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.

LFort Mill, SC – June 18, 2013 – Team GT veteran, Carl Renezeder, has himself a six-pack…of wins that is.  To date, in the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season, Renezeder has managed to take home all six of the Pro-4 winner trophies.  In fact, he has an eight race Pro-4 winning streak that dates back to the Challenge Cup in 2012.  This weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, Renezeder looks to extend that streak to 10 and add to his list of 111 career wins.

While Renezeder makes winning look easy, the competition in LOORRS is anything but.  To win a LOORRS race a driver needs tenacity, finesse, assertiveness and a good set of General Tire Red Letter Grabbers.  The combination of changing track conditions, truck set-up and the other 15+ drivers around you, make for some dicey situations but Renezeder has the right combination figured out and we sat down with him this week to find out how he makes the on-track magic happen.  Here’s what he had to say:

Casey-Currie-Off-Road-5-23-13CORONA, Calif. – Despite its toughest weekend to date in the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) season, the Monster Energy/General Tire squad led by Casey Currie overcame adversity during both days of competition from Lake Elsinore, Calif., to leave his hometown race second in the Pro Lite championship.

The speed was definitely there for Currie and it showed immediately with impressive lap times during Friday practice on the 1.1-mile circuit. Currie piloted his Monster Energy/General Tire truck to top three times in each of his two group sessions. On Saturday morning, Currie laid down a hot lap in qualifying that landed him inside the top five on the starting grid for the first race of the weekend.

As the green flag waved to get Round 5 underway on Saturday afternoon, Currie put himself in position to battle at the front of the field until his first encounter with bad luck occurred early on. After the pole sitter spun just after the finish, Currie was collected in the ensuing chaos and fell to 16th in the running order, forcing him to battle his way back through the field. Currie’s exceptional abilities behind the wheel were on display through to the caution flag at the halfway point, passing seven trucks in just a handful of laps. After restarting in ninth, Currie kept the charge going through the finish. The speed was there in the Monster Energy/General Tire machine, but Currie simply ran out of laps and ultimately claimed eighth spot at the checkered flag.

2013 Mint 400 Race DayThe 2013 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris – will premiere on SPEED Channel, Saturday June 8th at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. This special two-hour 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. This year, over 250 race teams battled the brutal four-hundred mile Mint 400 desert racecourse. The competition was fierce and full of drama, suspense, and back and forth clashes in all twenty classes of vehicles – from the fast growing Pro UTV Class, all the way up to the million dollar Unlimited Trophy Trucks. The overall lead changed seven times, and less than half of the competitors finished the destructive and punishing race.

2013 marks the sixth consecutive year that General Tire has returned as the title sponsor of the Mint 400, since helping resurrect the race in 2008. They are the official tire of the Best in the Desert Championship, and remain dedicated to supporting off-road racing. “We can’t thank General Tire enough for their support this year,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “This race is THE marquee event in American off-road racing. We are reaching millions and millions of race fans during The Mint race week – and our new 2-hour television format is going into 78 million homes on SPEED. With help from General Tire, we’ve built the most dynamic and entertaining off-road television show on the planet.”

jeepspeed_bitd_5-13-13Alamo, NV – After the pounding everyone took at the brutally tough Mint 400, Jeepspeed racers headed north for the Best in the Desert Silver State 300. The Silver State race uses a point to point course through the hills and valleys of Northern Nevada. Held mostly on fast fire roads, there is hardly a whoop the entire way. It gave competitors a chance to open up their Jeepspeeds for some high speed running. When the course is rough and technical truck set-up and a driver’s ability to push the limits without breaking determine the winner. When the course is fast, everyone is fast. With higher speeds, any mistake is amplified. An excursion off course put you in rocks and trees or off a cliff on a majority of the 300 miles run. Thick dust caused by trucks running nose to tail at full speed hung over the course making it difficult to overtake. Jeeps that made it through the mountains, the river crossings and the long flat valleys still had to navigate miles of deep powdered silt that can swallow a truck in seconds.

14 Jeeps lined up for the General Tire Jeepspeed Challenge presented by ATX Series Wheels, (6 cylinder Jeep SUVs with limited modifications). In the General Tire Jeepspeed Cup presented by ATX Series Wheels, (open class for Jeep, Dodge, & Mopar SUVs/Trucks) it was a dogfight between Brandon Berge and Bob Mamer. Bob was off the line first followed by Brandon 30 seconds later. Bob Mamer has had a lock on the competition in the Jeepspeed Cup winning the first two races of the season. Brandon was 4th at the season opener then 3rd at the Mint; he was looking forward to his duel with the points leader Mr. Mamer.

freitas_13-bitd_off-road-5-10-13Alamo, NV – Northern Nevada must be a favorite location for Garrick Freitas and the Freitas Motorsports crew. They always do well on the high-speed point-to-point courses there. The team won back-to-back Vegas to Reno races on some of these same roads that were run at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300. Point to point races typically favor the unlimited open wheel cars like Garrick’s General Tire FOX Jimco. Multi-lap races are better suited to the big Trick Trucks. First, the heavy trucks tear up the course and then use their huge tires and long travel to overpower the lighter class 1500 cars. Not this time; the top five finishers at the Silver State had three 1500 cars and only two Trick Trucks. Garrick qualified 15th but called upon his Kroyer horsepower to charge all the way up to third in class 1500, fifth overall at the drop of the checkered flag.

“We were trapped behind Damen Jeffries for most of the race,” said Garrick, “He was running a good pace but we wanted more. We had plenty more speed on tap with our Kroyer Racing engine but it was too risky trying to pass in the dust. We made a charge a couple of times but one attempt resulted in us almost plowing over a tree. We got going again with no damage but it was a close call.”