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Team General Tire to Take on Baja 1000

Trophy Truck: Rick D. Johnson #71, Bobby Baldwin #96, Scott Steinberger #7, BJ Baldwin # 1, Ed "Clyde" Stout # 13, Jason Voss # 35, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell
Class 8: Ted Hunnicutt, Jason McNeil
Class 6: Marc Burnett # 602, Mickey Childress/ Robert Pickering
Class 7SX: Brandt Anderson #742
Stock Full: Kent Kroeker

"Team GT has really proven itself during a very a successful 2009 season, and we are confident that our drivers will be up to the challenge of this important race," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. "The Baja 1000 is the event that all desert racers strive to conquer, and we're confident that the combination of their outstanding driving skills and our Grabber competition tires will take them straight to the top."

In its second season of desert racing since General Tire's return to competition, Team General Tire members are well-acquainted with the winner's podium.   BJ Baldwin won the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship in both 2006 and 2008; this year, Rick Johnson won the Baja 500, the Terrible 250 and took third place in the General Tire Mint 400; Ted Hunnicutt took first place in Class 8 at the 2009 Mint 400; Mike Horner is a five-time Baja 500 champion; and Marc Burnett won class 6 "Ironman-style" at the 2008 Baja 1000, and he also took class 6 in the 2009 San Felipe 250.

Real-time team progress reports will be available during the race at www.twitter.com/teamgt.  Also, go to generaltire.com and link to live tracking report provided by IRC www.racetheworld.net.

General Tire is again 'unleashing the fury' in off-road performance for 2009, in the second year campaigning its Grabber competition tire.  Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a newly-developed competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters.  The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35x12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire (to be released in 2010); the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.generaltire.com).  As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate.
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Kevin Yoder Takes First Place at VORRA Hawthorne 250

GRASS VALLEY, CA (Sept 8, 2009) - Kevin Yoder took First Place at the Hawthorne 250 in the Sportsman class on Sunday September 7th.  With four 55-mile loops to complete, he outran and outlasted all of the competitors to the checker flag.

With twelve vehicles starting in the Sportsman class, Yoder pulled the pole position for his class.  He hadn’t pre-ran the course, so the first lap was relatively medium paced.  Ready to take it up a notch for the second lap, he started to get a lot more play in the steering, sometimes taking a half turn of the steering wheel to get the tires to move at all.  With the attrition rate high on the course, Yoders focus was to finish, so instead of stepping it up, he slowed down to be consistent and stay on course.

On mile 20 of lap three, Yoder finally pulled off the track to visually inspect the steering problem and the loud banging in the drive train that was getting worse by the mile.  When he stopped, he lost his lead to Tom Wayes who had been chasing him all day, and now the table was turned.  But on mile 8 of lap four, Yoder took the lead again when he passed Wayes with a front left shock mount broke and through the hood.  Knowing he had the win captured with just finishing, Yoder and co-pilot Dean Reed stopped to help a couple of other competitors upright their rigs and get unstuck in the nasty desert silt.

As the Yoder Racing 34 car headed towards the finish line, there wasn’t just silt dust flying behind it, but dark gray clouds of smoke too.  The rear end had grenaded and sprayed rear differential fluid everywhere. The 150 miles of knocking that they had heard would later be associated with the rear ring and pinion and ARB.  With only a half-mile to go, and the finish line in sight, the transmission locked up stopping the car. Not giving up, Yoder put the car into low range and could still only find third gear with it feeling like it was going to lock up too.  He used momentum and pushed the car to the finish line for his second First Place finish in a VORRA desert race.

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Team General Tire Ready to Take on BITD Parker 425

"We're totally stoked for this race," said "Ballistic" BJ Baldwin. "We're going up against some of the best drivers in the desert, but we're confident that with our skill, and the help of the awesome General Grabber competition tires, we'll be on the podium Saturday evening."

New this year, BITD will be broadcasting the event live online.  Sponsored by General Tire and Banks Brakes, log onto www.bitd.com and follow the action as it happens.  Also, real-time team progress reports will be available during the race at www.twitter.com/teamgt.

General Tire is 'unleashing the fury' for a third season of off-road action with the Grabber competition tire.  Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a specially-engineered, competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters.  The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35x12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire (to be released later this year); the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.

For more than 90 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs.  General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late- Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, Boost Mobile FreestyleMx.com Tour, Spec Tire of Trophylite and Pro Truck.  Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including BJ Baldwin, Carl Renezeder, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell, Jason/Rich Voss, Scott Steinberger, Ed "Clyde" Stout, Ted Hunnicutt, Marc Burnett, Kent Kroeker, Mickey Childress, Carey Hart, Josh Merrell, Robby Woods and Sean Geiser.

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Four Qualify for 2010 King of the Hammers

Eleven Ultra4 rigs crossed the starting line on Day 1.  The attrition rate was high, only two cars finished Day 1: Jeff Knoll and Kevin Sacalas. With teamwork and dedication, all eleven cars once again showed up the starting line on Day 2.  There was more heartbreak for seven of the eleven teams, with only four crossing the finish line: Ben Napier, Brandon Watson, Dean Bulloch, and Kevin Sacalas.  That qualified five drivers to start Day 3: Knoll, Sacalas, Napier, Watson, and Bulloch.  Of those five cars, four finished the race at mile marker 996: 1. Sacalas, 2. Watson, 3. Napier, 4. Bulloch. Only one racer completed all three days: Kevin Sacalas.

“I was proud to be able to race with this quality group of racers.  They put on an amazing show with unbelievable commitment to finishing,” said Hammerking Productions and racer Dave Cole.  After wrapping up a long week, Casey Folks from BITD said, “from our side it was fantastic, we are very proud to have the Ultra4’s with us.”

The final pre-qualifier for 2010 King of the Hammers will be December 12-13 at the Pima Motorsports Park in Tucson, AZ. Competitors will be given a chance to compete at the WERock “Put-Up or Shut-Up Shootout” which has a reputation for being a grueling event even for the most talented rock crawlers.

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Team General Tire, BITD, and Twitter

Follow Team General Tire on Twitter and get Daily Updates On the BITD Vegas to Reno Race at Generaltire.com

FORT MILL, SC – (August 17, 2009) – Desert off-road racing fans can track the progress of their favorite Team General Tire drivers on Twitter and get tracking and daily updates and photos during this weekend’s epic Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno run August 19-21.

Beginning with the start of the event, race fans and followers can log onto www.twitter.com/teamgt for up-to-the-minute progress reports for all of the Team GT drivers.

“This year’s Vegas to Reno run is the ultimate long desert challenge, and Twitter is the ultimate application for conveying real-time results to our fans,” said Dana Zamalloa, manager of PR and communications, General Tire.  “It’s a great way to keep everyone updated on our drivers’ progress during the race, right down to the finish.”

Fans will also be able to get driver tracking at www.generaltire.com provided by IRC and daily updates and photos from the race.  The intenseness of the Vegas to Reno race this year should provide a lot of exciting daily news.

Drivers representing Team GT include:
Trick Truck
Rick Johnson – Team 71 – 2008 Vegas to Reno Champion
BJ Baldwin – Baldwin Motorsports
Bobby Baldwin – Baldwin Motorsports
Jason and Richard Voss – Voss Motorsports

Class 8000
Ted Hunnicutt – Synergy Motorsports

Class 8100
Kent Kroeker – KORE

Class 7200
Marc Burnett – MB Motorsports
Sean Backus

General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2009, in the second year campaigning its Grabber competition tire.  Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a newly-developed competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters.  The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35x12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire (to be released later this year); the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.generaltire.com). 

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