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JT Taylor 220x146 JT Taylor Races NORRA Mexican 1000 in Ultra4 CarCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO    APRIL 22, 2012  –  JT Taylor will be taking the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car south of the border to compete in the four day 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race.  This will be the first effort for an Ultra4 car to compete in this style of race.  “This will be my third time participating in this race and taking my car makes it even more special this year,” said JT Taylor. “The roots of Baja racing are part of this race but this effort will be the OG of desert racing.” Read More→

  • Carl Renezeder eyeing his 100th career short-course win in 2012.

270 General Tire's Support of Short Course Racing Runs Deep With Drivers Like Renezeder Fort Mill, SC – March 29, 2012. The 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season kicks off this weekend at Firebird Raceway and General Tire will be there in full-effect. General Tire’s support of short-course racing runs deep, since its inception, General Tire has been a sponsor of LOORRS, and numerous teams. Even recently expanding its efforts into the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series as a contingency sponsor. General Tire is part of the fabric of the sport so their four year partnership with eight-time champion Carl Renezeder is no surprise. Read More→

General Tire Mint 400 Rewind

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
  • Darren Skilton captures Class 3700 win on General Tires.
  • With the help of Mikey Childress, Rick D. Johnson takes first annual pit crew challenge win.
  • Vanessa Golub-Ferrara crowned 2012 Miss Mint.
  • Bureau of Land Management estimated a crowd of over 25,000 spectators.

295 General Tire Mint 400 RewindFort Mill, SC – March 29, 2012. In front of an estimated crowd of over 25,000 fans, Team GT took to the south Las Vegas desert for the 2012 General Tire Mint 400 over the weekend. The weekend kicked off with the first annual pit crew competition won by none other than Team GT member Rick D. Johnson. With the help of Mikey Childress, Johnson posted a time of just under one minute to beat out General Tire team member Jason Voss for the win. The following night, General Tire helped crown 2012 Miss Mint winner, Vanessa Golub-Ferrara. A fantastic start to the weekend which saw a harsh desert claim many victims throughout the 400-mile race. Read More→

  • Davis also nominated for Dirt Sports 2011 Driver of the Year award.

283 General Tires Justin Davis Wins Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year AwardFort Mill, SC – March 6, 2012. The 2011 off-road season boasted some incredible racing and General Tire‘s Justin Davis certainly contributed to those moments. Davis’ stand-out performances in the SCORE series have garnered him the distinction of being named Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year for 2011. The 18-year-old Davis was also nominated for the Dirt Sports Driver of the Year award. The youngster joins General Tire‘s Carl Renezeder as a recipient of the annual Dirt Sports awards. Read More→

General Tire is sole tire manufacturer offering a cash contingency award for the 2012 regional season

Fort Mill, SC – February 27, 2012. General Tire has been named a contingency sponsor for the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series beginning in 2012. General Tire will be the only tire manufacturer offering a cash contingency award for the regional series who will host races in California and Arizona. General Tire‘s support of the series is in an effort to help foster up-and-coming talent in off-road short course racing. Read More→

  • Mikey Childress places third in class and sixth overall.

  • Macrae Glass captures first 2012 class win for General Tire.

277 General Tire Kicks Off Best In The Desert Series Atop the Podium at 'Parker 425'Fort Mill, SC – February 7, 2012. The Best In The Desert (BITD) Series kicked off at the “Parker 425” over the weekend in Parker, Arizona and Team GT started the 2012 season off on the right foot. Following a 12th-place qualifying effort, Mikey Childress fought through a course that over time; became rougher and tougher to navigate. The California-native worked his way through traffic to finish third in class 1 and sixth overall with a time of 7:37:51. A solid start to the season for the Team GT veteran. Read More→

Darren Skilton Pushed to the Finish Line at Dakar Rally

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
  • After battling an array of issues, Skilton’s team literally pushed him onto the podium to claim his second-place finish.
  • Skilton’s second-place finish in OP1 in limbo while the world waits for a ruling on a technical infraction by the first-place finisher.

Fort Mill, SC – January 24, 2012. The historic Dakar Rally is not for the faint of heart and veteran driver Darren Skilton, along with navigator Skyler Gambrell, pushed the limits in what some are calling the most difficult course since the race moved to South America in 2009.  The General Tire-sponsored team endured more than 5,590 miles of silt beds, mile high dunes, treacherous mountains, inclement weather and mental exhaustion on their way to a second-place finish.  Just one of 72 teams to finish the race that 171 teams started. This marks the second year running that Skilton finished the grueling pan-American adventure. Read More→

e1326040289 Darren Skilton Earns a Well Deserved Break at Mid Point of 2012 Dakar Rally After days of battling fuel deliver issues that would send most competitors packing, Darren Skilton is finally finding his stride at the 2012 Dakar Rally.  The Stage 7 loop starting and ending in Copiapo covered 417 kilometers with the most sand dunes to date.  Competitors have been dropping out at a rapid rate and Dakar veteran Skilton new that he must merely survive Special Stage 7 in order to ensure the chance of a strong finish at the rally.  This is a scenario that is not foreign to the 17-year racing resident, who is taking part in his ninth Dakar Rally.  Last year the Long Beach resident won the Open Production 2 class in a General Tire-shod Ford Raptor. Read More→
e1325913196 Dakar Rally 2012  After Five Stages in Argentina Darren Skilton Crosses the Andes into ChileOn the road to Chilecito on Wednesday, Darren Skilton had to battle for every kilometer on Stage 4 of the Dakar Rally. “The frustrating part is that I know my car is very competitive,” Skilton explained.  “I am so anxious to get this fuel issue resolved so I can really show what the Revolution VI is capable of.”  What started as a bid for a top ten finish has turned into a fight just to survive each stage.  When running properly, Skilton has demonstrated that both he and his General Tire-shod buggy are very fast.  The team finished the special in 8 hours and 33 minutes, and then had to navigate to the bivouac in the dark on a narrow shelf road clinging to the side of a cliff through the Andes.  “The Baja Designs HID lights on the front of the car are incredibly bright and tough as nails,” Skilton reported.  “Visibility is one thing that I never have to concern myself with.”
e1325538366 Darren Skilton Finishes One Second Behind Nasser Al Attiyah On First Stage of Dakar RallyDakar Rally has typically started with WRC-style gravel roads since moving to South America, but this year the ASO course designers headed straight for the coastal dunes at Necochea for a 57 kilometer special stage to start the 2012 rally.  Darren Skilton finished just one second behind 2010 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah and 9:51 behind the lead car when the times were tallied.  “To be honest the size of the dunes took me by surprise,” Skilton admitted.  “Skyler (Gambrell- Skilton’s navigator) and I just aired down the General Grabbers and had no problems staying on top of the sand.”  Then with the long liaison Skilton aired the Grabbers back up and made his way to Santa Rosa de la Pampa in comfort. Read More→
e1325302929 Darren Skilton Looks For Back To Back Victories For General Tire In His Return To The Legendary Dakar RallyDarren Skilton has an addiction with Dakar that began over a decade ago.  Since that time he has become the United States representative for the race’s sanctioning body (ASO) and returned to the rally in a myriad of capacities including navigator, support driver, mechanic, and racer.  Last year Skilton and journalist Sue Mead won the Open Production class in a Ford Raptor shod with production General Grabber tires, but this year Skilton is looking to up the ante by jumping into the deep end of the pool, taking on heavy hitters such as Robby Gordon.  “Volkswagen’s departure from the rally really opens up the field to privateers like myself,” Skilton commented.  “I have a competitive car that has just been sitting and waiting for the right opportunity.  That opportunity has arrived.”   Read More→
  • General Tire partners with Baja Automotive for the December 29, 2011 – January 15, 2012 Dakar Rally.
  • Darren Skilton, Joaquin De Uriarte and Mark McMillin to pilot the entries.
  • All three entries will race on General’s Grabber tire across the rugged and unpredictable race course.

271 General Tire to Sponsor Three Entries for the 2012 Dakar Rally, Looking to Repeat 2011 Win

Fort Mill, SC – (December 21, 2011) General Tire is pleased to announce their partnership with Baja Automotive to sponsor three entries in the 2012 Dakar Rally. The event begins December 29, 2011 in Mar de Plata, Argentina and finishes January 15, 2012 in Lima, Peru, a pan-American adventure of more than 5,590 miles (or 9,000 kilometers). Darren Skilton will pilot an Unlimited car in the Open Production 1 (OP1) class while Joaquin De Uriarte and Mark McMillin will pilot a Raptor and JeepSpeed in the Open Production 2 (OP2) class respectively. Dakar is one of the world’s great adventures and a true test of the human spirit. This is simply the ultimate event that the General Tire Grabber has been designed and built for. Read More→