Kyle-LeDuc-Lucas-Oil-Rigid-8-28-13Rigid Industries makes the toughest lighting products on the planet. During rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, their torture team short course racers dominated on one of the toughest courses; Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada. The Wild West course climbs high into the surrounding hills only to plummet back down into the valley below. Racers drop perilously down steep faces before launching full speed off huge table-top jumps. The course rewards those who go wide open.

The “General” Brian Deegan and Casey Currie, both Prolite champions, kicked it off for the Rigid Industries Torture Team with solid results in the V8 powered Prolite trucks. Casey finished eighth in round 11 and bettered his place in round 12 taking the seventh spot.

Brian Deegan barely missed the win getting the second spot on the podium. He backed that up with another second place in round 12.

Hutchins-Albins-Vegas-to-Reno-8-27-13Reno, Nevada — It was a punishing 550 miles for all the drivers in the longest race in the United States. More than 250 teams battled the brutal desert terrain in this year’s BITD General Tire Vegas to Reno race. Justin Lofton and Harley Letner led the Class 1500 pack for most of the day, but in the end, it was CJ Hutchins who pulled off the win. CJ’s car, which features an Albins AGB, crossed the finish line in 9:34:58 to place fourth overall and take the top spot in Class 1500. John Walker, also running an Albins AGB, took 2nd in Class 1500.

Banning Motorsports continued their winning ways in Class 1100, claiming their third BITD win this season. Brian Folks drove Banning car 1178, that features a Mendeola MD5, to first place in Class 1100.

Fort Mill, SC – July 18, 2012 – So you have a weekend off and are ready to jump in your four-wheel drive vehicle outfitted with General tires for a little off-road adventure.  Keeping with the spirit of “Anywhere is Possible” and looking to exceed the limits, your quest to tackle sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, and other natural terrain leaves you wondering…where should I go?  Well look no further.  With millions of miles logged across the Southwest deserts of the United States and the Baja peninsula of Mexico, Team GT’s professional desert off-road drivers revealed their favorite spots for a weekend getaway (in no particular order) and now we’re sharing them with you.  So check it out:

November 18, 2011 (Reno, NV) – Today, off-road legend Rod Hall will do what he does every November, put on his race suit and leave the starting line of the famed Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Hall, the most winning racer in Baja is the only man to compete in every Baja 1000 race since its inception in 1967.  He has racked up twenty-one class wins in the event’s forty-four year history.

Hall will be competing in the Stock Full class in the #862 Master Pull – Special Operations Warrior Foundation H1 Alpha Humvee.  Owned and raced by Sam Edgar, the two will share driving duties with support from a capable team of Special Operation Forces veterans and race professionals.

The course is a 692.82-mile loop through northern Baja.  Hall will race from the start to race-mile 150 and again from race-mile 320 to 450 for a total of 280 miles.  Both drivers characterized the course as “exceptionally rough with damage and washouts from recent rains.”

Rod Hall’s return to Baja behind the wheel of the H1 is fitting.  He began his partnership with HUMMER after a long career racing for Dodge and won multiple Baja 1000 Stock Full wins behind the wheel of an H1 before moving to the H2 and H3 models.  The race truck is prepped by Twisted Metal Works in Reno, Nevada and supported by Master Pull, AM General, BFGoodrich, Rigid Industries LED lighting, Master Craft Safety, Rock Monster Wheels, Fox Defense Suspension and Rod Hall Products.

The four-wheel start is slated to begin at 11:30 am.  To follow Hall, Edgar and #862, log on to www.rodhallracing.com or via Twitter @rodhallracing1 and @tier1racing.  To donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, scan the QR code located on the race truck and chase trucks or log on to http://www.specialops.org/?Make_A_Donation.

San Luis Obispo, CA – The Canidae Off Road Race team is putting the final touches on the #95 Trophy Truck for the 2011, Best in the Desert, Vegas to Reno Off Road Race. This amazing event is the longest off road race in the United States at well over 500 bone-jarring miles. “Just to finish this epic race is a huge accomplishment, but we’re looking for more than that,” said co-driver Scott Gailey who continued “the Canidae crew has been working hard, the truck is ready and we’re coming in prepared to win it.”

The Canidae Team’s 800 HP 454 CI Dougan small block Chevy Trophy Truck is sporting a new paint scheme by RADesigns for the historic race and completed final performance testing on August 11 to ensure the truck is in prime condition.

Starting in the desert heat of Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday August 19th, 150 plus competitors will begin the long trek north along Highway 95 all the way to Reno, Nevada. During the race, they will endure high temperatures, severe dust, sharp rocks and much more as they make their way to the finish line. Racers even get a close-up view of infamous Area 51 before climbing up to over 8000 feet in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. For racers managing to get to the halfway point of the race, the second half becomes an all out sprint to the finish. Smooth graded roads take the place of rough washes as these talented drivers throw these huge trucks around like rally cars.

LIVE BLOGGING ANNOUNCEMENT: Race fans can follow the Canidae team’s progress before and during the race by visiting www.canidaeracing.com for photos and reports direct from the team, and for up-to-the-minute race course mapping for speed and position during the race.

Canidae Racing is supported by Canidae Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, BFGoodrich Tires, Magnaflow Exhaust, KC HiLites, Torco Race Fuels, Tap It Brewing, JE Pistons, Fox Race Shox, Geiser Bros. Design & Development, K&N Air Filters, Racepak, CalTex Freight, McKenzies, Specialty Fasteners, XRP Hoses and Fittings, Norco Tires, and GET Performance.

Photo credit Mike Wilson Photography.