Corona, Calif. —Drivers and their crews made their way North for rounds 7&8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Little did they know that they would be making their way into a war zone. This weekends races were held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. With a tight course that provided countless action packed moments for fans that packed the stands full. Summertime is in full swing in Tooele and with 90 degree heat filling the air and the hot sun beating down on the course, this would cause the track to dry out quickly and leave dust hanging in the air, which provided fans a course that turned into a war zone just laps into the races.
CORONA, Calif. (March 19, 2013) – Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan team started the season off on a high note this weekend, leaving Phoenix’s Firebird International Raceway second in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite standings. Despite having to pass nearly the entire field on both Saturday and Sunday, Currie brought home finishes of third and fifth, respectively.
After dialing in his Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan during Friday’s practice, Currie was excited to get the season started. A small change before qualifying didn’t work as well as he hoped, resulting in the 10th fastest time. Despite the mid-pack start, Currie worked his way to the front of the field and into the top five. Near the halfway point of the race, Currie was t-boned in a corner, cutting down a tire and forcing him into the hot pit during the full-course yellow. After the restart, he methodically carved his way up from 29th all the way to podium where he finished third.
Anaheim Hills, CA – Back in the City of Lost Wages for more than just an elusive night on The Strip, Casey Currie and team roll in to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to continue their winning streak, and leave ahead of the House, with a 1st and 2nd all-out finish.
Thursday qualifying would be easy—1st place qualifier for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races left plenty of play time for the evening. The Off-Road Champion met up with fellow Monster Energy athletes BJ Baldwin and Kyle Leduc at Pole Position Indoor Karting Raceway to do what they do best—destroy the competition. The three off-roaders brought their competition trucks for everyone to check out, while they welcomed any challengers who were willing to lay all cards on the table and try their luck against these guys on the go-kart track.
Casey and Hoonigan BJ Ballistic Baldwin never fail to deliver non-stop, quality Hoonage. Making the transition from dirt to tire slayers for the night, the two put on an impressively smoky burnout demo in their competition trucks after the battle of the karts.
Tires warmed up from the night before, Casey had his work cut out for him in Friday’s race, when the inversion would put the 1st place qualifier in 4th to start.
Concord, NC - TORC champion and one of Team General Tire’s newest drivers, Casey Currie pulverized the competition at Round 5 and 6 of the Traxxas TORC Series in PRO Light this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., topping the podium both days.
Currie hit the track hard Saturday night, ready to battle it out in PRO Light. He shot out to first place early on, and refused to back down, leaving his competitors in a cloud of dust. The other drivers scrambled to close the gap between themselves and Currie, but were unable to push past him. Holding strong, Currie didn’t give up his spot at the head of the pack for the entire 20-lap race. He soared across the finish line, taking home first place.
“The TORC Series is like home to me,” said an elated Currie as he took the podium in Concord Saturday. “I set out here to win, and that’s exactly how I plan to finish the weekend – on top. I’ve had such great support from General Tire and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
On both Friday and Saturday night, there was palpable excitement in the air as the crowd braced itself for the open race- Pro Light. Starting out as a three-way battle for the top spot, Currie’s competition was fierce. Friday’s race: after one of the driver’s lost control and flipped over, the yellow flag was waved and Currie and the other top two leaders were now bumper-to-bumper. After the restart, Currie pushed ahead stealing first and topping the podium for the second time this weekend.
Known for sweeping the TORC championship weekend at Crandon in 2010 and taking home the series PRO Light title, Currie is no stranger to winning. He started racing motorcycles when he was just 5-years-old and trucks at 16, taking home his first major win in 2003 – the championship title at the MDR series.
Currie is also known for his appearance on MTV’s hit show Fantasy Factory where he gave the show’s Rob Dyrdek lessons in off-road racing.
Up next for the TORC series is Rounds 7 and 8 at Bark River Raceway in Bark River, Mich., August 13 and 14.
Stay tuned for Casey Currie win updates during the TORC and Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series at www.generaltire.com and www.caseycurrie.com. If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races at www.twitter.com/teamgt. You can follow Casey Currie at www.twitter.com/CaseyCurrie.
Team General Tire will be well-represented at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., with Carl Renezeder competing in Pro 2 Unlimited and 4; Robby Woods in Pro 2 Unlimited; newly-signed Casey Currie in Pro Lite Unlimited; Jeff “Ox” Kargola debuting his new truck design in Super Lite and the Premier Motorsports Group with Josh Merrell in Pro 4 Unlimited; and new team additions Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg in Pro 2 Unlimited and Jason Ellis in Super Lite.
Lite short-course driver Casey Currie, known for sweeping the TORC champion weekend at Crandon last year and taking home the series Pro Lite title. Currie has signed a multi-year sponsorship with General Tire and will beginning racing on the Grabber LT265/75R16 tires at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series this weekend.