When the 2021 Stadium Super Trucks season begins on 23–25 April at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Jett Noland will be part of the field. Noland spent Wednesday testing at series headquarters in North Carolina as the opener looms near.
Noland made his SST début last August at Road America, the series’ first race weekend in six months after much of the 2020 season was discarded due to COVID-19. The opportunity arose when Noland was at the Wisconsin track to race in the Trans-Am Series TA2 class, and a meeting with SST head Robby Gordon resulted in him getting a seat. He finished sixth and fourth in the weekend’s two races.
The 17-year-old finished fifth in the 2020 TA2 standings and won Rookie of the Year honours. Much of Noland’s racing experience comes in late models like the Southern Super Series and World Series of Asphalt.
In February, Noland recorded his maiden start in another truck racing division when he entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Daytona Road Course; he was supposed to begin racing in the series in 2020 prior to the pandemic. Driving for Niece Motorsports in the first of a six-race schedule, his CWTS début ended with him finishing twenty-ninth. He is the twenty-fourth driver to run points races in both SST and NASCAR (seventeenth if restricted to NASCAR’s three national series).
Noland confirmed his entry for the St. Petersburg weekend shortly after it was announced in March. A full grid has not been revealed but Gordon, two-time champion Matt Brabham, and series veteran Bill Hynes are expected to also take part. Gordon and Brabham won the last two SST races at St. Petersburg in 2017.
“Having some fun with Robby Gordon and Stadium Super Trucks today,” Noland posted on social media. “Can’t wait to see the West Orange Roofing – Hype Motorsports No.66 on the streets of St.Petersberg in a few weeks.”
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg previously held SST races in support of the NTT IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, also an IndyCar event, has been locked in for September, as is an SST championship weekend alongside Great American Shortcourse in November at an unnamed Southern California location. While neither the track nor series have made an official announcement, SST is also expected to head to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in June to support the NASCAR Xfinity Series.