Making History once again being the First Female
to Lead a Stadium Super Trucks Race
LOS ANGELES, CA – July 22, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Making the first start by a female in SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS competition, Sara Price, 23 of Canyon Lake, Calif., made her debut behind the wheel of the 650 hp BitTorrent No. 78 at the Honda Indy Toronto, July 15-17.
Coming off just a single practice session in Charlotte, N.C., back in late June to use as experience, the Champion motocross and UTV racer would make three appearances on the 1.755 mi (2.824 km) temporary street circuit throughout the race weekend.
Hitting speeds of upwards of 140 mph and launching over 20 feet in the air over from four aluminum constructed ramps statically placed through the race circuit Price would take to the track for the first time on Friday afternoon for a 20 minute Practice/Qualifying session. Remaining patient to feel out the truck, and making sure to not damage the truck Price would constantly lay down lap after lap, learning the braking zone of each corner and what marks she needed to hit in Saturday’s first race. Feeling comfortable with her driving, Price would already be driving competitive times to run toward the front of the pack.
“Practice I had 1 goal to just go out there and get as comfortable as I can with the truck and track and stay calm and collected, keeping the truck in 1 piece and have a good foundation to build speed off of, I did just that!” Said Price
Making Stadium SUPER Trucks history Saturday as the first woman to ever start an SST event, Price would start her BitTorrent backed entry for the nine-lap event in the 4th position based off a complete inversion from Friday Practice/Qualifying times.
On lap one Sara had an upset very early on when her truck died and having to restart it Price would get passed by multiple competitors early. Keeping calm and racing her own race learning each time around the tricky circuit the young California motocross standout would adapt quickly and keep her truck 100% without a scratch to the equally prepared 650 hp high flying trucks finishing a respectable, eighth position in her first SST race.
“I lost a lot of positions early on due to my truck turning off but I recovered quickly and stayed out of the carnage, gaining a lot of confidence in the truck, staying smooth and collected. Couldn’t of asked for a cleaner first race and now I know what to expect” Said Price
Using the knowledge learned in Saturday’s first race, Price would make her second SST start on Sunday. Turning heads early, and capitalizing on a mistake by former CART/Champ Car Champion and Toronto native Paul Tracy to drive her BitTorrent No. 78 truck from the fourth starting position to the lead on Lap-1. Able to hit all her marks, and catapult her truck off the 36 in. high ramps Price, would lead her first three-laps of competition in an impressive way.
SST standout’s Robby Gordon of Orange, Calif., and 2015 SST Champion Sheldon Creed of Alpine, Calif., however would work there way thru traffic to apply heavy pressure to Price for the lead. Working there way passed to the inside the tandem overtook the first two positions.
Holding her ground and running with the lead pack until Lap-8, Price would see the brakes fade considerably on her SST forcing her to miss multiple braking zones ultimately finishing in a very respectable ninth place as a result. Keeping the truck clean and gaining the respect of all her male counterparts Price is hungry to return back to the track to look lead more laps and capture her first SST podium finish.
“On the line of the second race I knew what I needed to do and where I could push it, and start being more aggressive, I wanted to show I belong up front and I did just that, leading those 3 lap was a felling I cant even describe the adrenaline was intense the crowd was going crazy but I stayed calm and collected and proved I belong up front with the best.” Said Price
“It was really cool to see Sara running up the front off the pack on Sunday. The way she approached the weekend was a credit to her and sponsors. As they say to finish first, first you must finish! Look out boys there is a new girl in town.” Said Paul Morris, Fellow Stadium Super Truck competitor and podium regular, Australian Motorsport Legend.
Sara’s break through and record setting weekend was supported and fully documented by BitTorrent Inc., a media company dedicated to empowering radical voices in sports, music, film, and more. Their global consumer media platform gives athletes and brands outside the mainstream exposure to over 200 million fans.
ABOUT SARA PRICE
Sara is a Professional Motocross and Supercross racer who has made her mark by not only making history in her racing endeavors but also in the Motocross Industry by being the first ever factory supported female racer under Monster Energy Kawasaki and a medalist in X-Games. Being determined and hard working she is still a regular to motocross but also has became a champion racing as a Off-Road race car Driver and jumping in the driver seat on asphalt to race street, as well as making history as the first female in Stadium Super trucks in 2016. Being a young business lady and role model, she is always striving for the best and always giving back to her community. Sara as of 2012 also ventured into Stunts and is now in many commercials and movies you see nationally and worldwide.
ABOUT SPEED ENERGY STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS PRESENTED BY TRAXXAS
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 650-horsepower trucks.