Apdaly Lopez Takes Indianapolis SST Win

by Vince Pettit

Robby Gordon and Apdaly Lopez have shared wins at the Menards at the Brickyard by TRAXXAS races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the Mexican taking the overall win for the highest average finish of the two races.

Formula Off-Road headed to IMS for the first time in the 105-year history of the Brickyard and there was plenty of action to kick off the Indy 500 weekend.

There was drama before the racing had even begun when Charles Dorrance hit the second ramp too hard, resulting in his truck nose-diving in to the infield grass before tumbling over and over for several hundred yards. Thankfully for the Texan he injured his ribs but avoided serious damage and exited from the Stadium Super Truck under his own power.


Robby Gordon took the opening victory of the weekend but could only manage sixth in the second race, meaning that he would finish fourth overall.

Lopez who is only nineteen and a second-generation off-road specialist finished third in the opening race before pushing on for the win in the second race to take the overall win.

“I just kept looking in my mirror and would see the guys behind me start racing,” Lopez said. “I wasn’t going to make a mistake and when they got close I just gave it a little more and pulled away. What an honor to win a race at Indianapolis.”

Keegan Kincaid and Jerett Brooks secured second and third place in the overall standings, ahead of Gordon and Sheldon Creed. Arie Luyendyk Jr. come home sixth ahead of Scotty Steele, Burt Jenner and Robbie Pierce.

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