Off-Road-Expo-Logo-10-2-12POMONA, Calif. – The 2013 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Annual Silent Auction is set to take place, once again, at the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire on Saturday, October 5, from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All funds raised benefit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization committed to honoring those who have committed their lives to the off-road community.

Hot auction items up for bid include: a set of four General Tires; a Mastercraft safety helmet; 2014 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno entry; A Day in the Desert with Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees; a 2014 King of the Hammers entry; and more. The auction will also offer a variety of off-road memorabilia including collector’s magazines, rare t-shirts, and autographed mementos. Big ticket items are also available for online bidding at www.32auctions.com.

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.

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.

mills_motorsports_baja_500_2013_6-11-13Mills Motorsports sought redemption at the 45th running of the SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Baja California, after disappointing DNF in San Felipe.  Spurred on by last year’s Baja 1000 win and class championship, the team would stop at nothing to get a victory. Nevertheless, the team’s journey from start to finish was full of enough mayhem to satisfy an entire season.  Twenty one hours, twenty six minutes and three seconds later, the Mills Motorsports #842 SPEC Trophy Truck finished the 2013 SCORE Baja 500 in second place and saluted this race to the record books as one of the most brutal battles in Baja the team has ever fought.

Driver Nick Mills and navigator Tony MacNeil started the race for the Mills Motorsports/KORE Team. Grand Marshall and former SCORE-International President, Sal Fish, waved the green flag and Mills rocketed off the line, bombing through the streets of Ensenada and in and out of the infamous Ensenada wash.  The first 70 miles of the race, Mills performed flawlessly, passing all five competitors in the SPEC Trophy Truck Class.  Mills was running his LS3 motor hard and knew that if he could continue this pace, he could hand the truck off to Alan Roach in an ideal position to finish the race in front.

CORONA, Calif. – General Tire returns for its seventh season with Lucas Oil in 2013, a partnership that includes Official Tire status in all six of Team Lucas’ motorsports series and a presence that cuts a broad swath across the landscape of American motorsports.

General Tire will be a part of event and television sponsorship in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. It also will have a high profile in the 29 events at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

General Tire has television entitlement and presenting rights on CBS, CBS Sports Network, SPEED, NBC Sports Network for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Late Model Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series. It also participates in the broadcasts of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by Lucas Oil and the General Tire Best in the Desert Series on the Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV American Real.

Fort Mill, SC –  As the 2012 Best In The Desert (BITD) season came to a close at Henderson, Nevada, General Tire celebrated three class championships with members of Team GT.  For the second straight year, Jim Riley topped the points in the 6100 Class with his Azunia Tequila Ford.  Riley battled the rugged deserts of the southwest to post three wins in 2012, including a win at the coveted General Tire Mint 400.  Through it all, it was the “team” mentality that helped Riley to the class championship.

“BITD puts together a variety of tough races throughout the year, the only way to win a championship is to be consistent and never give up,” said Riley.  “As a team we focus on structure, discipline, perseverance, persistence, luck, and the TEAM.

“This was the first full year of racing in the TrophyLite R8.”  Riley continued, “As a whole we learned a lot about the new truck and its capabilities. We worked with a number of manufactures to fine tune the equipment and have been especially happy with our Currie and General Tire products.  We have also seen consistent performance from our Culhane Transmission, Mastercraft Safety products, and PCI Race radio support. I am happy that we showed up to every race and gave 100% regardless if we were able to finish or not.”

Freitas Motorsports wrapped up the 2012 season with a strong showing at the Best in the Desert, Henderson 250 off road race outside Henderson, Nevada. The team ran up front all day finishing sixth overall, third in the unlimited, 1500 class. The team was in striking distance of the season long championship crown but had a tough hill to climb in order to take it from leader Robby Gordon. “It wasn’t really ours to win, it was Robby’s to lose,” said driver Garrick Freitas, “Regardless of what we did, Robby only had to finish the race to take the championship. We were more concerned with Chuck Hovey who was third in points behind us. We had to run well and beat Chuck to maintain our second place in the standings which we did.”

For a moment, the championship looked to be attainable when Robby Gordon’s car came to a stop due to an electrical issue on the first lap. He was lapped by the entire field but made repairs; continuing to the finish. The Freitas Motorsports, General Tire Jimco did not finish unscathed either. “We started eighth and made up a few spots when the cars in front had flat tires or other mechanical issues,” said Garrick, “We had several long stretches of clean air running up front. The dust is a huge issue on a silty course like this.

 Fort Mill, SC – It was a wild finish to the 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season at Firebird International Raceway that saw General tires drive Carl Renezeder to two more wins to wrap up the year.  Team GT posted two wins and 10 podium finishes on the weekend as teams regroup and prepare for 2013.  Overall General tires helped Team GT members to 11 wins and more than 40 podium finishes in 2012.

“Congratulations to all our teams on their accomplishments in 2012,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.  “Every member of Team GT has worked tirelessly this year to reach the top of the podium.  Their dedication and determination is second-to-none and we’re looking forward to an even stronger run in 2013.”

“The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup is always crazy,” said Renezeder.  “When you put money and bragging rights on the line without any championship implications, things can get out of hand. We had a perfect day and a perfect race, and that’s why we were able to win. We avoided the carnage and the truck was exactly how I love it – I could put it anywhere and it would work. I’m incredibly proud of our team and the way we’ve worked through the adversity of the first half of the season to finish with five wins over the last two events.”

Fort Mill, SC – October 17, 2012: Team GT invaded the Arizona desert this past weekend for Best In The Desert’s (BITD) Blue Water Desert Challenge.  In a two-day event, Team GT methodically tackled the 25-mile loop course filled with deep silt, rocks, and plenty of other challenges along the way.  In a new truck that’s only been raced once before, Camburg Racing was able to maneuver through the pitfalls of the Parker, AZ desert to capture their second class 6100 win in a row.

“This race went really well for Camburg Racing,” said Jerry Zaiden of Camburg Racing.  “We started off the line with a brand new high-tech truck.  They took us off the line but Jerry (Whelchel) was able to pass them back about mile nine and we ran in front the rest of the day.  On day two we got off the line better but towards the end of lap one, we got into a bunch of dust and overshot a turn and got stuck.  This set us back a bit but we came back to win.  It was a flawless day.  No flat tires, the engine ran perfectly, everything was just perfect.”

Fort Mill, SC – The Best In The Desert (BITD) Series travels to Parker, Arizona this week where Team GT driver Justin Lofton will lead a convoy of drivers on General tires into a two day affair.  In a unique format, Lofton and his Team GT teammates will complete 150-miles across two days with the ability to make adjustments to their vehicles following the first day.  While moving between paved ovals and the demanding desert terrain is no easy task, Lofton makes it look effortless.

Usually found gracing the pavement of a NASCAR track in the Camping World Truck Series where he’s currently vying for a championship with one win, four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes under his belt, Lofton will spend this weekend in the deserts of the southwest.  Lofton returns to his roots at an off-road course considered by many to be his “hometown track” (he hails from just outside Blythe, AZ right down the road).  And with notable landmarks like The Matterhorn, The Snake Pit, The Haunted House, and The Bunny Jump, the Blue Water Desert Challenge course is sure to challenge the patience and endurance of every driver, including Lofton.