Fort Mill, SC – February 27, 2012 - General Tire has been named a contingency sponsor for the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series beginning in 2012. General Tire will be the only tire manufacturer offering a cash contingency award for the regional series who will host races in California and Arizona. General Tire’s support of the series is in an effort to help foster up-and-coming talent in off-road short course racing.

“General Tire wanted to raise the bar in the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series so that’s what we did,” said Tony Talbert, off-road program manager for General Tire. “General Tire has a strong presence in the LOORRS series and this regional contingency package demonstrates our commitment to the off-road racing community. We feel it’s important to cultivate growth from the grassroots level up to the professional level. And we’re proud to continue growing with such a competitive and exciting form of racing.”

“We are excited to have General Tire become more involved in the grassroots short course movement,” said Lee Perfect, race director of Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series Southern California. “Their commitment to quality products and willingness to give back to the racers go hand-in-hand with the mission of our regional series – to provide affordable, safe, regional racing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The contingency package General Tire has put together this year is outstanding and I think it will definitely up the competition level among our teams this year.”

The cash award will be available to the following classes; Pro Open (2/4/Lite), Mini Open (1450/Trophylite), Full Stock Trucks, Pro Buggy, 1600 Desert Buggy, Lite Buggy Class 9, Open V8 Trucks, Ultra 4, Mini Stock Trucks, Limited Buggy, Desert Buggy, Beehive 1450 Classic (June/Sept/November only). Teams wanting to participate should visit www.generaltire.com and click on “Racer Contingency Program” for more information.

With preparations underway for its season opener Saturday, February 26th at Glen Helen Raceway , the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series announced today that Alumi Craft will be the 2011 Limited Buggy class sponsor. “Alumi Craft is a strong stable name in the off road community with a great product and outstanding customer support.  We are excited to have them join us in our effort to spotlight the grassroots racers.” said Race Director Lee Perfect.  “There will be some great battles in the Alumi Craft Limited Buggy class this year, with a good mix of veteran racers and new talent moving up from the Kart classes. There are a lot of drivers to keep an eye on in this class and the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series will be a fun, budget friendly venue to do it in.  We appreciate that companies like Alumi Craft are willing to support Short Course Off Road Racing at the regional level.”

“Alumi Craft is excited about being partners with Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series as the Limited Buggy class sponsor.  The regional series gives us the opportunity to support all competitors in the class.  We feel that the regional series and the Limited Buggy class itself is a great stepping-stone into professional short course racing.  Short Course racing has become a passion with our company in the past four years.  We are pleased at where Lucas Oil has taken the sport,” said John Cooley, President of Alumi Craft.

About Alumi Craft: Alumi Craft is the premier racecar chassis manufacturer in the off road industry.  Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty.  We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver.    For the past three years, ALUMI CRAFT has claimed Three Pro Buggy championships and a Super Buggy Championship in Short Course.  The drivers who aided ALUMI CRAFT in achieving the repeat are Rob MacCachren, Chuck Cheek, and Cameron Steele and CJ Greaves.