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.

Baja-Social-Club-Trailer-7-26-13Almost three years in the making and supported by General Tire, Oakley and the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA), Baja Social Club stars motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith, off-road legend Walker Evans, dune buggy inventor Bruce Meyers and inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000 winner Vic Wilson. The 60-minute documentary film is being directed by James Masters and was created by Executive Producer Marty Fiolka.

Thanks to newly uncovered theatrical Hollywood-quality film footage not seen since 1968, the Baja Social Club trailer includes appearances by an incredible “who’s who” of motorsports names including James Garner, Mickey Thompson, Parnelli Jones, Bob Bondurant, Scooter Patrick and even Dave Despain.  Also included are off-road icons Robby Gordon, Rod Hall, Johnny Johnson, Larry Minor, Larry Bergquist, Lynn Chenowth and Andy DeVercelly Jr.

Jeepspeed-Logo-1-4-13San Dimas, CA – After three out of six races in the 2013 General Tire Jeepspeed Race Series it’s still anyone’s championship to win. The level of competition has been intense; if you combine the results of both classes, Jeepspeed Challenge, (Class 1700) and Jeepspeed Cup, (Class 3700), five different winners have stood on the podium. When the General Tire Vegas to Reno race rolls around August 15-17, additional bonus points will be in the mix to really shake up the points battle.

To date, 29 Jeepspeed Challenge teams have entered this season. The top 8 in the standings are separated by only 30 points. Leading the way is Rick Randall with 311 points. Rick may be relatively new to Jeepspeed racing but his family’s Jeep racing heritage spans three generations; clear back to the AMC days. Former Jeepspeed Champion Eric Helgeson, (Cherokee) is second in points with 303 followed by the super-fast Todd Jackson, (Grand Cherokee) with 298 points. Class Rookies Brannon, Hoffman and Bolles are running 6th, 8th and 9th respectively in the Jeepspeed Challenge.

mint-400-header-7-10-13The 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris, is now available to rent or purchase through Apple iTunes. The special two-hour digital version of the primetime television show captures the most dynamic and thrilling off-road racing on the planet – at the most prestigious and challenging off-road race in America.

Directed by The Martelli Brothers, and produced by Mad Media, The Mint 400 has become THE premiere off-road racing television and film event of the year. The legendary race is shot in stunning 4K resolution and produced annually by Mad Media at their San Diego headquarters. The show is broadcast on SPEED Channel to over 78 million homes, simulcast online to millions more, then made available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, and the PlayStation network. Coverage of the annual historic race is sold on DVD as well, making The Mint 400 the most watched off-road race program in North America.

Norra-1000-1971-video-off-road-7-10-13SAN CLEMENTE, CA – Azuñia Tequila launches 1971 teaser with the full 12-minute short film releasing soon.  The short encapsulates the adventures of two teams Snortin’ Nortin and Rippin’ Rooster as they take on the treacherous Mexican Baja peninsula. This piece takes you on an adventures unlike anything captured before on film.

“Off-road racing is one of the core pillars of the Azuñia brand,” said Jim Riley, CEO, Azuñia. “The NORRA Mexican 1000 is Gumball meets the wild west of Baja. We wanted to capture all the imagery, randomness and shenanigans during the race for everyone to enjoy.”

2013 LOORRS Round 7 & 8Fort Mill, SC – Apparently a 100 race win record was not enough for Team GT’s Carl Renezeder.  During Rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Miller Motorsports Park, Renezeder made history yet again by winning his ninth Pro-4 race in a row on General’s GRABBER tire.  The nine-race win streak dates back to Round 15 of the 2012 season and was almost extended to 10 in Round 8 but Renezeder fell just shy of a win settling for second.

“It was my own fault – total driver error,” said Renezeder following the Round 8 race.  “Going into turn four, I went to set the track and hit the wrong brake pedal.  So frustrating!”

Team GT’s veteran driver handily broke Kyle LeDuc’s old streak of six wins set back in 2012.  Renezeders most recent achievement also adds to his overall career wins bringing his total to 112 – and still counting.