Trey Hernquist might be known for his yellow Baja Bug that he races in deserts, but will trade them in for a significantly different machine and surface in April when he drives a Stadium Super Truck on the streets of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. He will drive the #50 with sponsorship from Gravel Kings and Continental Tire.
Hernquist wrote on social media, “I’m super excited to share that I will be driving the @continental_tire / @gravel_kings @stadiumsupertrucks kicking off at the Long Beach Grand Prix, April 15th-16th! Such an incredible opportunity for me and everyone involved so THANK YOU! Stoked to see a bunch of friends and family out there so let’s go have some fun in a truck around the streets of @gplongbeach!”
Hernquist races in Class 5, a category present in various desert series like SCORE International for Volkswagen Beetles modified for off-road competition nicknamed “Baja Bugs”. He won SCORE’s Class 5 championship in 2020 with a victory at the Baja 500, and has mainly focused on the premier Baja 1000 since; his latest 1000 excursion in November ended with a transmission failure after ninety miles. His SCORE début came in the SCORE Lites class in 2018.
In March, he finished twenty-fifth overall in the Mint 400‘s Limited Race to win the Class 5 Unlimited division despite late contact leaving him without power steering.
His father Bill Hernquist is also a driver, and the two have raced together in Best In The Desert, among other series.
Gravel Kings, an off-road racing and lifestyle brand, signed Hernquist as an endorsed driver on Friday. Continental Tire has sponsored multiple drivers since joining SST in 2019, with the flagship black/yellow truck being split between Matt Brabham, Jerett Brooks, Fielding Shredder, and Cory Winner in 2022; Max Gordon and Robert Stout also had the tyre supplier’s branding on their trucks that year. While much of Continental’s SST drivers come from short course off-road racing and NASCAR, Gordon also has desert experience and was in the Mint 400 Limited Race with Hernquist.