Team Renezeder – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series – Speedworld Arizona

Frustrating Results for Renezeder in Arizona
LAKE FOREST, CA (May 23, 2012) – It’s difficult to put into words how frustrating the 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing season has been for 8-time champion, Carl Renezeder, and his team.  For a crew that has earned 97 wins in the past 13 seasons (63 of which have been in the last six years), it’s been maddening to put in the same or greater effort with none of the results.  Renezeder finished third in the Pro-2 on Saturday afternoon at Speedworld Raceway Park in Surprise, Arizona, but he was well outside the top five in the other three races, all for distinctly different reasons.
“We had trucks that could win this weekend,” commented Renezeder.  “We’re just not getting the results this team is capable of achieving.”
The team has continued to make progress with suspension set-up and the entire powertrain, and after the Friday afternoon practice and qualifying sessions everyone was feeling confident about being competitive both days.  Things looked to be falling into place in the first race of the weekend – round five for the Pro-4 division – as Renezeder and point leader Kyle LeDuc put on a great show, fighting for the win.  But on the final lap, Renezeder hooked a rut in turn four, biked it hard and wasn’t able to catch it in time.  The truck snapped over, barrel-rolled and landed rubber-side down.  He was able to refire it and finish the race in eighth place, and the team was able to make the necessary repairs for Sunday’s event.
The Pro-2 race on Saturday was the best finish of the weekend, but it was similarly frustrating in the closing laps. Renezeder battled for the lead in the first half of the race, but the second half was littered with yellow flag laps, giving the track more and more time to dry out and harden under the hot Arizona sun.  Renezeder’s truck was set up for different conditions, taking away his ability to fight for the win.  He matched his best result of the season so far with another third-place finish.
Sunday’s weather was set to reach well above the century mark again, but the team was focused on how to get back on top of the box with both of the trucks.  They participated in a two-lap shakedown with both trucks after the roll-over in Pro-4 and after being landed on in the Pro-2 race, and found that all of their repairs were in order.  Renezeder was ready for redemption.
The Pro-4 started out the race flawlessly.  Renezeder was able to put the truck anywhere he wanted and had moved up through the field from ninth to third in just five laps.  But on the sixth lap, contact with teammate Corry Weller put a quick end to his day.  The upper a-arm on the right front corner snapped in half and his day was done.
The final race of the weekend was round six for the Pro-2 division.  On the second green-flag lap the shifter lever broke, leaving Renezeder with just a single gear for the rest of the race – restarts and all.  He raced hard, working his way up to third place, then on lap 14 his day was done when the left rear wheel ripped off the truck in turn four, taking a lot of hardware with it.  There wasn’t much left to say at the end of the weekend.  The team simply got to work on packing up, ready to head home and regroup.
“The trucks are working really well,” concluded Renezeder.  “I’m confident that we’ll get back to victory lane sooner rather thank later this season.  It’s just a matter of making sure we handle everything that’s in our control, then letting the results fall into place.”
The next event for the team will be at the pristine Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, a few miles southwest of Salt Lake City, the weekend of June 23-24.
Summary of results for Carl Renezeder at Speedworld Raceway Park – Surprise, Arizona – May 19-20, 2012:
Pro-2: Rnd 5 – Qualifying: 6th Race: 3rd.  Rnd 6 – no Qualifying; Race: 14th
Pro-4: Rnd 5 – Qualifying: 4th Race: 8th.  Rnd 6 – no Qualifying; Race: 9th
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