FULLERTON, CA. – (Dec.12, 2011) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-road racer Chad George wrapped up a stellar season by clinching the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Super Lite title at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona on December 10.

George piloted the Funco Motorsports #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama Super Lite – outfitted with off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S+® tires – to a fourth place finish at Firebird to win the 2011 season championship. During the season, he won five races and reached the podium nine out of 15 times.

“It takes three ingredients to win a championship,” George said after Saturday’s race, “performance, reliability and teamwork. That’s what I had with Yokohama and the Funco team. My Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S tires hooked up no matter what the track conditions were, and we didn’t have one flat tire all year. The teamwork between my Funco team and Yokohama’s tire technicians really paid off all year.”

“Chad proved his mettle in a tough Super Lite class this season.  He consistently ran in the front of the pack and had too much for the rest of the field,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s senior manager of motorsports. “He and the Funco team did a fantastic job and the Geolandar A/T-S tires never let him down. It was a total team effort and Yokohama is proud to part of the team.”

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.

Rialto, CA – Kawasaki’s Chad George claimed his first SuperLite victory of the season and filled the podium with 2nd, and 3rd place finishes during Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway.

After 8 rounds of hard fought battles, Chad was happy to be back at his home track, just a stones throw from his stomping grounds of Rialto, California. With a complete entourage of family and friends filling his race space, the pressure to succeed mounted on Saturday evening as he staged his Kawasaki/Yokohama Tires/Bull BBQ SuperLite Truck before thousands of horsepower hungry race fans.

As the green flag dropped, Chad put his Yokohama Geolander AT-S tires and King Shocks to the extreme test flying over 100ft. table tops, attacking each corner while moving up two positions. When pressuring for the final podium spot, Chad became tangled with another racer forcing him back to sixth position! With the taste of the podium still in his mouth, Chad used his Lazer Star LX LED lighting for some extra clarity under the dark sky and pushed his Kawasaki SuperLite to the edge of control. By the final lap, he proved he was capable of a come-back by claiming 3rd place and boosting his series points total closer to a championship title.

Reno, Nev. — RJ Anderson’s stranglehold on first place in the SuperLite Championship Series will be tested over two demanding races June 25 and 26, as the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series rolls into the Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City, Utah to unleash its ferocious brand of high-flying truck racing into a stadium of adrenaline-thirsty motorsports fanatics.

Torchmate/Speed Technologies’ Dawson Kirchner arrives at rounds seven and eight on a hot streak, boasting some blistering qualifying times and a first place finish from his round five and six performance at Glen Helen Raceway. But Kirchner will have his hands full, battling Walker Evans Racing/SoCal SuperTruck’s RJ Anderson, who locked down the points lead after his round one win and has never let loose. Running at the front of the pack, he starts the weekend with a towering 24-points over second place Pat Clark in the 16-race circuit.

Rialto, California – The dawn of the 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series rises on the Phoenix, Arizona desert this weekend as Chad George spearheads his FUNCO Team into the season opener at Firebird Raceway.

Chad will seek the SuperLite championship in his new #42 Kawasaki Motor Corp. race truck and he will defend his UTV Modified title in his Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx.  2010 was a strong SuperLite season with a solid second place finish, but Chad stands to top the podium for 2011.

With King of the Hammers coming up next week, plenty of planned activities are coming up during the event. Here’s one we came across from King Shocks to benefit Fast-Aid.

King Shocks will be holding a raffle at 8:00pm in the Griffin lounge at the 2011 King of the Hammers Race. The proceeds of the raffle will be going to Fast-Aid, an organization that helps injured racers and their families and holds basic first aid training for teams and individuals. Many of us in the offroad community spend long hours in remote areas. Having a team member who can administer basic first aid and CPR should tragedy strike could make the difference between life or death. This raffle would not be possible without the hard work done by Fast-Aid and the generous support from the following companies in the offroad community who have donated so far.

King Shocks, Spidertrax, Currie Enterprises, Traxxas, TrailReady, PCI Race Radios, Mikes Race Photo.com, Off-Road Evolution, Rough Stuff Specialties, PSC steering, B.F. Goodrich, Goodyear, 4Wheel Drive Toyota OwnersMagazine, Funco Motorsports, 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers, Kartek, Dyno Max, HCR Racing,  Total Chaos, KC Hilites, Trail Gear, Magnaflow Performance Exhaust.