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.
Featuring super-slo-mo HD footage and sit-down interviews with both drivers, the video highlights the Nissan drivers on and off the track, allowing them to describe what it’s like to hurl their race trucks over short-course off-road jumps on the racetrack.
Check out action from the video below:
LAS VEGAS, NV – Ryan Hagy, charges the podium and takes home his first win in the #27 SuperLite class at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) round 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. Hagy traditionally known as a Freestyle MX rider is proving that the Ox brand truck has a winning spirit and a vivacious focus for staying on the podium this season.
“Finally got the monkey off my back,” said Ryan Hagy. “This win is for Ox!
I have been very focused on getting a win in my rookie season and I guess Vegas is my lucky track. With one more race in the season, there is still more to come. ”
Hagy is currently in 3rd place in points and is in contention for the championship race. Hagy started the season off right with a solid performance during the LOORRS season opener with a 3rd place podium and back it up at Firestone in Arizona with a 2nd place finish during round 5 and a 3rd place in round 6. During his desert racing debut this season at the BITD Mint 400 he took home a strong 2nd place finish in the 7200 class. Firebird Raceway in Chandler, AZ is up next and Hagy is focused on another win to finish the season out right!
Fort Mill, SC – The 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season kicks off this weekend at Firebird Raceway and General Tire will be there in full-effect. General Tire’s support of short-course racing runs deep, since its inception, General Tire has been a sponsor of LOORRS, and numerous teams. Even recently expanding its efforts into the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series as a contingency sponsor. General Tire is part of the fabric of the sport so their four year partnership with eight-time champion Carl Renezeder is no surprise.
A true champion in every sense of the word, Renezeder has accrued 97 career short-course wins and eight championships to date. On track, Renezeder is a fierce competitor who other drivers admire and fear, all at the same time. And as he prepares for the 2012 season, Renezeder is hoping to amass his 100th career short-course win in addition to chalking up a ninth championship for the record books. We sat down with Renezeder to get a little more insight into the driver that is one of the best to ever step on a short-course track and here’s what he had to say:
Q: You’re heading into your 14th season in short-course racing. How has the sport evolved during that time?
A: The sport itself has stayed fairly consistent with its roots as far as the Pro2 and Pro4 classes and rules are concerned, but everything else has been elevated to new levels. The trucks are faster, tracks are better, and the competition is deeper. The biggest change is the exposure Lucas Oil has provided through their television packages! Our sport has made huge advancements in popularity because more people can watch our trucks race on television. From major networks such as CBS to the popular cable TV channels such as Speed Channel, Versus, and MAV TV. This is the type of exposure we need to continue to grow, thanks to the Lucas Oil Team. Sponsors like General Tire have also helped us expand outside the track through ads and promotions which is a huge asset.
Q: How does the competition look for the 2012 season? What’s it going to take to get to win #100?
A: The team has been fine-tuning the trucks from suspension to drivetrain to insure that the trucks will be powerful, nimble, predictable, and flat out fast making sure the 100th win happens sooner rather than later.
Q: What are some of the keys to getting around Firebird Raceway?
A: First and foremost is to stay out of trouble, be fast, take advantage of your opportunities, and be in striking position at the finish! But most importantly, have the best tires, which I do with my General’s!
Q: What can fans expect to see at this weekend’s race?
A: Door banging, high flying, hot rod trucks getting it on!
Q: How do you physically prepare for the demands of short-course racing?
A: I train about two hours a day. Mostly cardio and core work. I ride my mountain bike three to four days a week, swim two miles about four to five times a week, and weight train about three days a week. I like to surf and ski, big waves and steep mountains.
Q: You recently announced a cool Twitter promotion where fans can win the opportunity to take a lap with you around the track. Tell us about that and how fans can enter?
A: We announced a contest to commemorate our 100th win, what better way to give back to our fans than to let them experience short-course racing for themselves. Fans can enter on our Facebook fan page:www.facebook.com/TeamRenezeder.
Q: If you had to describe short-course racing to a new fan, what would you tell them?
A: It’s the most extreme type of motorsports. We launch 4,000 pound trucks, with 900 horsepower, through the air like motorcycles on a super cross track, only we fly farther. I would say seeing them on TV is awesome, but experiencing it live is 10 times better.
For more information on the LOORRS event at Firebird Raceway, and the activities surrounding the event, make sure to visit www.lucasoiloffroad.com.
As a little kick-off to the start of the short-course off-road racing season beginning this weekend in Arizona for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, check out this pairing of All Star pitcher Tim Lincecum as he gets behind the wheel of Bryce Menzies’ trophy truck.
While in Phoenix for spring training, baseball world champion and All Star pitcher Tim Lincecum took the opportunity to meet up with 2011 TORC Series PRO 2 class champion, SCORE Trophy Truck champion and Dirt Sports Driver of the Year, Bryce Menzies, at Firebird Raceway.
While out practicing for the upcoming short-course off-road season, Menzies and Lincecum were able to meet up just prior to the start of the short-course season and baseball season. After suiting up, Lincecum went for a wild ride in Menzies’ 800-horsepower #1 Menzies/Red Bull Trophy Truck. After the tutorial with Menzies, Lincecum climbed into the driver’s seat, where he proved that throwing a baseball isn’t his only talent.
In 2010, Chad was poised to win the SuperLite Championship, but a single race knocked him into runner-up position. This
year, with the same fierce competition beating at his door, Chad has a burning desire to complete the mission. Chad commented, “We’ve be SO competitive in the Kawasaki/Yokohama/Lazer Star Superlite this year, everything has fallen into place, and there’s nothing more that I want than to bring this championship to my sponsors and hard working Funco team.”
With a championship driving performance in his very first weekend of ProLite Unlimited, Chad displayed stellar results at Round 14 in Las Vegas, just missing the podium on Sunday’s race with a 5th place finish. Yep, Chad George is out to prove that the ProLite class is where he plans to stay, and has already made a BIG statement. After a few tweaks and tunes, Saturday’s final Round 15 at Firebird Raceway race should prove to provide some spectacular racing as Chad will seek his very first win before the stomping crowds in the #42 Abu Dhabi Unlimited/Bull BBQ/Traxxas V-8 powered machine.
Shifting gears into his #1 Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV, the reigning champ will need to pedal-down the C&G powered V-twin at a chance for another win, and most of all his 5TH CONSECUTIVE UTV CHAMPIONSHIP. With only a narrow gap between the top three points runners, Chad will need to bring his A+ driving, and have some good luck on his side. “Chad commented, “It would be a miracle if the current points leader didn’t start the race, it would give us our last chance at our 5th title, but all we can do is worry about winning, and let luck do the rest.”
In addition to Chad’s powerhouse weekend, the Funco stable will launch Chad’s cousin, 21 year old Garrett George, onto the Pro Buggy scene. Having multiple finishes and success in the Pro Buggy during the Lucas Oil Regional series, the team decided that now is the time to rub wheels in the “big time.” It’s no doubt that Garrett’s blood line has checkered flags flowing through it, as the son of a multi-time short course champion, Greg George, Garrett has the heritage, the talent and machinery to win; watch him fly high in the Funco Pro Buggy throughout 2012.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Chris Brandt #82 BFGoodrich / Toyota Pro Lite Unlimited Truck will be at the final round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Phoenix, Arizona at Firebird Raceway this Saturday, December 10th. With 12 podium finishes Brandt has lead the points all season but fell 3 points behind Brian Deegan after the last Las Vegas rounds. “This weekends race is the last chance to determine the series champion. With only 3 points separating Deegan and I, you know it will be the must see race of the season!” said Chris Brandt.
Sunday’s Pro Lite vs Pro Buggy Cup Race has a 1st place cash prize of $20,000, 2nd place of $10,000 and 3rd place will receive $5,000. “We are extremely focused on both races this weekend. We have raced all year with great success and now it is time to finish the year with two wins,” said Brandt.
Chris Brandt has had an excellent 2011 season. Although the graphics on the truck have changed throughout this season, the talent behind the wheel and the desire to win has never faltered. Chris Brandt was named the 2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing “Driver of the Year” and continues to prove his presence on the Pro Lite Track being coined as “Mr. Consistency” in 2011 with the 12 podiums during the season. Starting in ATV Racing, he moved into trucks with great success as the Great Plains Off-Road Racing Association Champion from 1994-1997 where he would win multiple classes during the same weekend, earning him the title “Ironman”. With multiple championships in PACE and CORR “Rookie of the Year” in 1999, he came into the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with a history of success and a winning nature behind the wheel. Chris Brandt manages to race competitively while running one of the largest concrete cutting companies in the Midwest with his father and raising his young daughter, Macy. Chris Brandt and the entire Brandt #82 Racing Team is looking forward to continuing the excellence into the 2012 season.
Chris Brandt Website: www.chrisbrandtracing.com
Today, the Lucas Oil Off Racing Series released its 2012 schedule featuring a return to locations familiar to spectators and competitors while the expansion of the sport of short course off road racing continues with a Labor Day weekend event at the series’ newest facility in Reno, Nevada. This weekend event, September 1st & 2nd will introduce an entire new region to the sport on a brand new, purpose built track to be constructed within the natural terrain and hillsides on the expansive Reno property. With challenging drop-offs and picturesque setting providing dramatic viewing for spectators, the Reno, Nevada stop for Rounds 11&12 is destined to be a mainstay on off road racing fans Labor Day Weekend calendar.
After a two year absence from the schedule, the series will once again return to Southern California’s Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex for Rounds 2&3 on April 21st & 22nd. Currently undergoing a renovation that, when completed, will feature a brand new, mile long short course track and seating to accommodate approximately ten thousand spectators, this permanent, state of the art facility promises to attract capacity crowds as it is sure to become the new Mecca of short course off road racing culture.
Rialto, CA – Rodeo Ford of Goodyear, Arizona joins Chad George in the SuperLite Championship for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise Arizona on April 16-17.
Dodge Earnhardt, owner of Rodeo Ford commented, “We’re excited to be apart of Chad’s racing program this weekend, he already has a great start this season, and winning is what Rodeo Ford wants to be associated with. Combining our dealership, known for decades of outstanding service and great pricing, with a champion was an easy decision and a perfect fit.
I had the opportunity to personally race a SuperLite truck last season, it’s A LOT of FUN and it’s a real drivers class. The SuperLite program is top-notch and the Lucas Oil Off-Road fans know how to pack the house.”
Chad takes his #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama SuperLite into Round 3 of the LOORRS SuperLite Championship with 3rd place in the points championship. With Rounds 3 and 4 in Surprise, AZ he has the opportunity to move up 2 spots on the leader board, keeping him in contention for the title.
“During rounds 1 and 2 at Firebird Raceway we made adjustments and battled to put our Kawasaki/Yokohama SuerLite truck toward the front. After some more tuning in the shop, we think the #42 will be the truck to beat at Speedworld Off-Road Park. Rodeo Ford picked a great time to join the party!” said Chad George.
As the sun beamed over the legendary Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., March 20, the crowd at Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series anxiously awaited the sure-to-be action-packed Superlite race. Ox, a freestyle MX rider and Baja MX racer and a relatively new driver to the off-road scene, was ready to take on the rigorous course.
Though the cards were stacked against him, racing alongside several Superlite veterans, Ox and his new Superlite truck fitted with General Tire Grabber street tires fought hard for the lead, muscling his way to the front and leaving the competition in the dust.
“This win is a huge career victory for me,” said Ox after taking the podium in Chandler. “I’ve fought hard for a win since I started racing in Superlite, and to place so early in the series is exactly what I was fighting for. I’m pumped for what’s to come next with Team GT and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.”