LAKE FOREST, CA (May 12, 2011) – Carving out a spot at or near the top of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing championship points standings is a tough enough task in one professional division, but Carl Renezeder – never one to shy away from a challenge – once again finds himself leading the Pro-2 points and second in the Pro-4 standings after round four of the sixteen-race season. The 2009 champion of both divisions, and one of the most prolific drivers in short-course history, is focused on backing up that tremendous feat.
“You’d think that after 12 years of competing in this sport that it would get easier, at least some aspects of it,” explained Renezeder, who has 92 short-course wins and seven national championships in his record book, “but it continues to bring new challenges every race, every season.”
The teams face the technical track at Glen Helen Raceway Park next weekend, May 20-22, for rounds five and six, which will be the first of two visits this season. The tight turns, heavy surface and rhythm sections that make up the .8-mile course will no doubt host some of the best battles of the season among the best short-course drivers in the country. The facility is tucked into the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and is just a short drive from almost anywhere in Southern California, home to thousands of off-road enthusiasts and several of the race teams.
“This is our home track, so of course we want to do well in front of all our family and friends,” commented Renezeder, “but that doesn’t change our game plan. We’re always focused on winning races and performing at our peak.”
The team will load into the facility on Wednesday afternoon, go through tech inspection on Thursday then set up camp, and the trucks will finally hit the track for the first practice session at 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Qualifying will take place Friday afternoon, and racing will follow Saturday’s and Sunday’s 2:00 p.m. opening ceremonies.
(Attached photos courtesy of General Tire)
About Carl Renezeder
Birth date: April 16, 1964
Residence: Laguna Beach, CA
Home Town: Montebello, CA
Family: Wife: Kelley; 4 Children
92 Career Short Course Wins (16 in Lucas Oil Off Road Series, 65 in CORR, 10 in WSORR, 1 in RJORGP)
7-time National Champion (LOORRS U4 – 2009; LOORRS U2 – 2009; CORR Pro-4 – 2003, 2007, 2008; CORR Pro-2 – 2005 & 2006)
2011 to date: Currently 1st in Pro-2 points, 2nd in Pro-4 points
2010: 2nd in LOORRS Pro-2 Unlimited points with 3 wins; 3rd in LOORRS Pro-4 Unlimited points with 2 wins
2009: LOORRS Unlimited 4 Champion; LOORRS Unlimited 2 Champion; 8 Unlimited-4 wins including the inaugural Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Challenge Cup; 3 Unlimited-2 wins; Dirtsports Magazine Short Course Driver of the Year
2008: CORR Pro-4 Champion; 4 CORR Pro-4 wins; 2 CORR Pro-2 wins; 2 WSORR Pro-4×4 wins; 2 WSORR Pro-2WD wins; 1 RJORGP GP4 win; Won Day 2 of SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge
2007: CORR Pro-4 Champion; 8 CORR Pro-4 wins including the Jason Baldwin Memorial Cup; 3rd in CORR Pro-2 points; 7 CORR Pro-2 wins; 3 WSORR Pro4x4 wins including the FCP Chairman’s Cup; 3 WSORR Pro2WD wins; Won 40th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 with Riviera Racing
2006: CORR Pro-2 Champion; 6 CORR Pro-2 wins; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points; 4 CORR Pro-4 wins; Won SCORE Laughlin Leap (159’), Won Day 1, 2nd overall at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge; 3rd in SCORE Las Vegas PRIMM 300; Dirtsports Magazine Driver of the Year
2005: CORR Pro-2 Champion; 9 CORR wins, including the Nissan Nationals in Pro-4; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points
2004: 8 CORR wins; Governor’s Cup Champion; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points; 3rd in CORR Pro-2 points
2003: CORR Pro-4 Champion; 8 CORR wins; Borg Warner World Champion; 2nd in CORR Pro-2 points
1994-2002: 9 CORR wins and multiple podiums in CORR; Won SCORE Baja 1000 (Class 1 – 1994); 2 podium finishes in SCORE Baja 500