Fort Mill, SC – Team GT member Carl Renezeder is arguably one of the most revered drivers in short course racing. And at last weekend’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he hit the century mark in the win column adding to his long list of racing achievements. It was a moment that had been years in the making through thousands of hours of hard work and the kind of determination, tenacity and dedication it takes to make champions.
“To see Carl win his 100th career short course race was something special,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “And to do it on General tires…that was a proud moment. I’ve known Carl for a long time and I know the level of work he puts not only into his racing, but into every aspect of his life. He’s a champion in every sense of the word and everyone at General Tire is proud to call him a member of our team. We congratulate Carl and his entire team on win number 100!”
In his first race of the weekend Renezeder, in true championship form, put on a class as he led the field around the challenging course in his No. 1 Lucas Oil/General Tire Nissan under the neon lights of Vegas. As the checkered flag dropped and Renezeder crossed the line in first for the 100th time, the reality of the moment still hadn’t sunk in for the California-native.
“It really didn’t’ hit me until I had won the next race in the Pro 2,” said Renezeder. “It was then that I could relax and celebrate and not have to focus on another race.”
One might say that Renezeder’s 100th win in Las Vegas was a full circle moment for him. It was in 1999, 13 years earlier, that Renezeder logged his first short course win in the Pro 2 class in the CORR Series…in Las Vegas. For Renezeder, it’s a milestone that he’ll always remember.
“I am very proud of my team,” Renezeder commented following his Pro 4 win. “I am also proud that all of my races were won with my red, white and blue Lucas Oil Pro 2 and Pro 4. The support I have from my sponsors like Lucas Oil, General Tire and Nissan has made this possible.”
If you think 100 wins is enough to rest on, you’re wrong. Renezeder didn’t stop there. He went on to capture two more wins in Pro 2 for a total of three wins in four races on the weekend. For a career total 102 race wins that break down as follows: 55 Pro 4 wins and 47 Pro 2 wins. Just another day of work for Renezeder who has been a Team GT member since 2009.
“Carl’s work ethic is phenomenal,” commented Roffler. “He’s a fierce competitor who doesn’t stop at one win or a championship. He’s always looking for more. He’s a leader on and off the track and he’s a valuable member of Team GT. We’ve had a great relationship with Carl and his team and we look forward to another 100 wins with him.”
While there are plenty of memories throughout his storied career and collection of 102 wins, Renezeder recalled one win in particular.
“Probably the first time I raced a Pro 4 in Unadilla, NY and I won.” Renezeder continued, “I knew then that the Pro 4 and I would have a long and successful campaign.”
Who knew that years later it would be the Pro 4 truck that would bring him win number 100. The eight time national champion still has one more LOORRS race weekend to add to the win column in 2012 when the series returns to Firebird International Raceway October 27 and 28. And after that, the sky’s the limit. In the spirit of Vegas, we’re betting our money that we’ll see Renezeder atop the podium a lot more before he hangs up his helmet.
For more information on LOORRS visit www.lucasoiloffroad.com. For more information on Carl Renezeder visit www.teamrenezeder.com.