Truck race series plans big start in 2015

| August 23, 2013

Mike Ryan is known for his seven world records racing Freightliner tractors at the Pikes Peak International hill climb.
Mike Ryan is known for his seven world records racing Freightliner tractors at the Pikes Peak International hill climb.
The Class 8 tractor racing series announced earlier this year now plans to have demonstration races next year and 20 to 30 races in 2015, announced Mike Ryan, a veteran truck racer and movie stunt driver.

The races will not be held at “backwoods” locales, as some were in past decades, Ryan said. Instead, they will be at eight major tracks, including Daytona International Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Portland International Raceway.

Ryan also announced a new name for the series: ChampTruck World Series. It was formerly known as ChumpTruck, based on the successful ChumpCar series that emphasized older, low-value cars.

The ChampTruck program will also emphasize low-cost trucks, returning to the grass roots origins of Class 8 truck racing, 1979 to 1986, Ryan said. The rules changed in 1986, tilting it to expensive trucks with “highly modified power plants.”

The ChampTruck owners are Ryan, Fabien Calvet, a major figure in European truck racing; and John Condren, founder of ChumpCar International.

More information is available at www.champ-truck.com and www.chump-truck.com.

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  • RevelationsRevealed

    Yes!! Bring back the non-modified trucks pulling trailers; like we seen in Smokey and the Bandit.

  • texan2thebone

    Sorry I missed this announcement. Great idea!

  • Dan Leidal

    And this is expected to impress American truckers who can legally drive 85mph on a highway in Texas, and as we all know, 100mph happens when no one is looking!!!

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