Fort Mill, SC – April 24, 2012 - What do a rooster and a hurricane have in common? They will both be at the General Tire NORRA (National Off-Road Racing Association) Mexican 1000. Friends, and teammates, Rick “Hurricane” Johnson and Jim “Rooster” Riley will once again embark upon the 1,100-mile race down the exotic Baja peninsula from Mexicali to San Jose Del Cabo. This year’s rally marking the third time since the Mexican 1000 revival in 2010 that racers from all generations have piloted their vintage vehicles across one of the world’s most notorious deserts.

Johnson in his 1979 winged sprint car named “Jalopy” and Riley in the famed “Snortin Nortin” will both tackle the gritty, old school style of racing that has laid the groundwork for what we know as off-road racing today. Both historians of the sport, Johnson and Riley sat down to talk about the history of the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, vehicle preparation, challenges, strategy, and socializing with 300 of their closest off-road friends. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: What does it mean to you to compete in a race that laid the groundwork for today’s off-road racing?

A (Johnson) – Competing in the 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 returns us to a place in time where man and machine first challenged the unknown terrains of BAJA California, Mexico. It’s an honor for me to represent General Tire and retrace the routes of my childhood heroes who laid the groundwork for a race that is now known as the famous Baja 1000. In 1965 Ted Mangels was the first person to record a registered time in a 4-wheeled vehicle beating the previously set time of motorcycle racer Dave Ekins.

Las Vegas, Nevada – Off-road racing fans and adrenaline junkies alike don’t have to wait till Sept. 18 to catch a glimpse of the 2011 General Tire Mint 400 madness. General Tire is releasing a heart-pounding teaser on YouTube that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Directed by the Martelli Brothers and produced by Mad Media with executive producer Dana Zamalloa at the wheel, the less than two-minute clip will give you just a taste of this year’s grueling desert race. But it’s bound to leave you hungry for more

Don’t miss a minute of the action. Tune in to Fuel TV to see the race from beginning to end on Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET; Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET; Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET; and Sept. 29 at 4:30 a.m. ET. October and November airing schedules will be announced at a later date.

This year, Team General Tire crushed the competition, sweeping the podium in Las Vegas March 26 – the first sweep at the Mint 400 since the ’80s. ‘Ballistic’ BJ Baldwin unleashed his fury, taking first overall and first in Unlimited Truck. He was followed by father Bobby Baldwin in second overall and second in Unlimited Truck, and by Mikey Childress and Rob Sims, crossing the line at third overall and first in Class 1.