January 9, 2015 is RedBull Frozen Rush!
Did you know? Believe it or not, there are several motorsports that take place on the ice or snow. However, the only sport on crystalized H2O that utilizes 900-horsepower short course trophy trucks is Red Bull Frozen Rush. Here are a few things to keep your eye on as the evolution of trophy truck racing unfolds on Jan. 8 and 9.
Each BF Goodrich tire is embedded with hundreds of half-inch long spikes. Unlike many spiked treads that are often screwed into the rubber by the user, these treads are manufactured specifically for the studs, which are installed at the factory. Since the studs cannot be driven on pavement, BF Goodrich specialists at the race put on their tires each time a truck heads from the pits to the track. That’s a lot of tire changing, but it also makes Frozen Rush possible.
Sure, the drivers get plenty of attention but the trucks would not exist if not for the numerous mechanics, technicians, and crew chiefs that are necessary to build and maintain a trophy truck. Add in the brutally cold weather and you have some highly dedicated crew members.
While the pits are heated, they are not even close to the warm temperatures that most of the Southwest crews are accustomed to operating in, yet swapping an engine or radiator needs to happen no matter what the weather is like. Watch the races of Frozen Rush, but keep an eye on the people who actually make it happen.
Imagine driving along and looking up to see the bottom frame of a truck flying directly overhead. Ninety-nine percent of the time, you’d better either call 911 or pinch yourself to wake up from dreaming, but in Red Bull Frozen Rush this scenario can happen each and every lap. The unique racing format pits the drivers in head-to-head bracket style racing and the course actually has the trucks split up at times, then come back together. The over/under jump is one of the most challenging and distinctive aspects of Frozen Rush, and in all of motorsports for that matter. Ice, snow, raw horsepower, and airtime – what else could you ask for?
In racing, the start is everything and the song remains the same for Red Bull Frozen Rush. Two trucks line up underneath the official start line and wait for the green light, engines warmed and ready. At the green, drivers dump the clutch, hit the gas, and they’re off. Here’s the thing, though: Unlike your SUV, these trucks do not have any windshields. So, if you don’t get a good start, you will be getting a face full of icy roost flying your way. Although the course eventually splits and separates the trucks, nailing the start is the best bet to claiming the checkers.
Six of the drivers of 2015 Red Bull Frozen Rush participated in the inaugural event, so this isn’t their first rodeo. The other three?
First you have Chad Hord: a hardened logger from northern Michigan. Unlike most of his competition Chad spends ample amounts of time in the snow, hauling lumber around the ice-covered roads throughout the long winter months. If any of the Frozen Rush rookies are prepared for the cold weather, it’s Hord.
Next up is RJ Anderson: the kid. What RJ lacks in age he more than makes up for in talent, charisma, and some insanely creative driving. Sure he has so far made his mark driving Polaris RZRs, but those are the perfect vehicles to prepare you for Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks. Anderson will be a threat come race day.
Last but certainly not least of the frozen frosh is Brian Deegan. The former pro motocross and Supercross rider, freeride misfit, FMX innovator, rallycross racer and now Short Course truck racer knows a thing or two about competition. Of course, he also has plenty of experience competing on the snow, but that was on two wheels not four. However, in practically every discipline Deegan has competed in — much like Ricky Johnson and Todd LeDuc — he has won races and championships.
Be sure to watch the live broadcast of this Red Bull Signature Series event on Friday, Jan. 9 at 12:30 p.m. ET at the official Red Bull Frozen Rush site.