Sara Price is going where no other woman has gone before: competing in the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks Series.
At the age of 23, Price has already accomplished more than motorsports nuts twice her age. X-Games medalist? Check. 17-time national motocross champion? She's done that too. She's got multiple podium finishes in off-road racing, aunder her belt and she's even done
Stadium Super Trucks are not your average lifted truck with a set of big tires slapped on. They're designed to look like radio-controlled Traxxas toys, but engineered to perform more like a traditional off-road trophy truck. Lurking under the skin is a 650-horsepower V-8 motor and enough suspension to launch 150 feet down course off a 20-foot jump. And speed? How does upwards of 140 mph sound to you?
Although each truck is delivered race-ready, team mechanics can make minor adjustments. By and large, each truck is the same, so the winners are decided by the depth of their driving skill, not the depth of their pockets.
While it has become more common to see women in open desert off-road races, Price will be the first woman behind the wheel of one of these very special trucks.
"I'm very pumped to be competing in the same exact truck as the other competitors," said Price, "it's truly a dream come true."
Influenced by the old Mickey Thompson Stadium Off Road Series that was popular in the 1980s, famed off-road racer Robby Gordon created the Stadium Super Truck Series in 2013, hoping to bring the sport of off-road racing to the masses.
Gordon is never one to limit himself. Stadium super trucks have been featured at IndyCar venues as well as V-8 Supercar races, proving that off-road trucks can do pretty darn good on the pavement as well.
Price will compete against 16 other drivers, hurtling her truck into the air off numerous jumps over the 1.75-mile track at Honda Indy Toronto in two 30-minute races. Catch her flying high this weekend, July 15-17. Our Canadian friends can go to hondaindytoronto.com for tickets.