NBC Sports Network will broadcast eight SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas races in 2014. Time slots for the eight hours of programming were selected and focused on the powerful millennial-generation demographic with all races airing in primetime on the west coast of the United States due to the immense popularity of off-road racing in the Central and Pacific time zones.
Additionally, ESPN will showcase the trucks live during X Games Austin on June 8.
Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas will begin its second season of competition March 28-30 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in conjunction with the IndyCar Series. The trucks will race five times with IndyCar in 2014 at a number of the series’ most popular venues including St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Detroit and Toronto. Stand-alone Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas events will take place at Orange County, California’s Sand Sport Super Show, the Coronado Speed Festival in San Diego and along the Las Vegas Strip while the mega-SEMA show is in town in November.
The Stadium Super Trucks that race in the series will hit huge man-made ramps at more than 100 mph at multiple locations throughout each of the circuits hurling drivers nearly 20 feet in the air and 150 feet down course. Robby Gordon created the series to bring the excitement of Baja-style desert racing to large crowds of race fans and with a revamped and expanded schedule for 2014 the Series expects to race in front of more than 750,000 fans in addition to its television audience.
The series features identically prepared trucks which are made to resemble their scaled-down Traxxas radio-control-car counterparts. Like their Traxxas namesake, the trucks are designed to take flight. However, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour.
2014 Formula Off-Road Presented By Traxxas Broadcast Schedule:
Event Broadcast Date/Time PT Network
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg April 17, 10 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
Long Beach Grand Prix May 1, 10:30 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
Indianapolis June 12, 9 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix June 20, 10:30 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
X Games Austin June 8 (Live) ABC/ESPN
Toronto Grand Prix July 31, 10:30 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
Orange County Calif. October 9, 10 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
Coronado Speed Festival October 10, 11 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network
Las Vegas November 20, 9:30 p.m. PT NBC Sports Network