8-Time National Champion: Carl Renezeder


8-Time National Champion: Carl Renezeder

(truck and team photos © HighRev Photography)

CHANDLER, AZ (December 12, 2011) – It’s only fitting that the guy who drives with the heart of a champion is not only the winningest driver in the short-course, off-road world, but now has the most national titles of any short-course driver in the history of the sport.  The 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing season hosted Carl Renezeder’s phenomenal run to his eighth championship, where he finished on the podium 14 out of 15 races, with three wins, nine seconds, two thirds and one fourth.

“I’d have to go back and look at the stats, but in all my years of doing this, I don’t think we’ve ever has such consistent finishes in one class,” explained Renezeder.  “We’re incredibly proud of all the podium finishes, but even more so with the fact that we had no DNFs in Pro-4 – that’s a huge accomplishment.”

But even all those stats and the garland of champions’ roses around his neck couldn’t lift the spirits of Renezeder and his team when an amazing second-place finish in his Pro-2 truck in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup was taken away by the officials.  Renezeder, having had a lot of success in his history of Cup races, decided to take a chance in Sunday’s race by choosing his Pro-2 over the quicker lap-times of his Pro-4.

“We had a mechanical failure in the Pro-2 on Saturday early in the race, and I never got a chance to run it hard,” explained Renezeder.  “I just felt like the truck had something left to prove this season.”

He was right.  The truck was flawless throughout the race, giving Renezeder the opportunity to drive his race and cross the finish line in second place after some epic on-track battles.  From a fourth row start, he led the race at one time, held off some hard-charging Pro-4s, worked his way back forward after being spun out mid-race, and then made a phenomenal save on the last lap when he was part of a three-truck collision to come across the line in second.  The collision was reviewed by officials for several minutes while the drivers found their way to victory lane, then the finishing order was announced and television interviews were conducted, with Renezeder being congratulated by CBS, Versus, SPEED and MavTV for his second-place finish.  But before they paraded the drivers up onto the podium, the officials announced a change to the finishing order, black-flagging Renezeder, thus moving him back to a ninth-place finish.

“I honestly don’t understand it,” commented a dejected Renezeder.  “I feel bad for the team – we didn’t deserve to have that taken away from us.”

It’s a tough way to finish out a great season and a great race.  But no one can take away how amazing the truck worked on Sunday and how well Renezeder drove it.  He always drives with calculating skill and finesse, but more importantly, he drives with an overwhelming will to win and the heart to back it up.  He is simply a champion.

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About Carl Renezeder

Birth date: April 16, 1964
Residence: Laguna Beach, CA
Home Town: Montebello, CA
Family: Wife: Kelley; 4 Children

97 Career Short Course Wins (21 in Lucas Oil Off Road Series, 65 in CORR, 10 in WSORR, 1 in RJORGP) (Pro-2 = 45 wins; Pro-4 = 52 wins)

8-time National Champion (LOORRS Pro-4 – 2011; LOORRS U4 – 2009; LOORRS U2 – 2009; CORR Pro-4 – 2003, 2007, 2008; CORR Pro-2 – 2005 & 2006) 

2011: LOORRS Pro-4 Champion with 3 Wins; 2 LOORRS Pro-2 Wins

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 ChampionLOORRS 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 – 4 in Pro-2 and 5 in Pro-4, including the Nissan Nationals; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points

2004: 8 CORR wins – 3 in Pro-2 and 5 in Pro-4, including the Governor’s Cup Championship; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points; 3rd in CORR Pro-2 points

2003: CORR Pro-4 Champion; 8 CORR wins – 3 in Pro-2 and 5 in Pro-4, including the Borg Warner World Championship; 2nd in CORR Pro-2 points

1994-2002: 9 CORR wins (7 in Pro-2; 2 in Pro-4) and multiple podiums in CORR; Won SCORE Baja 1000 (Class 1 – 1994); 2 podium finishes in SCORE Baja 500

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