Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks return to Clipsal 500 Adelaide
17 April 2015
American NASCAR driver and off-road racing star Robby Gordon is returning to the Clipsal 500 next year.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Toyo Tires Stadium Super Trucks were an overwhelming success this year – with crowds packing the grandstands to watch them.
“The trucks were a huge hit and race fans were literally out of their seats watching them slide around the track and fly through the air,” Mr Bignell said.
“In 2016 it will be even easier to see thanks to major infrastructure upgrades including bigger grandstand seating and new super screens.
“I am very pleased to welcome Robby and his team back. This is a major coup for Clipsal 500 and South Australia,” he said.
Robby Gordon said he was already looking forward to next year’s event.
“The race track and the facility in Adelaide is one of the finest street circuits I’ve ever seen in my life. The atmosphere was amazing and I know a lot of the US guys are excited about coming back to race at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide next year,” he said.
“I knew we had a really exciting product but for it to build this quickly and in another country in only our third year is unbelievable. Next year is going to be even bigger and better - we’re already planning to bring out more trucks.”
The field will increase from 10 to 12 trucks with an equal share of American and Australian drivers.
Australian Stuntman, Matt Mingay, will be back as well. He will be joined by off-road motorcycle star, Toby Price, as they attempt to secure the first-ever race win by an Australian.
Mr Bignell said the Clipsal 500 continues to attract V8 fans from all around the world.
“The Clipsal 500 is a huge success because it continues to be innovative. The event is refreshed and improved every year.”
The 2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide attendance was 285,600; the third largest overall crowd attendance in the event’s 17 year history.
The economic contribution to South Australia was estimated at $60 million.
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