Chandler, AZ – Carl Renezeder shocked the short course world when he announced that 2017 would be his final season of racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. If his competitors thought that would give them the edge, they were wrong. He may be hanging up his helmet at the end of the season, but he hasn’t slowed down at all. He showed up to race for the first two rounds this season at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. He placed second on Saturday and went even faster to take the win on Sunday.
Tooele, UT – Carl Renezeder was all smiles after a strong run in rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT. Wet weather cancelled qualifying for round 5, but track officials did an excellent job getting the surface ready for competition. Well acquainted with the Tooele track surface, the TR17 crew had both Lucas Oil / KMC Wheels / Team Associated / BFGoodrich Tires Pro-2 and Pro-4 trucks in amazing form for both rounds of racing. As a matter of fact, Carl was a little too hooked up in his Pro-4 during round 5.
Three short years ago, Red Bull decided to challenge the elements and set up a race course designed to challenge the limits of Pro-4 racing. Carl Renezeder, along with some of the best off-road racers, took his Pro-4 trucks to Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, to compete in the inaugural Red Bull Signature Series, Frozen Rush. This Friday, January 8, 2016 Renezeder will once again put his Championship winning truck through some of the craziest terrain possible in an attempt to conquer the snow and ice to bring back the coveted Frozen Rush trophy to sunny California
On Friday, January 10, 2014, Carl Renezeder is getting a head start on the racing season at the Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Renezeder has had many successes over his sixteen year short course career – 114 short-course wins, nine championships, multiple Challenge Cup titles, the list goes on and on – and now he’s taking on the latest challenge: racing his 900 horsepower, 4000 pound, Pro-4 on unchartered terrain.
Short course racing is one the most extreme types of motorsports, and Renezeder is excited to see how far he can push his truck over different and extreme terrain. When asked, why race in the snow? Renezeder stated, “I thought it would be fun to see the capabilities of my Pro-4 in a different environment and to compete with other Pro-4 drivers to test my skills and make me a better competitor.”
LAKE FOREST, CA (October 21, 2013) – According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That means that each of us is touched by the disease in one way or another: a mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend or a personal diagnosis.
The goal of October being designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to reduce that number via education and early detection. Carl Renezeder and his short-course team will be doing their part to spread the word and build awareness next weekend in Lake Elsinore, California. The biggest race of the season, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, which is being shown live on MavTV, will see Renezeder’s traditional red, white and blue truck “tickled pink.”
LAKE FOREST, CA (September 26, 2013) – Nine championships. Nine. That’s an impressive number, even more so when you consider they were earned in just 15 seasons of racing. Carl Renezeder won just one race in his first season of short-course competition in 1999 and has since built a record book that’s truly legendary. His 114 career short-course wins have garnered nine national championship titles, the latest of which was secured this past Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in round 14 of the 15-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season. He’s one of the most prolific drivers this sport has ever seen, and he’s still at the top of his game.
“This Championship is the best one because it’s the last one, but it won’t be as great as the next on, ” joked Renezeder in victory lane when asked how this title ranked. Then on a more serious note, he went on to describe what an honor it was to be standing there accepting the trophy amongst his family, his sponsors, his team and all the fans. It was a perfect way to wrap up a weekend of two wins, a second and a third. But the weekend didn’t pass by without is’ fair share of struggles.
Several drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO may be saying the same thing on September 21, when two nights of racing are over and the dust has settled on the series’ second visit of the season to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, because a few of the class championships could have been decided.
There will be just one round of points racing and a maximum of 52 points available during the final event of the season, at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in southern California in late October. That means any driver who leaves Las Vegas with a 53-point lead in their class can start clearing space for a championship trophy.
LAKE FOREST, CA – Carl Renezeder has been in this position before. In fact, as an eight-time champion with 112 career short-course wins, he’s seen and done just about all there is in the sport. That in no way means he’s become complacent. He wants championships nine and ten just as badly as he wanted the first one, and as the 2013 season winds down, he’s in a position to win them both. But there’s still a lot of work to do to accomplish that amazing feat.
“It’s hard to believe we only have three points races left this season,” reflected Renezeder at the end of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event at the Wild West Motorsports Park this past weekend near Reno, Nevada. “These Pro-4 and Pro-2 championships are both within reach, but it’s going to be a fight to the very end.”
Renezeder had another fantastic weekend in his Lucas Oil Pro-4, earning a pole and finishing second in both races. His Lucas Oil Pro-2 struggled to find the right combination to battle with the leaders (he finished 5th both days), but he felt they’re on the right track with their overall setup.
Sunday is often the day when the action really unfolds here in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, and today, that was certainly true. Here at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV, just east of Reno, the skies were clearing after a couple of days of substantially smoky skies thanks to nearby wildfires, and the passionate local fans again packed the stands to watch a festival of horsepower.
Points battles are really heating up in all the classes, and while some of the frontrunners found continued good fortune this weekend, others hit major pitfalls, and had to fight hard to make up lost ground.
We’re two-thirds of the way through the season, and in the sports like baseball and football and basketball that’s when everyone starts figuring out what so-and-so has to do to win the rushing title or what has to happen for Team A to take the championship away from Team B.
There’s no reason it shouldn’t be the same in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO. We have star drivers and championship teams and just like their counterparts in the stick-and-ball sports they watch the standings and wonder if they have enough time to put together a late-season rally.
The fans want to know, too. So, as a public service, here’s a look at the standings in each class and some historical perspective on the tasks facing those trying to catch the leaders as everyone prepares for the next two rounds of racing (Rounds 11 and 12 of 15) at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, August 23-25.