Upgraded Sooner Schooner revealed
NORMAN — The Sooner Schooner is ready for action.
A pair of RUF/NEKS — Jared Bush and Ryan Ard — drove the Schooner on Tuesday for the first time after the wagon was delivered from Werner Wagon Works in Horton, Kan.
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The Sooner Schooner came out for its customary ride on the field following an OU touchdown, but took a turn too sharply and rolled over, sending the riders tumbling to the turf.
The Schooner was sidelined for the rest of the regular season before a repaired version was used in the Big 12 Championship Game — though the Schooner made no turns during its runs there.
The new Schooner has features to lessen the risk of such a mishap, with heavier running gear, wider wheelbase, hydraulic brakes, a lowered driver seat and more space.
The new wagon is wider than third version at 70 inches, shorter at 82 inches and heaver, coming in at 1,020 pounds.
The Sooner Schooner is set to return to its customary role riding on the field in 2020.