Carey Hart of Rockstar Hart & Huntington PMG Racing breaks through Short Course Racing
Rounds 1 & 2 of the LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD RACING Series
PRIMM NV April 4th and 5th
Premiere Motorsports Group, also known as PMG Racing, debuted a new Unlimited 2 Chevrolet driven by Action Sport Star and Las Vegas business mogul, Carey Hart. The first round of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing took place in Primm Nevada and the Rockstar Hart and Huntington Team backing Carey Hart was front and center with an impressive effort.
Months of preparation and a huge effort spearheaded by Ryan Busnardo of the PMG Organization, ensured that all of the elements were in place to successfully pull off the weekend in style. “This is Carey’s 1st weekend racing with 900HP Offroad Trucks. He had a good amount of seat time last week and we were able to try out the new General Tires & KMC Wheels. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I have assembled a great crew of people to get the job done.” An army of 40 dedicated crew members and over 30 additional supporters plus friends were on hand and in uniform to present the best looking team in short course racing. It was not all about looks as the Rockstar Hart and Huntington Short Course Specialist’s captured 3 top podium finishes and nearly secured a dominating 1st place finish.
For Carey the weekend started out rocky and uncertain. The opportunity on Friday to practice for some last minute seat time completely diminished as freezing 50mph winds and wicked dust shut the track down late in the afternoon. Lucas Oil Officials designated Saturday morning for a 1 lap warm up and than straight into a qualifying run. At this point, Carey had run approximately 12 laps over two practice sessions. Carey following only one other truck onto the track eases into a comfortable pace. Several laps pass by and all though the track is very wet and soupy, everything appears to be going well with out a problem. Jamming down the front stretch, Carey launches the #46 Chevrolet off the finish line jump. The truck gets crossed up and lands pointed towards the outside wall. Hart struggling to get it straight with a great effort but the heavy trucks follows the trajectory path, right nose into wall and bounces back around, full 360 rotation. The truck stalled out and un-burnt fuel & fumes ignited, causing a small exhaust fire right in front view of the grandstands.
PMG Crew members spot the fire and warn Carey as track workers rush over to assess and resolve the volatile situation. The fire burnt out almost right away and Carey was able to start the truck up, so the PMG Crew Chief, Scott Mckinney recommended Carey finish the qualifying lap to see how the truck feels and bring it back to the pits.
Saturdays Unlimited 2 Race began with Carey starting from the last row. Still feeling out the track as well as the truck, Carey ran a very conservative pace. Feeling the adrenaline Hart engaged into a race with Gene Woods in the #20 truck. The high was soon diluted when the #46 over rotated and ended up rolling deep inside a corner. Carey was up righted and attempted to continue but soon pulled off and watched the race from his driver seat. “I was coming in hot and got to far inside. With all the forward momentum, I went over. After my race was over I was able to see and learn how the other drivers were setting up for the corners. With more seat time, I’ll get more consistent. I really learned a lot today.”
The entire Rockstar Hart and Huntington / PMG Racing presence attracted the eyes of fans, competitors, and participants from all angles. The wheel to wheel racing in 4 different divisions, the iconic drivers of the class, the colorful and slick looking vehicle wraps, podium celebrations with the hottest Rockstar Umbrella Girls, PMG had it going on all weekend. Carey hosted autograph signing sessions, took pictures with fans, and made some new friends in the pits. Hart and Huntington PMG Racing supplied all sorts of merchandise and soft goods for sale and giveaways.
The media attention and exposure gained, makes each highlight so much sweeter. Carey Hart worked side by side during a formal interview with Cameron Steele, Ken Stone and Carl Redezeder that will soon air on SPEED TV’’s Broadcast. You can catch the first of 30 HD Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Episodes on May 2nd. Carey revealed his enthusiasm about the new series and his part with Premiere Motorsports Group “It’s a battle out there and I love every minute of it.” Over this last week Carey has embarked on a small media tour hitting up Chelsea Lately, People Magazine and several popular radio stations in Las Angles, Las Vegas and XM Satellite Radio Programs, including The Jason Ellis Show where the truck racing was a hit topic.
Carey went on to prove that he will soon have adequate experience to perform and compete at a high level. After Saturdays struggles, Carey found a groove on Sunday battling up to two 7th place finishes and even beating out Carl Redezeder in a Unlimited 4 Truck during the 2/4/ Unlimited Combo Race. Back in the pits Carey was thrilled to have finished both events. “I love getting into the thick of it. Mud flying, bumper to bumper, it’s intense. Fun, just like motocross!”
Premiere Motorsports Group (PMG) is a company comprised of well-established entrepreneurs with a clear vision of the limitless future of Short Course Off Road Racing. PMG Racings accomplished weekend is the product of numerous individuals and the support of strong companies brought together to create this offroad racing powerhouse. Team Leader, Ryan Busnardo expressed his commitment to operate his program with the highest level of professionalism and to strive for performance driven results. “I want to do what it takes to win every time. We have lots of testing and seat time running laps. We will be out here dialing in the trucks and drivers till it becomes second nature.” The brands like Rockstar Energy, Hart & Huntington, Geico Powersports, Liquid Graphics, Honda of Santa Ana, Fantasyoff-roadracing.com, Simpson, and Chronic Tacos will ensure a number of achievements & results throughout the 2009 season. Additional support from KMC Wheels, JSTAR Motors, National Concrete Cutting, Century Collusion Center, NRGX, Screen Works, Corona Millworks Racing, FNTech, Blurred Motion, Bully Dog Technologies, compounds the level of accomplishment Premiere Motorsports Group has already attained.
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