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A Winning Weekend for Team General Tire

A Winning Weekend for Team General Tire: Carl Renezeder Takes Combined Unlimited 2 and Unlimited Open Win, While Sean Geiser Wins Limited Buggy Class at Lake Elsinore Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series

Lake Elsinore, CA – (June 30, 2009) --  Team General Tire added additional wins to the record-books for the 2009 short-course racing season, as Carl Renezeder swept the series again, scoring a combined Unlimited 2 and Unlimited Open class wins at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event this past weekend at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex.  Adding to Renezeder’s success, General Tire-sponsored Sean Geiser took first place in the Limited Buggy Class, rounding out a solid weekend of wins for Team GT.

“Once again, Team General Tire has come through in tight competition to reach the winner’s podium.  Carl is such a great competitor, and when you pair his remarkable driving skills with the outstanding performance of our Grabber SC tires, Team General Tire is very tough to beat,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire.
 
“And Sean Geiser has been a terrific addition to the team as well, bringing the power of Team GT to an entirely new class,” he added.
 
General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2009, with the new Grabber Short Course tire, the Grabber SC, designed in size 35x12.50R17 for Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 drivers. Engineered with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber SC 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 SC is the sister tire to the Grabber desert tire 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).  CTNA, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG.  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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SMS COMMITS GIRL TEAM TO RACE BITD’S “VEGAS TO RENO”

BEAUMONT, CA, JUNE 27, 2009:  Scholte Motor Sports (SMS) is proud to announce their commitment to race the Best in the Desert’s “Vegas to Reno – the Long Way.”  The team, which races in the Jeep Speed class, is excited to participate in this legendary off-road event.  SMS will be introducing their all-girl team for this event to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.

The SMS girls, Shari Tatman-Scholte and Charlene Bower, will be serving as Ambassadors for the Love/Avon Army of Women at the BITD race and all promotional events surrounding it.  The SMS Team is seeking sponsors for a Mile-A-Thon to raise money for the Army of Women.  They are also asking women to become “one in a million” by registering to join the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s movement to eradicate breast cancer once and for all.

“I’m really excited about the race,” says Shari Scholte, driver of record.  “I never pictured myself driving a race car, but I’m motivated by my own experience with cancer and a desire to help other families dealing with it.  The Army of Women is an amazing program to collect data and research so that, hopefully, one day my daughter and other girls like her will be safe from this horrible disease.”

If you would like to sponsor SMS’s efforts on behalf of the Army of Women, visit www.scholtemotorsports.com/Vegas_to_Reno.html
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About Scholte Motor Sports ~ The team is involved in off-road racing with a purpose – to beat the competition and breast cancer.  Every member of the team, from the drivers to the crew, is united in their effort to cross the finish line and bring awareness to young women that breast cancer can be beaten if it is detected early.

About Love/Avon Army of Women ~ The mission of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer and improve the quality of women’s health through innovative research, education, and advocacy.

SMS Racing Sponsors ~ DJ Safety, Pirate 4X4, Pro-Pipe & Supply, Scott’s Headers and Mufflers, El Charro Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Ring Ranch Rockers, Butler Scholte Co., Dale Electric, and RP Wages.

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Hummer to debut in Australasian Safari

(July 1, 2009) - One of the United States’ best endurance racers, Josh Hall, has confirmed his participation in this year’s Australasian Safari in one of the world’s iconic off-road vehicles.

The likeable US driver is set to make huge impact as he tackles the gruelling 3,600 kilometre course in the West Australian outback in his massive Hummer H2 SUT.  It is the first time that the legendary American four-wheel drive brand will have taken part in the event.

Hall heads up a strong field of international competitors for the rally that gets underway in Western Australia on August 1.

A four-time winner of the acclaimed Baja 1000 event, held on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, Hall is a big name in off-road racing in the US.

The son of off-road racing legend Rod Hall, he won five races in the USA in 2008 and took home the BITD class championships in his Hummer H2 SUT.  He now has his sights set on Australasia’s biggest off-road event.

“At the top of my expectation list is to learn what it takes in order to be competitive in this event in the future,” Hall said.

“As a rookie, I firmly understand the challenge of just finishing such a crew/vehicle/driver and navigator taxing motorsport event.  Our goals are to finish, learn, and be a part of the community of Australian off-road racing.”

The American has heard a lot about the Safari, and can’t wait for the event to get underway.

“I started looking at participating in an international endurance event about nine months ago.  But I kept coming back to the Safari.  It’s run in a country that doesn’t have land mines lining the race course, the citizenry speaks English and the event organizers have a first class reputation.

“Add to that my genuine desire to be there and I knew this would be the event for me.”

Hall’s 6.2 litre Hummer is not eligible to run for outright honours in the event, as event regulations limit the engine capacity to 6 litres.  However, the big Hummer will run in a special International Promotional Category, with an official assault on the event planned for 2010.

“CAMS regulations limit the engine size to 6.0 litres, but next year’s Hummer will be 5.7 litres, so the Americans plan on for a real crack at the title in 2010,” Event Director, Justin Hunt, said.

“It’s fantastic to have Josh Hall and his Hummer at the event, and with the car having been purchased by Western Australian Greg Knowles, it will stay in Australia after the Safari, which is great news for off-road racing in this country.”

While this will be Hall’s first event in Australia, his father, Rod, contested the 1979 Repco Reliability Trial will fellow American Steve Mizel.  Driving a Chevy Blazer, the pair finished the three-week event in 12th place.

Nevertheless, he believes his Hummer will be up to the challenge of some of Australia’s toughest, and roughest, tracks.

“Not knowing what the Australian conditions really are - my only source of information is last year’s event DVD - I am going to ignorantly say that our H2SUT should be well suited for this type of event,” Hall adds.

“The race truck is a proven winner in the States.  It is extremely reliable, comfortable to be in, and works very well in all types of terrain.”

After four Baja 1000 victories, he’s confident that the experience of the tough Mexican event will stand him in good stead in the WA outback.

“In Baja, the course its self is the great equaliser.  It favors no one – except those that make the fewest mistakes.  That race has taught me patience, persistence, tenacity and to expect the unexpected.  I have also learned when to hold back and when to move to the front.

“Of course it is also a very physically and mentally demanding race, so that experience won’t hurt at all.  While Baja is not the Safari, it is an experience I will draw from in the decision making during this event.”

This year’s Australasian Safari begins in the Western Australian capital, Perth, with a prologue on Saturday, August 1.  The event proper starts the following day.

Auto, motorbike and quad bike competitors then face over 3,600 kilometres of competition over seven days.  The Safari will have overnight stops in Geraldton, Mt Magnet, Leonora and Laverton, before finishing in the gold mining city of Kalgoorlie on Saturday, August 8.

International entries have already been received from the USA, China, Sweden, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and the Czech Republic, enhancing the event’s reputation as one of the world’s toughest, and most respected, motorsport events.

For further information on the event, visit the Australasian Safari website at: www.australasiansafari.com.au
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Tweeting the Baja 500 for Team GT

FORT MILL, SC – (May 29, 2009) – For the first time ever, off-road racing fans will be able to track the progress of their favorite Team General Tire drivers 140 characters at a time via Twitter, the hottest new social media communications application.
 
Beginning with the start of the race on Saturday, June 6, race fans or followers can log onto www.twitter.com/teamgt  for up-to-the-minute progress reports for all of the Team GT drivers. Also, go to www.generaltire.com and check out the live tracking link provided by IRC www.racetheworld.net.
 
“We’ve been incorporating a wide range of the new social mediums into our overall communications plans, including Twitter and Facebook,” said Dana Zamalloa, manager of PR and communications, General Tire.  “Twitter is the ultimate application for conveying real-time results to our fans. It’s a great way for fans to get up to the minute updates on Team GT’s progress during the race.”

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).  CTNA, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.generaltire.com).  CTNA, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. With sales exceeding €24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. 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. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.
            
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Renezeder Takes Unlimited 4 Wins at Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series

SURPRISE, AZ – (May 6, 2009) -- Off-road racing champion Carl Renezeder brought home his career-milestone 80th and 81st wins over the weekend, taking first place in Unlimited 4 at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event at Speedworld Off-Road Park May 2-3.  Renezeder, racing on General Tire Grabber SC short course competition tires, held off tight competition both days to score the first place position for Team General Tire.

“The combination of Carl’s driving skills and the traction and control the new Grabber SC tires are proving to be a dominating blend for winning short course races,” said Travis Roffler, Director of Marketing, General Tire.  “Team Renezeder and General Tire have dominated short course racing this season winning 5 of the first 8 Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 races this year.”
 
“It was a hard-fought battle all weekend long, but the truck and the Grabber SC tires held out to give us a win over a very competitive field,” Renezeder said.
 
General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2009, with the new Grabber Short Course tire, the Grabber SC, designed in size 35x12.50R17 for Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 drivers. Engineered with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber SC 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 SC is the sister tire to the Grabber desert tire 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).  CTNA, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. With sales exceeding €24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. 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. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.
             
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