Fort Mill, SC – August 1, 2012.  The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) will go under the lights for this weekend’s round 9 & 10 action at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.  After a month away from competition, team GT is looking to triumph over the daunting track and add to the win column in the second-half of the 2012 season.  Known for its natural terrain, this track’s huge jumps and technical obstacles combined with a field full of determined drivers, is certain to provide lots of door-to-door unrest.

LOORRS champion Carl Renezeder will vie for two more wins to hit the century mark while up-and-comer Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy is knocking on the door of his first career win in LOORRS SuperLite action.  In Hagy’s second year of LOORRS competition, the Metal Mulisha member has certainly demonstrated the tenacity, prowess and knowledge needed to succeed in a series that is notoriously taxing on even the best of drivers.  We visited with Hagy and asked him about Glen Helen, his goals, and Renezeder, here’s what he had to say:

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:

Fort Mill, SC – May 30, 2012 - Team GT travels to Ensenada, Mexico this week for the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and veteran driver Rick D. Johnson is leading the charge. With five class (Trophy Truck) wins to his credit, Johnson wants to make it an even six-pack this week when he pilots the No. 71 General Tire Ford F-150 over 450-miles of rugged terrain that is sure to test even the most experienced of drivers. Johnson will compete against more than 250 drivers from 34 states and 15 countries and the competition is as tough as it’s ever been.

For the past three years Johnson has posted a top-10 finish in the overall including a second-place in 2009. For this year’s race, Johnson has recruited fellow Team GT member Mikey Childress to help co-pilot the No. 71. The depth of experience between these two drivers runs deep and the duo are expected to be a top-contender as they make the famous loop that starts and finishes in Ensenada. We talked to Johnson before he left to pre-run the 450-mile trek and here’s what he had to say:

Q: Are you familiar with this year’s Baja 500 course? Have you raced it before?
A: Very familiar. Ninety-five percent of the course has been the same trails for the last four Baja 500′s.

Fort Mill, SC – Team GT is preparing for their next desert adventure as they take to the Las Vegas desert for the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 Saturday, May 5. Cupertino, California-resident Jason Voss is looking to put his Trick Truck back on the podium and improve upon a disappointing General Tire Mint 400 race, when he returns to the desert this weekend. Voss has battled mechanical issues and even rolled his truck during Mint 400 qualifying, but that’s not enough to keep him on the sidelines. He and his team have been working hard to overcome their demons and drive to the top of the podium. We sat down with Voss this week and asked a few questions about the upcoming race and here’s what he had to say:

Q: You’ve had several challenges the last couple races with mechanical issues.  What kind of preparations are you making to help ensure a strong finish at Silver State this weekend?

A: Yes, mechanical issues having been haunting us for about the last year and a half. We have been spending a lot of time out in the desert testing the race truck to ensure we are ready for the Silver State race. We are taking each mechanical setback one step at a time, to ensure we have a real able truck come race day.

Las Vegas, NV – The tradition of the General Tire Mint 400 continues this weekend as the off-road community descends upon the Nevada desert. The week kicks off with a Trick Truck parade and pit crew challenge followed by the Mint 400 kick-off party on Fremont Street Wednesday, March 21 starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, fans can then meet all the Team GT members during the driver autograph session on Fremont Street from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. followed by the Miss Mint crowning at the Golden Nugget Hotel.

Friday, teams will get down to business as they begin the process of putting their vehicles through tech inspection. Then on Saturday, fans will be in for a gnarly race as Team GT tackles the grueling terrain of the South Las Vegas desert for their chance at becoming the 2012 General Tire Mint 400 champion. After finishing third in the overall last year, Mikey Childress is ready to tackle the Mint once again. We sat down with the General Tire driver, and 2011 Mint 400 Class 1 winner,q to find out how teams prepare for a race that can’t be pre-run and here’s what he had to say:

Fort Mill, SC - The Best In The Desert (BITD) Series kicked off at the “Parker 425″ over the weekend in Parker, Arizona and Team GT started the 2012 season off on the right foot. Following a 12th-place qualifying effort, Mikey Childress fought through a course that over time; became rougher and tougher to navigate. The California-native worked his way through traffic to finish third in class 1 and sixth overall with a time of 7:37:51. A solid start to the season for the Team GT veteran.

On the heels of his class 8 BITD championship, Macrae Glass started his 2012 season on top of the podium. Glass posted a first-place finish in class 8 as he begins his bid for back-to-back championships.

“General Tire is excited to start the 2012 BITD season with two podiums,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “There’s still a lot of racing this season and we think Team GT has an excellent chance for more podiums and championships.”

Fans can join in the conversation on Twitter (@teamGT), Facebook (facebook.com/generaltire) and YouTube (youtube.com/teamgeneraltire).

Fort Mill, SC - General Tire and Baldwin Motorsports will amicably part ways at the end of this year. Following extensive internal discussions, officials at General Tire determined that they need to focus on fulfilling the needs of the high consumer demand for General Tire products and are unable to accommodate the product request required by Baldwin Motorsports by the beginning of the 2012 season.

“We did not make this decision lightly,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “At the end of the day, we made the decision to use our development resources & manufacturing facilities to meet the high consumer demand for our product right now. While we’re sorry to see BJ leave, we are thankful for what he has done for our brand and wish him all the best.”

General Tire will continue their support of current Team GT drivers, desert off-road racing and the entire off-road community.

If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races at www.twitter.com/teamgt.

Fort Mill, S.C. – Nov. 23, 2011. General Tire, Wahoo’s Tacos and Azunia Tequila, delivered an early Thanksgiving to some deserving orphans at the Rancho El Milagro (www.ranchomilagro.org) orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico last Wednesday prior to the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The group was joined by several teams participating in this year’s Baja 1000 at the fifth annual Baja Children’s Support Run. The volunteers collected $3,000 to buy supplies, in addition to building a multi-media center for the more than 34 children and staff of the orphanage. The focus of this year’s event was to install a multi-media center, including new computers and desks, so the kids could discover the world of possibilities that lie ahead for them.

“I want to thank all the team’s that participated and our partner’s, Wahoo’s and Azunia, for helping put together the best event yet,” said Dana Zamalloa, manager of PR and communications, General Tire. “General Tire is proud to support Rancho El Milagro. To see the joy and hope in the eyes of each one of the kids was a very satisfying moment. And knowing that we made a positive change in the world is truly gratifying. We’re looking forward to next year’s trip.”

Following a shopping trip to Costco, the group of volunteers made the journey to Rancho El Milagro and delivered a truck-load of food, cleaning supplies and toiletries. While at the ranch, the volunteers also built-out a multi-media center that included computers to help the kids at Rancho El Milagro learn and explore the world. Of course the trip wouldn’t be complete without a meal fit for a Thanksgiving feast, some autographs, and a little fútbol.

Overall another successful event thanks to a fantastic group of volunteers who donated both their time and money to this worthy cause. Team GT sends a big thank you to

Jim Riley and Rick L. Johnson and the Azunia Team, Wahoo’s, BJ and Bobby Baldwin, and Baldwin Motorsports who donated additional money to expand the facility in order to accommodate the multi-media center. We’d also like to thank Rick D. Johnson and Team 71, Greg Adler from 4 Wheel Parts, Rob Sims from THR, Jessie Jones, PCI, Kevin Davis from Green Army, and Ricco Ferrante from NoHo Drink.

Anyone wishing to donate to Rancho El Milagro, please visit – www.ranchomilagro.org.

Fort Mill, S.C. - As a kickoff to the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race, General Tire (GT), Method Race Wheels and Monster Energy invite fans to join all the race teams for an evening of fun Thursday, November 17 at Papas & Beer (located at Blvd. Lopez Mateos and Calle Ruiz 110 in Ensenada, Mexico) for the first annual Off-Road Street Fiesta. The event gets underway at 3:00 p.m. PST and will include driver autograph sessions from 5:30-6:30 p.m., a large display of race trucks, performance by Takon Machine, flame throwing exhibitions and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event will wrap up at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Fans will have the chance to meet Team GT members “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, Bobby Baldwin, Mikey Childress, Rick D. Johnson, Ken Kroeker, Jim Riley and Colton Udall along with other participants in the 44th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 100.

The general public is invited to celebrate the start of the most grueling race of the year with drivers from 32 states and 15 countries before they attempt to cover the rugged 692.82-mile course that will start and end in Ensenada. It’s a test for both man and machine and one that requires a large dose of good luck. So come out and wish your favorite driver(s) good luck as they embark on their journey through the desert.

Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com for more on the 2011 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.

Fort Mill, S.C. (Nov. 10, 2011) – Carl Renezeder hit an incredible 97 wins Sunday at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Round 14 in Pro 4, securing his spot as number one, leading points for Pro 4.

While the mood was somber at LOORRS Rounds 13 and 14 following the tragic death of competitor Rick Huseman, teams took time to remember the world-class racer and gave the fans all they could in remembrance of him. Team GT’s Robby Woods honored Huseman by painting his once blue truck green and adorning it with dozens of memorial stickers. Josh Merrell, also of Team GT, donated 2,000 commemorative shirts with proceeds going entirely to the Huseman family.

During Saturday’s Pro 4 race, Renezeder took the lead early on.   Fighting hard to lead the pack, Renezeder was forced into second after bumping into another driver. Renezeder battled back, but was unable to regain his ground, finishing in second followed by Merrell in third. Josh Merrell took his first podium finish in the LOORRS series and his new truck and determination paid off this weekend.

In Sunday’s Pro 4 race, Renezeder hit the track again, determined to maintain his lead in points.   A full-course caution was thrown when Merrell’s truck rolled on the opening lap in the turn seven chicane. On the restart, Renezeder went inside to take the lead, but was pushed back to second when he took turn five too aggressively and ended up on two wheels. The battle continued and he was neck-in-neck for the lead. Renezeder closed the gap on the final turn, taking the lead and the 97th win of his career, with only three more wins till he reaches a monumental 100.

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