In the wake of Hurricane Odile, off-road racers are mobilizing to aid the people of Baja California who are suffering in the wake of the devastating Category 3 Hurricane Odile that hit the Baja peninsula hard on Sunday.
FULLERTON, CA – From Nevada to Mexico, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) and the Desert Assassins off-road racing team covered a lot of rugged, dusty ground during the 2013 season, producing several highlights, some even historic. The Desert Assassins were led by husband and wife duo Cameron and Heidi Steele, who campaigned their 800-horsepower Geiser Brothers Trophy Trucks on off-road racing-engineered Yokohama GEOLANDAR A/T-S® R tires.
“The season had far more ups than downs,” said Cameron, who kicked the year off in style in January, winning the HDRA South Point Vegas 250 in Jean, Nevada. The race was the season opener for HDRA (High Desert Racing Association).
“The Yokohama GEOLANDARs are engineered specifically for the punishing off-road racing conditions,” said Cameron. “They were a key component of our victory in January.”
SAN DIEGO — After 1,638.1 dusty and grueling desert racing miles, 30 of the world’s best desert racers have survived the challenge of the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series to earn coveted 2013 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. The 30 drivers, competing in 11 different classes, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World’s foremost Desert Racing Series. The 2013 SCORE Desert Series ended recently with the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
All 30 drivers of record will receive their special awards Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego during the annual SCORE Awards Night celebration of 40 years of SCORE desert racing honoring the 2013 SCORE Desert Series point champions and the winners of the 2013 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards.
FULLERTON, CA – Yokohama Tire Corporation and the Desert Assassins’ quest to be the first-time recipient of the recently-created World Championship of Desert Racing, jumped off to a great start this weekend with Cameron Steele’s win at the HDRA South Point Vegas 250 in Jean, Nevada on January 12.
The race (four 62-mile laps) was the season opener for HDRA (High Desert Racing Association), which recently bought SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts). The two racing associations will run separate events but share points to determine the off-road desert series world championship.
The Monster Energy Off-Road team is set to tackle the 45th annual SCORE Baja 1000. With a massive team of five trophy trucks, One 6-truck, and one bike team The Monster Energy Off-Road team will be in the hunt for the overall win as well as multiple class wins.
The 1,121 mile battle down the treacherous Baja peninsula will begin at 6:30am Thursday morning November 16th in Ensenada, Baja, CA with the start of the bikes. The 4-wheel vehicles will start 5 hours later at 11:30am. The race will continue non-stop through the night ending just outside of La Paz, Baja Sur, CA. The bikes are expected to make it to the finish some 19 hours later near 1:30am if they can maintain a 60-mph average. The four wheel vehicles will are expected to arrive a few hours later near 6:30am.
FULLERTON, CA. – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored Cameron Steele won his first Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event of the year, taking first in the Pro Buggy class at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California, April 21-22. Steele claimed victory riding on off-the-shelf Geolandar A/T-S+ tires.
“It was a tough race,” said Steele, the 2010 Pro Buggy champ, “but the Yokohama Geolandars did their job and helped secure the win for the Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy/Yokohama Pro Buggy. They really handled the course well. Thanks to the team and Yokohama tires for all the help.”
“Great to see Cameron get his first win of the season,” said Duane Sampson, Yokohama’s motorsports manager. “He’s a seasoned veteran, ran a smart race and our Geolandar A/T-S tires never let him down.”The next Lucas Oil race in the eight-event series, which combines the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing with a West Coast influence, is May 19-20 at Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the all-new AVID Ascend® – the first mass-market tire using Yokohama’s breakthrough orange oil technology – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
FULLERTON, CA – Yokohama Tire Corporation collected two first-place victories in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) event, August 7 at Glen Helen Raceway near San Bernardino, California. Longtime Yokohama-sponsored racer Cameron Steele captured his first Lucas Oil race of the season in the Pro Lite Class, as did Chad George, who took the title in the Super Lites Class. Steele and George won on off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® tires.
“It was great to see Cameron and Chad get their first wins of the season. They’ve been competitive all year and we knew it was only a matter of time before they were going to get it done” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama senior manager of motorsports. “I know winning this race meant a lot to Cameron, Chad and their teams.”
Steele is a veteran off-road Trophy Truck class racer who has won championships in SCORE and SNORE. The two-time SCORE Person of the Year and TV commentator said the Yokohama tires were a big factor in helping drive his #16 Stronghold 300-hp Ford Pro Lite Unlimited truck to victory. “The tires performed perfectly,” he said.
George also praised his Yokohama Geolandar tires as helping his #42 Bull Outdoor Products Kawasaki Super Lite truck to a wire-to-wire victory. “With Yokohama tires on my truck, I have my best chance to win a LOORRS championship.”
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is a sixteen race series, which combines the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing with a West Coast influence. The next LOORRS event is September 24-25, Speedworld Off-Road Park; Surprise, Arizona. Visit http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com/ for details.
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ – the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
All the race vehicles have left the line for the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 500. The Trophy Trucks were off at 10 a.m. sharp, leaving in 30-second intervals after the first truck. Bryce Menzies was first off the starting line, followed by last year’s winner Andy McMillin and teammates Larry Roeseler and Tim Herbst.
With the top truck teams only about 100 miles into the 455-mile course, it’s still anybody’s race. Although fan favorites Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin started near the back of the pack, each truck is still in contention at this point. The first bikes and ATVs should starting arriving this afternoon between 3 and 4 p.m. today. The lead has been a tossup between the JCR Honda teams of 1x and 0x and the 10x KTM of Ivan Ramirez and Class 21 racer Trevor Insley on the 104x bike.
According to a post on the Metal Mulisha site, Jeff “Ox” Kargola passed away today while riding his dirt bike with friends and family outside of San Felipe in the 2011 Rip to the Tip ride. According to the post on MetalMulisha.com, Kargola was attended to by medical personnel on site and was transported via helicopter to the San Felipe hospital where he passed away due to his injuries.
He passed early this afternoon with his best friends Cameron Steele, Ryan Hagy, Chad Peebles, Ryan Cropley, Rich Niggemann, Mark Moss and Trigger Gumm.
Kargola was a two-time winner of the SCORE San Felipe 250 (most recently this year at the 2011 race with teammate Colton Udall), winner of an AMA District 37 night race last year, competitor in the 2010 X Games (where he competed in Step Up) and recent winner of Round 2 of the Super Lite class on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
“Words can’t express the emotions I am feeling. I love Jeff like a son and he was riding with all of his best friends he grew up with in San Clemente,” said Cameron Steele.
The Metal Mulisha site noted that more information will be released soon on arrangements for Jeff “Ox” Kargola. Kargola was 27 years old and lived in San Clemente, California.
Source: Metal Mulisha
Off-road enthusiasts looking for guidance on how to choose the right tires for their trucks and SUVs have a helpful hand from off-road racers Cameron and Heidi Steele, who provide answers in Yokohama Tire Corporation’s third installment of Tire Tips. This series of short educational videos was created to help people learn more about tires, from proper maintenance to improving fuel efficiency.
The “how to choose a truck/SUV tire” video is hosted by off-road racing champions Cameron and Heidi Steele. Some might recognize Cameron from his other job as a TV commentator for X Games and other action sports event. He hosted the first two videos on the importance of properly inflated tires and how to read the sidewall of a tire. For the latest video he enlisted the aid of his lovely wife, Heidi, who also races off-road, to help determine the right type of wheel for your ride.