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John Stewart

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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John Stewart

General Grabber SC Tire Debut with Win

Carl Renezeder Wins Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 at The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series on the inaugural debut of the new General Grabber SC Tire

Primm, NV – (April 4, 2009) – Carl Renezeder brought home General Tire’s first Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 win at the first race of the 2009 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series.  Renezeder unleashed the fury on the competition with his new General Grabber SC tires and swept the 1st place win in both the Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 class at the April 4th race in Primm, NV.

“This is an incredible pair of wins for General Tire in the inaugural debut of the new Grabber SC. This validates the effort that was put into the development of a great race tire and Carl really showed today how to maximize the tire’s performance in both classes.” said Travis Roffler, Director of Marketing, General Tire.” This is going to be an exciting season in short course racing.”

“We’ve designed this new racing tire to be both fast and highly adaptable for various short-course track conditions,” said Tony Talbert, light truck product manager, General Tire. “This tire will be a fierce competitor on the short course track.”

“I am so excited to bring home the win for General Tire in both classes.  The tire performed great and we look forward to a solid season on the new General Grabber SC.” said Carl Renezeder.  Renezeder has a long and storied career in off-road racing, going back to 1994.  He has 76 Career Short Course Wins (65 in CORR, 10 in WSORR), including two Pro-4 Championships and two Pro-2 Championships; as well as a Class 1 win in the 1998 SCORE Baja 1000, and two podium finishes in the SCORE Baja 500.

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. 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 short course tire 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 (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 information on the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, visit www.lucasoiloffroad.com .

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 targeted annual sales of €25 billion for 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of tires, brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics 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. Today, the corporation employs approximately 146,500 at nearly 200 locations in 36 countries.

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John Stewart

Carl Renezeder Makes the Jump to General Tire

CHARLOTTE – (March 25, 2009) – Champion short-course off-road racer Carl Renezeder has signed to race for Team General Tire for the new 2009 Lucas Oil American Off-Road Racing season.  Renezeder will campaign in the Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 classes beginning April 4-5 in Primm, NV.

“We are so proud to add Carl Renezeder to Team General Tire,” said Tony Talbert, Light Truck Product Manager, General Tire.  “Having a driver of his caliber will take our team to the next level, and will give our new Grabber SC tire a solid foothold in short-course racing.”  Renezeder has a long and storied career in off-road racing, going back to 1994.  He has 76 Career Short Course Wins (65 in CORR, 10 in WSORR), including two Pro-4 Championships and two Pro-2 Championships; as well as a Class 1 win in the 1998 SCORE Baja 1000, and two podium finishes in the SCORE Baja 500.

“I’m very excited to become part of Team General Tire,” Renezeder said.  “I saw how well the General Grabber desert tires did last year in their first season, and I knew that the General short course tire would be the tire to beat this year.”

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 37x12.50R17 for Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 drivers. 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 short course tire 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 (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 information on the Lucas Oil American Off-Road Racing Series, visit www.lucasoiloffroad.com .
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John Stewart

General Tire Wins in San Felipe 250

General Tire’s Marc Burnett Wins Class 6 At 23rd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250
 
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico – (March 18, 2009) – Marc Burnett continued his winning “Ironman” streak by storming his Boost Mobile / Monster Energy / General Tire Ford Ranger to a Class 6 - Mini Trophy Truck win in the SCORE San Felipe 250.  Just as he did in his Class-winning run at the 2008 Baja 1000, Burnett drove the entire race as the solo driver of the truck.   His winning time was 5:25:20.

“This is the second time racing SCORE in this truck – we won the SCORE Baja 1000 with this one, so we’re 2-for-2 in this truck,” he said at the finish line.  “It was a pretty flawless race – we had no flats with the General Tire Grabber competition tires.  They performed beautifully all day long.  I’m going to continue driving solo – I Iron-manned the Baja 1000 and I’m going solo every race from now on.”
 
“This was an incredible win.  We couldn’t be happier with Marc’s accomplishment today,” said Tony Talbert, Light Truck Product Manager, General Tire.  “Marc epitomizes the Team General spirit and grit that got him through this course Ironman-style, to come out on top.  Our hat’s off to him and his entire team for an outstanding effort!
 
“This win marks another step forward in General Tire’s assault on desert racing, and our Grabber competition tires came through in winning style yet again, under very difficult conditions,” Talbert added.
 
General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2009, in the second year running its Grabber competition tires.

Burnett is a Baja 1000 champion in the motorcycle class.  He also holds two championships for motorcycle in the Baja 500.  He took first place in Class 6 in the 2008 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, second place in the Terrible’s 250 and third in the Parker 425.
 
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; 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 targeted annual sales of more than €26.4 billion ($40 billion US) for 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. Today, the corporation employs approximately 150,000 people at nearly 200 locations in 36 countries.
             
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John Stewart

General Tire to Sponsor 2009 Mint 400

General Tire Returns as Title Sponsor of the 2009 Mint 400 Desert Race
 
CHARLOTTE, NC – (February 6, 2009) – General Tire will return for the second year as the title sponsor of the General Tire Mint 400 Race when the classic off-road contest thunders out into the Nevada desert on March 28, 2009.
 
The revitalized General Tire Mint 400 will run on the grounds of the old Mint 400 with the start/finish line located in the vicinity of the fireworks stand/plaza on the Moapa Indian Reservation outside of Glendale, NV, near State Route 168 and I-15. Racers will navigate through an arduous 95-mile lap course to the finish line some 16 hours later.  Last year’s Mint 400 took place on one of the original courses south of Las Vegas in an area near Primm, and was won by Trophy Truck drivers Brian Collins of Las Vegas and Chuck Hovey of Oceanside, California.

New this year is an expanded Tech/Contingency Inspection on Friday, March 27, which will cover the entire length of the Fremont Street Experience, as well as the Fremont East Entertainment District. Presented by the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts (SNORE), vehicles will line up for Tech/Contingency Inspection Main Street to Eighth Street under the world-renowned Fremont Street Experience Canopy.
 
In its original hey-day, the Tech/Contingency Inspection attracted as many as 500 cars, and huge crowds to match.  Organizers are predicting a return to those numbers with this year’s expanded event.
 
For 2009, race will again attract a slate of celebrity racers as it did in the original races.  Also on tap are a variety of entertainment events, including a Miss Mint 400 competition.
 
“General Tire is bringing the Mint 400 back to its former glory,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire.  “This race is a perfect showcase for our Grabber® off-road competition tires, and it’s a continuation of General Tire’s triumphant return to desert racing.”
 
General Tire ‘unleashed the fury’ in off-road competitive performance in 2008, scoring a multitude of wins and podium finishes in its inaugural season.  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 (launching 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 targeted annual sales of more than €26.4 billion ($40 billion US) for 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. Today, the corporation employs approximately 150,000 people at nearly 200 locations in 36 countries.
               
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