Trophylite & Troy Messer both start 2012 right where they left off

Trophy Lite Driver Troy Messer, 1st Place 2012 BITD Parker 425, General Tire

Hesperia, CA

The General Tire Trophylite Race Series was created to provide an affordable alternative to the high cost of racing. Drivers are pitted against each other in identical vehicles that provide the thrill of competitive racing without the million-dollar price tag. The original R4, four cylinder powered chassis, packs a ton of performance in a compact package. The newly designed R8 and R6 Trophylite are larger and more powerful expanding your racing choices immensely.

Chassis and engine choices are not the only thing expanding in the Trophylite series. For starters, ownership of the company is now in the hands of Rick L. Johnson and Matt Scaroni who each bring many years of spec class racing experience to the management team. Joining Rick and Matt are Craig Malloy, responsible for parts and inventory, Matt Dowland, tech director and Gary Messer who will be the driver’s representative. Trophylite will handle all new truck sales, parts for it’s customers and offer in house prep. Stewart Raceworks, long known for their impeccable craftsmanship, will be constructing and assembling the cars, preparing them for competition and fabricating the spare parts inventory. With help from partners General Tire, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Method Race Wheels, Azunia Tequila and Impact Trophylite will award competitors with a purse totaling $50,000 in prize money during the 2012 season.

Trophylite racers have already completed the first round of racing at the Best in the Desert, Parker 425 held in Parker, Arizona on February 4th. With all the changes to the Trophylite series this year one thing has remained constant, 2011 championship winner Troy Messer’s winning ways. Troy, with help from father Gary, took the win over newcomer Chas Dana. “We had a great run,” said Troy, “We passed a lot of cars and had some clean air ahead of us but still had close racing all day.”  Second place finisher Chas Dana, who shared driving duty with Sean Geiser, contributes his winnings along with the rest of his MGI Racing teammates to Orchard Africa a charity that helps the poor in Africa. “I couldn’t believe how rough it was out there,” said Chas, “Our truck took a heck of a beating but held up just fine. Besides losing a battery due to the pounding we had a great day. We got to race, finish with a second and raised some money for charity so it was good for everyone.”

Trophy Lite Driver Brandon Chas Dana, 3rd Place BITD Parker 425

Third place went to Tyler Denton and Jake Gort.

Trophy Lite Driver Tyler Denton, 2nd Place BITD Parker 425

All in all, eight of the thirteen Trophylite teams that started this brutal race finished as well as Jim Riley and Rick Johnson who brought the recently completed R8 home in good time. “We had an easy time considering how rough it was,” said Jim Riley, “We didn’t even need to use the KC Hilites to light our way but we had then just in case. Rick Johnson gave a great presentation before the race laying out all the changes to the series. Everyone left pumped up for the race and proud to be a member of the Trophylite family.”

Trophy Lite Driver Jim Riley, R8 Trophy Lite, 1st Place BITD Parker 425, Class 6100 Pro

Next stop on the General Tire Trophylite race series is the historic BITD General Tire Mint 400 being held in Las Vegas, Nevada March 23-25th. For more details see

Photography By Brian Binkert & Mike Ingalsbee

2012 General Tire Trophy Lite Race Series

About Trophylite
The General Tire Trophylite Race Series was created to provide an affordable alternative to the high cost of racing. Drivers are pitted against each other in identical vehicles that provide the thrill of competitive offroad racing without the million dollar price tag. All Trophylite race vehicles are precisely constructed to maintain parity and use the finest quality components available.  Trophylite allows you to compete in a fun, fast, race proven vehicle right out of the box. With generous sponsorship from General Tire, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Method Race Wheels, Azunia Tequila and Impact you can cash in on the $50,000 in prize money that is up for grabs during the 2012 season. Visit for more information.


About General Tire
For more than 90 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late- Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, Boost Mobile Tour, Spec Tire of Trophylite and Pro Truck. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Carl Renezeder, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell, Jason/Rich Voss, Scott Steinberger, Ed “Clyde” Stout, Marc Burnett, Kent Kroeker, Mikey Childress, Jim Riley, Carey Hart, Josh Merrell, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Jason Ellis, Robby Woods, Casey Currie, Ryan Hagy and Jeff “Ox” Kargola.

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