Fort Mill, SC – General Tire’s Justin Davis is a busy man this year. With a full off-road schedule, Davis has also opted to race in the 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) under the Green Army Motorsports umbrella. Last month at Firebird International Raceway, Davis had a rough go of it fighting handling issues most of the weekend. However, the team has worked hard over the last few weeks and the 18-year-old is ready to tackle rounds three and four at the challenging .9-mile dirt short course.

This weekend marks the return of LOORRS racing to the all new Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. The newly designed track is demanding and is sure to highlight a driver’s ability to control their vehicle. From low-speed hairpin turns to the back-straight where speeds will approach 100 mph, Davis is sure to put his General Grabbers to good use as he looks to stand atop the podium when he attacks the track in his No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Pro-2 truck. We sat down with Davis to find out how he’s prepared for the race and what fans can expect this weekend. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: In rounds one and two you referenced “gremlins” that led to a pretty disappointing weekend. How do you overcome these and what changes have you made heading into rounds three and four at Lake Elsinore?
A: Lots and lots of testing will be done before the race. We learned from rounds one and two and will definitely improve heading into Lake Elsinore.

At Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally on Monday, Darren Skilton experienced fuel delivery issues in his Revolution VI buggy that pushed him to the back of the pack, yet Skilton and navigator Skyler Gambrell were still able to complete the stage under their own power.  That evening Skilton’s crew made aerodynamic modifications to provide additional airflow to the fuel pumps in an effort to remedy the issues.  In short, this was not successful.  Just 40 kilometers before the beginning of the special stage, the General Grabbers on Skilton’s car stopped turning due to the same fuel problems.  The team was able to coax the car to the start line without any time penalties, but that was just the start of the special stage!

While pushing hard to close the gap on the competition, Skilton slid into a sharp rock and damaged a tire, then later on the fuel issues surfaced yet again.  “The pumps were actually not that hot,” Gambrell explained.  “The fuel in the tank is cool, but with three separate fuel cells there is a collection point with a filter ahead of the pumps.  We bypassed this system and did not experience any more fuel delivery problems after that.”  Already starting in the back of the pack, once they stopped the team was caught in traffic with the huge T4 trucks, which quickly degraded the track conditions and visibility.

Skilton finished 118th for the day, completing the 208 km special stage in 4 hours and 52 minutes.  “I am heartbroken that my teammate Mark McMillin was not able to continue the rally,” Skilton noted.  “He has graciously offered his support to my race effort and that has been extremely helpful already.”  The team now heads to Chilecito in the shadow of the Andes mountains, with elevations on Stage 5 topping 10,000 feet.

Darren Skilton would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: General Tire • King Off-Road Racing Shocks • Method Race Wheels • Baja Designs Lighting Solutions • Neo Synthetic Oil • Redline Performance
PCI Race Radios • Signpros Custom Lettering

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