Banning-Motorsports-Vegas-Reno-8-23-13Las Vegas, NV – Banning Motorsports takes another impressive win at the Best in the Desert General Tire Vegas to Reno race. The 1178 car brought home the gold for Banning Motorsports with a nearly perfect race. This is an incredible third win in a row at Vegas to Reno for the 1178 car and the fourth straight for Banning Motorsports. The team’s winning record at the longest off road race in the United States is simply incredible.

They were stuck in the silt one time in the #1178 car but otherwise, it was a perfect day. The Ford power plant ran flawlessly thanks to the NEO Synthetic Oil coursing through it and the General tires were spot on with no flats all day. The team’s FOX shocks with Eibach springs were smooth and crisp soaking up the rough spots on course. The Odyssey battery got the car fired in the morning and kept everything powered up all day long. KC Hilites furnished daylight brightness all the way to the finish line.

LAKE FOREST, CA – Carl Renezeder begins the fourteenth year of his short-course off-road career with a contest for his fans to win a ride-along with the legend himself.  With 97 wins in his record book, the countdown to Renezeder’s hundredth career win is well underway on his social networking sites (links are below), and fans are jumping at the chance to fly through the air and throw some dirt with The Man.

“Not only has Nissan come back to our program, but they’ve launched the partnership in a huge way,” explained Renezeder, who will run Nissan Titan trucks in both the Pro-2 and Pro-4 classes in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.  “They’re giving fans a chance to climb in our two-seater truck with me – I can’t wait to give someone the ride of their life!”

Renezeder’s team has spent the short off-season making sure the hundredth win happens sooner rather than later. Crew chief Bill Smith has been fine-tuning and refining the trucks front to back, from suspension to drivetrain, giving Renezeder trucks that will be powerful, nimble, predictable and flat out fast.

“We continually worked on these trucks throughout last season, and with the progress we’ve also made this off-season, we feel more confident in our program than ever,” commented Renezeder.

Foothill Ranch, Calif. – Set against the uniquely sculptured and dramatic backdrop of Oakley’s world headquarters, the finest off-road motorsports performances of last season were toasted at the annual Dirt Sports magazine “Driver of the Year Honors” celebration hosted by Amsoil, KMC Wheel, Oakley, Red Bull and Ryan Communications Group (RCG).

In the most difficult and closely contested Driver of the Year voting since the awards were established in 2005 (for the 2004 season), Dirt Sports gave top 2011 honors to Bryce Menzies. Menzies, a 24-year old racer from Las Vegas, managed the nearly incomprehensible feat of claiming two very distinctive championships; the Traxxas TORC Pro 2 unlimited short course title and the SCORE desert series Trophy-Truck crown. Both categories are considered the pinnacle in their respective forms of off-road motorsports.

Irvine, Calif. — WIDE OPEN Racing, the racing arm of the adrenaline-filled off-road adventure provider WIDE OPEN Excursions, took a remarkable second, third and fifth place finish in the Class 10 Racing Division this weekend at the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 500.

With all three of its entries finishing this year’s 500 event, WIDE OPEN Racing continues to extend its 100% finishing record over the past five years.  Since 2005, Team WIDE OPEN has entered a total of 62 cars in the Baja 500, Vegas to Reno, and the ultimate off-road test – the Baja 1000 and every one finished its race.

WIDE OPEN Racing pulled off this impressive feat in their Subaru powered four-cylinder Baja Challenge tour cars outfitted in race trim.  Team WIDE OPEN put two cars on the podium in the Class 10 division with car #1007 driven by Pete Pigott earning second place and car #1008 driven by J. Allard in third. Close behind, car #1006 driven by Christian Hammarskjold finished in fifth position.

WIDE OPEN’s race vehicles are dubbed Baja Challenge Cars, which are purpose-built off-road race cars with Subaru EJ-25 engines, 4 speed manual transaxles and custom double A-arm suspension that provides more than 18” of wheel travel. They are capable of speeds in excess of 95 MPH and have racked up over 4,000,000 driving miles in the Baja over the past 11 years.

Sponsors include; BF Goodrich, KMC Wheels, EIBACH Springs, Magnaflow Exhaust, Royal Purple, Fox Racing Shocks, and Snug-Top.

“We are extremely thrilled with the performance of the WIDE OPEN cars, drivers, and support crew again this year. Team WIDE OPEN congratulates all three teams on their incredible finishes,” said WIDE OPEN’s Race Operations Manager Nick Johnson. “The Baja 500 is a mental and mechanical challenge and is one of the world’s ultimate proving grounds for both driver and vehicle.”