STRANA Completes Successful Test Session at Road Atlanta
Super Trucks to continue development in 2004 to be a year of continued developmental for Super Trucks
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 14, 2004) - The Super Truck Racing Association of North America (STRANA) completed an extremely successful test session at Road Atlanta on June 28. The major Major advancements made during the session were theincluded testing of improved suspension components and increased horsepower.
STRANA Executive Director and former IndyCar driver Brian Till drove the Tonka and Haldex sponsored Super Trucks and was impressed with the improvements made by Élan Motorsports Technologies and Pittsburgh Power. "The performance of the Super Trucks are approaching a level where drivers will not only enjoy driving the vehicles, but where racing can be very competitive and exciting," said Till. "Team owners will be very satisfied with the product they invest in and enthused about the opportunities offered by Super Truck racing."
Following the test session, STRANA announced the following changes to its 2004 program:
The 2004 season will be used to further develop the Super Trucks and allow teams to continue formingto forming 2005 racing teams. for racing in 2005.
In conjunction with the American Le Mans Series, STRANA will attend three events and provide daily demonstrations of Super Truck performance on the track, plus host guests and fans in the paddock area. This season's Tonka Racing Series demonstrations will be held at:
Portland International Raceway - July 23-25; Portland, OR
Road America - Aug. 20-22; Elkhart Lake, WI
Road Atlanta - Sept. 23-25; Braselton, GA
Road Atlanta will host a test day for STRANA teams on October 20.
2005 is now targeted as the first season of thefor the Tonka Racing Series.
The schedule change gives STRANA additional time to complete additional further testing of the Super Trucks andfurther perfect the development of these high-performance, 10,000 pound racing vehicles. STRANA race trucks are produced by Élan Motorsports Technologies in Braselton, GA.
"As we have done since the beginning, STRANA will take the time to allow our product, and the teams that wish to participate, sufficient time to develop," said STRANA Executive Director Brian Till. "We are disappointed not to be racing in 2004 but know that it will know that taking one more year for development will ultimately provide a better series of events in 2005."
"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.
Sponsors and suppliers of the Tonka Super Truck Racing Series and STRANA include Tonka, Haldex, Alcoa, ArvinMeritor, ZF Group NAO, Fluidyne High Performance, Stack, Spal, Shields, K&N, ATL, Racing Radios, TruckSkin, Stand-21, Detroit Locker and Pittsburgh Power.
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.