HASTINGS, Neb., Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Drivers will rev their engines for three days of heavy-duty truck racing when Motorsports Park Hastings hosts the Meritor ChampTruck World Series® beginning today. Veteran Indy 500 racer Davy Hamilton will be driving the No. 11 Optima Battery Freightliner.
"For the first time in 22 years, American racing fans are experiencing the fun of watching Class 8 heavy-duty trucks compete in three days of exciting events," said Marty Hetherington, manager, Brand and Marketing, Aftermarket for Meritor. "These races are fan-friendly and family affordable with access to the trucks, the drivers and teams."
The truck racing weekend at Motorsports Park Hastings is the seventh event in the Meritor ChampTruck World Series. Today's activities include open practice sessions and a drag racing exhibition. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Warm-ups begin at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, with two heat races scheduled for the afternoon. Supporting events will include two Mustang invitational races and autograph sessions. Two more heat races and additional auto racing events take place on Sunday, with the podium race and awards ceremony closing out the racing weekend.
Racing fans are admitted free of charge today. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $20 per person or $30 for a two-day weekend ticket that includes full pit and paddock access. For more information, visit the ChampTruck website.
"We're really excited about having Davy Hamilton, who is one this country's best Indy 500 drivers, racing in the Meritor ChampTruck World Series," said John Condron, CEO for Meritor ChampTruck. "Davey has raced just about everything with wheels, and with ChampTruck, he will have completely filled every driving option."
Meritor is the executive title sponsor of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season. The 10-event series will conclude with the 2015 Meritor ChampTruck Series National Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. Drivers earn and accumulate points for the national championship event.
Allen Boles, racing his 1980 Peterbilt 359, finished first in the podium race at the sixth Meritor ChampTruck World Series Race, held at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The next regular season race is scheduled for the Portland International Raceway in Portland, OregonOct. 2 through Oct. 4.
An overview of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series, including interviews with drivers and the Meritor DriveForce™ team, is available at http://youtu.be/NrlvnY-MDm4.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan, United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.