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.

Mongo-Racing-Off-Road-8-22-13Randy Merritt and Tracy Rubio won the 2013 Best In The Desert Racing Association’s Vegas to Reno billed as the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.”  What makes this even more remarkable is this is their 3rd consecutive class win at this event in 2 different classes. Randy and Tracy teamed up in 2011 for this event in Randy’s 2011 Class 8100 ECO Boost powered F-150 built by Tracy Rubio at TNC Fab in Kingman, Arizona and then they returned in 2012 in Randy’s new Class 7200 Unlimited also built by Tracy Rubio at TNC Machine and they drove it to their 1st Class win.

Randy was looking forward to the 2013 Vegas to Reno with anticipation, knowing that most of his team was unchanged and the truck was ready. Since the 2012 BITD Vegas to Reno, Randy has only missed finishing in the top 2 in class twice.

Baja-Designs-Vegas-to-Reno-8-22-13San Marcos, CA – Baja Designs would like to congratulate competitors of the 2013 General Tire Vegas to Reno, with a special thanks to Team Enlightened and their chase crews.

From the lights of the Las Vegas strip to the high desert of Reno, Nevada, this year’s General Tire Vegas to Reno challenged some of the best drivers the off road racing industry has to offer. Five hundred and fifty miles across the Mojave Desert at temperatures reaching upwards of 108 degrees gave everyone a run for their money. The longest off road race in the United States, Vegas to Reno claims its fair share of casualties.

BITD Silver State 300Fort Mill, SC – August 20, 2013 – It’s the longest off-road race in the United States.  The General Tire Vegas to Reno race, put on by Best In The Desert (BITD), is not for the faint of heart.  For nearly 550 miles, teams navigated the harsh terrain of the Nevada desert from Las Vegas to Reno and more than 95 teams attempted to claim victory.  It was CJ Hutchins who took the top spot for Team GT finishing first in Class 1500 and fourth overall completing the race in 9:34:58.  The win marked Hutchins best finish in the famed race.

“Congratulations to CJ and his entire team on their 1500 win and fourth-place finish overall at Vegas to Reno,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.  “To have four wins with CJ (Hutchins), Steve (Alexander), Banning and Randy (Merritt) – who has now won three times in a row at Vegas to Reno – all on red letter GRABBER’s is amazing.  Vegas to Reno is a demanding 550 miles and I’m proud of each and every one of our teams for finishing.”

bitd-freitas-general-tire-8-16-13Fort Mill, SC – Noted as the longest off-road race in the U.S., the General Tire Vegas to Reno race provides a platform for General Tire to showcase their signature red letter GRABBER tire which was born from competition.  Originally developed in the desert, the GRABBER tire, and its technologies, transcend the race course and are available to consumers at dealerships across the country.  But it was a lengthy process, and labor of love, to bring the GRABBER to life.

“Once we began testing the GRABBER tire, we spent a couple years in the desert refining the technologies,” said Tony Talbert, tuning key account manager for General Tire.  “We modified the tire two to three times until it worked well in the desert before bringing it to the street.”

Testing on some of America’s toughest desert terrain was key to developing a tire that provides enhanced durability, puncture resistance and extended tread life.  Through silt, over rocks and an array of other obstacles, the GRABBER came to life and technologies such as Duragen, which provides enhanced strength and durability with even treadwear for longer mileage and confidence in challenging conditions, were born.  Technologies such as Duragen, combined with the patented strake and chamfer tread pattern, allow this extreme traction tire to provide exceptional off-road grip and durability while balancing it with on-road drivability.

NORRA-LogoSince the mid-1970s, the name of Bilstein has been synonymous with high-performance shock absorbers that are engineered for the demanding environment of desert off-road racing.  Now Bilstein has joined forces with the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) in its mission to “Honor the Past” and “Forging the Future” by being named as the “official shock absorber” of the California-based organization.

Today’s announcement comes in preparation of NORRA”s second off-road rally of 2013– the upcoming NORRA Mexican 500 “La Carrera Del Norte” (The Race of the North).  Scheduled for Sept. 27 – 30th, the new three-day Mexican 500 rally will take competitors from the historic off-road racing home of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico to Mexicali, San Felipe and back to Ensenada over three fun and adventure-filled days of competition and camaraderie.

NORRA-Logo(Agua Dulce, Calif.) — With just under two months to go before the green flag drops on its second vintage-flavored rally of 2013, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released additional event details for its newly created 2013 NORRA Mexican 500, also known as the “La Carrera del Norte” (Race of the North).

Today’s announcement includes a complete event schedule (see below) for the upcoming NORRA Mexican 500, as well as additional course and hospitality information.  Scheduled for Sept. 27-30, the new four-day event is the second NORRA vintage-flavored off-road rally of 2013, and incorporates many of the unique elements of its sister rally — the highly popular General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, which takes place in the spring at the end of April.

Vegas-to-Reno-General-Tire-8-8-13Always keeping the safety of off-road racers in mind, Casey Folks, director of Best in the Desert off-road racing association, and Steve Myers, from International Racing Consultants (IRC), today jointly announced Pass Alert, the latest development in safety equipment for off-road racing.  Folks heads up the largest off-road desert racing organization in North America. Myers is president of IRC, the company that provides tracking for most off-road racing operations globally. The Pass Alert system has been years in development, and will be in place for Best in the Desert’s landmark General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race August 15-17, 2013.

The way the system works is as a faster vehicle approaches a slower moving vehicle, a visual alert goes off letting the rider/driver know he is being approached from behind. At the same time, the Pass Alert system signals the driver of the faster vehicle that he is approaching a slower moving racer. Pass Alert systems will be placed on the fastest cars or trucks, and the slowest motorcycles, quads and UTVs.

Vegas-to-Reno-General-Tire-8-8-13An excited Casey Folks, director of Best in the Desert, announced that more than 275 of the world’s fastest off-road racers have signed up to date for the Longest Off Road Race in the United States, The General Tire “Vegas to Reno”. Of particular note, this is the largest number of entries this early in history for this spectacular race.

Set up to be a landmark race, the 2013 running of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race has the leading off-road race teams gathering in Las Vegas to challenge the treacherous terrain of the Nevada desert, that only Casey can create.

Racers from the U.S. and around the world are set to compete – with entries coming now from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.

Casey-Currie-Lucas-Oil-8-1-13CORONA, Calif. – Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team were at the top of their game this past weekend in San Bernardino, Calif., as Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) were raced under the lights at Glen Helen Raceway. Currie’s Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK was a force to be reckoned with during both nights of Pro Lite action and ended the weekend with one of his best outings of the season, highlighted by a runner-up effort on Sunday. The performance vaulted Currie back into the Pro Lite title hunt with five rounds of racing remaining.

Due to the special nature of the first of two weekends of night racing this season the format for track time was altered, resulting in a loaded day of action on Friday. Currie began the weekend with practice on Friday morning and set up his truck for the pair of qualifying sessions scheduled for later that afternoon. Friday’s first qualifying session set the grid for Round 9 on Saturday evening and Currie got the weekend off to a strong start by qualifying fourth. Just a few hours later, Currie returned to the track to earn his starting spot for Round 10 on Sunday night, getting even more out of the Jeep JK to post the third-fastest time.