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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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