Speed Technologies has just made off-road racing a lot easier. The company, a leading team in the SuperLite Championship series, has launched a rental program that puts drivers behind the wheel of one of its fleet of SuperLite trucks, while removing the logistical nightmare of race support, heavy start-up costs and post-race shop time.
Arrive and Drive offers racers and aspiring racers a ready SuperLite truck delivered for race weekend with on-site crew and support. Drivers need only jump behind the wheel and hit the gas.
“Basically, this is designed for someone who doesn’t want to mess with the truck,” said Kevin Singleton, chief operating officer of Speed Technologies. “We take the hassle out of it—we’ve got it down where drivers can show up, drive and leave when the racing is finished.”
Nearing the end of its first season of rental program, Speed Technologies said its fleet of five trucks has been in high demand in 2008. “We started this in April,” Singleton said, “but even starting late for the season we’ve been selling out races, and we’re booked through the end of the year.”
Singleton expects the bulk of the fleet in 2009 to go to racers who will reserve them for all seven series races.
“If you’re on the outside of this style of racing looking in, this is just about the only way to walk on and get a full racing experience without too much preparation or cost,” Singleton said. “Plus you get all of the benefits of racing in the SuperLite Championship —visibility for sponsors, TV time, etc.”
For single-race SuperLite rentals, racers pay a fixed $7,500. For the season (seven races), the cost is $52,500.
Drivers must provide their own Lucas Oil-approved race suit and helmet, and are responsible for damage beyond normal wear and tear.