks in 2004

U.S. and European racers are looking to form teams for the 2004 Tonka Super Truck Racing Series. NEW ALBANY, OH (December 30, 2003) After successful tests and demonstration races in 2003, the Super Truck Racing Association of North America ...

U.S. and European racers are looking to form teams for the 2004 Tonka Super Truck Racing Series.

NEW ALBANY, OH (December 30, 2003) After successful tests and demonstration races in 2003, the Super Truck Racing Association of North America (STRANA) is setting its sights on competitive racing in 2004. The schedule for the 2004 Tonka Super Truck Racing Series has six races slated in support of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). To date, more than 20 teams have expressed interest in putting a team on the track for the 2004 season, including ALMS' American Spirit Racing, Europe's David Atkins Racing, and Pike's Peak Truck Racing Champion Mike Ryan.

"After a ride in one of the Tonka Super Trucks at Road America, I was amazed at how agile these trucks are on a road course," said Jon Lewis, President of American Spirit Racing, which operates a top-level team in the ALMS prototype division. "I am extremely excited about the Tonka Super Truck Racing Series and we are actively pursuing sponsorship to be able to run in the series. I believe that these Super Trucks will generate a huge fan base from fans of all types of racing as well as bring new fans from all walks of life. When they say 'This is big' they're not kidding, there's nothing like it."

European Super Truck team owner David Atkins is also looking to form a STRANA team in 2004. David Atkins Racing is the most successful team in the history of truck racing, achieving 5 British and 5 European Championships. Atkins has been following STRANA since its inception 3 years ago and he recently attended the Tonka Celebrity Challenge races at Road America to see the North American product first hand.

Well-known as an ambassador of truck racing, Mike Ryan is also excited about fielding a Super Truck team for 2004. Ryan has served as an advisor to STRANA and he has been instrumental in its development as a driver for Super Truck demonstrations and provider of valuable insight to what it takes to bring Super Truck racing to North America. STRANA has used Ryan's Pike's Peak Hill Climb Championship Freightliner for numerous exhibitions and he appears as an expert commentator in the 2003 Tonka Super Truck Celebrity Challenge race broadcasts on ESPN2.

"STRANA is the perfect extension for us and our sponsors who supported our successful years of racing big rigs at Pike's Peak and at the Bonneville Salt Flats," said Ryan. "The added recognition, value and prestige that we will be able to give our sponsors, as well as their suppliers and their customers, will be immeasurable. The association with the American Le Mans Series and IMSA lends thoroughbred credibility as does the television package and Tonka's title support."

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.

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