Mittag, 19, is subbing for the recovering Mike Johnson. The Temecula, Calif., native has been racing for six years. So far this season, he has earned five podium finishes, including two wins in the Traxxas TORC Off Road Series. In 2012, in his LOOORS ProLite debut race at Firebird Raceway, he finished third. The young racer has also competed in the M4SX Series.
“This is a huge opportunity to race with Bronson Motorsports and in the Radar Tires truck,” Doug Mittag said. “I’ve had the chance to test and work with the team these last few weeks and we should be very competitive in Las Vegas. I’ve got to thank Radar Tires and Bronson Motorsports for bringing me on board for this race and represent the team and sponsor.”
Earlier this season, Bronson Motorsports and driver/owner Johnson competed in the first six events behind the wheel of the Bronson Motorsports Toyota Tacoma sponsored by Radar Tires ProLite machine.
“I have been having an issue with a nerve and disc in my neck and the doctors advised me to not compete in the Reno event as well,” said Mike Johnson. “We’re evaluating my progress and making decisions on a race-by-race basis.”
Mittag has the full support of Johnson and the entire Bronson Motorsport team. As Mittag prepares for the race, he has spent time in the Bronson Motorsports shop in Murietta, Calif., where he worked with the talented five-member team.
In 2013, the Bronson Motorsports team has prepared, assembled and raced two different machines in two series – the No. 31 Bronson Motorsports Toyota Tacoma sponsored by Radar Tires in LOORRS and the No.1031 Radar Tires Buggy in SCORE International. The hard working and dedicated team has taken a break from the race track while Johnson recovers and is eager to get back to Las Vegas next weekend.
Bronson Motorsports is comprised of:
John Hoffman, crew chief/team manager – Hoffman oversees all operations during race weekend. He is a shock, chassis and driveline expert. Hoffman sets the race strategy and is the spotter during race weekends.
Daniel Mauhili, chief mechanic – As the chief mechanic, fabricator, wiring specialist, Mauhili is known to fix everything at Bronson Motorsports. From rear gears, truck modifications, set-ups and overall race car care, Mauhili is the ‘go-to guy’ on the team. In addition, he’s also known to be the team’s comic relief.
Jim Harris, mechanic – Harris assists Daniel Mauhili with race weekend mechanics. An electrician by trade, Harris is wizard with wires and is a valuable asset to Bronson Motorsports on race weekends.
David ‘Moe’ Mauhili, tire specialist – In addition to running Mauhili Motorsports, he is the tire specialist for Bronson Motorsports and is responsible for all tire mounting and grooving work for the team. In addition, Mauhili assists with race strategy, maintains inventory of all related parts, takes care of driver needs and runs hot pits. Mauhili serves as the main point of contact for the sanctioning bodies.
Joe Riesgo, truck driver/utility – Bronson Motorsports hired Riesgo to serve as lead truck driver. Since joining the team, his role has expanded. In addition to typical ‘truckie’ duties of driving and maintaining the racing rigs, Riesgo also videos every on-track session and serves as a parts runner for the team during the races.
The size 32X11.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 tires feature the Breast Cancer Research Foundation pink ribbon logo. For every Radar tire sold, Omni United will donate $5 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) with a minimum annual donation of $200,000 and a maximum donation of $250,000.
Off-road motorsports was chosen by the newly-formed Radar Tires team to showcase the Renegade R5 M/T tire, which features open blocks for mud dispersion, deep tread blocks, and reinforced shoulders. This tread pattern and rigorous construction is ideal for the surfaces encountered on short course tracks such as Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California and Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona as well as the open desert of Baja California in the legendary SCORE Baja 1000, the most iconic of all off-road races.