The Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California has become the new location for the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks’ season finale in late November/early December.
On Wednesday, SST officials announced the creation of the Robby Gordon Off-Road World Championships, a series of events that will consist of the trucks in addition to other disciplines of off-road racing. In 2017, the final SST round took place at Lake Elsinore Diamond, also in Southern California, as part of the Race & Rock World Championship; Apdaly Lopez and Sheldon Creed won the event’s two rounds as Paul Morris secured his first SST title. For the 2018 season, the minor league baseball park instead hosted the season opener, won by Lopez.
“Last year we settled the SST World Championship over in Lake Elsinore with an incredible stadium event where it came down to a single point to decide Paul Morris as the SST champion over Matt Brabham, but off-road racing is a lot more than just SST trucks and UTVs,” SST President Robby Gordon stated in a press release. “Back in the beginning of my career, we used to race at Riverside Raceway with the Mickey Thompson Off Road Grand Prix, and I wanted to bring back something similar with two classes of Motocross, two classes of UTVs, FMX and SST trucks for a weekend long Off-Road World Championship. The Glen Helen Raceway campus provides the perfect location for us to host large crowds for a weekend long event with EPIC racing, camping, music, and vendors all close to the Los Angeles area.”
Part of Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, the raceway was constructed in 1985 and has hosted various forms of off-road racing like American Motorcycle Association (AMA) motocross. The track’s most iconic event is the Glen Helen National of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series, which has been run since 2014 (the race was first held in 1993, followed by a two-year hiatus before returning from 1996 to 2009, when it exited the schedule once again for four seasons). The FIM Motocross World Championship also made stops at the track in 1990–1992, 2010–2011, and 2015–2016. Besides motocross, Glen Helen has also hosted the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series since 2010.
“[Renowned] for its famous steep hills, jumps, and banking it offers the perfect combination of extreme obstacles for the various disciplines the Robby Gordon Off-Road World Championships will feature, as all classes will look to conquer the ever challenging outdoor motocross track,” the release added.
“I am very excited about Robby Gordon’s Off-Road World Championships coming to Glen Helen Raceway this year,” Glen Helen Track President Bud Feldkamp said. “As a long-time off-road enthusiast, I myself can remember all the excitement that was shared at places like Riverside Raceway in the 70s with these Mickey Thompson style events. Glen Helen is on board and ready to do everything possible to make it a truly unique race experience for everyone.”
The motocross races will be divided into the Unlimited and 125/250 classes: the former consists of 250 two-stroke and the 450 Pro Class, while the 125 two-stroke and 250 four-stroke comprise the latter. The Unlimited Class will award $20,000 to the overall winner, while the 125/250 winner will receive $10,000. On the UTV side, there will be the Turbo and Normally Aspirated classes, both racing for a $10,000 prize. Other events scheduled for the weekend include FMX Best Trick and vehicle jump contests.
The World Championships will take place from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2. In the meantime, SST currently has two race weekends scheduled before November: Road America on August 23–25 and Surfers Paradise in Australia on October 19–21. Brabham currently leads the points standings with a 30-point advantage over Gavin Harlien.