Events/CompetitionsPress Release

“Ballistic” BJ Baldwin Leads Team GT Into Epic Desert Showdown at Best In The Desert Finale

  • Seven General Tire supported drivers entered in the 2011 TransWest Ford Henderson 250 in Henderson, NV.
  • General Tire’s Grabber tire to be featured on all seven Team GT entries during the event held, December 2-4.  

Ft. Mill, SC – December 1, 2011. In the last race of the 2011 Best In The Desert Series, the TransWest Ford Henderson 250, General Tire’s “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin will lead the way for Team GT in the Trick Truck class. Similar to the showdown at the OK Corral, this year’s championship point’s battle will leave a mark in the American off-road history books as Baldwin sits within striking distance of first place.

Facing the demon’s of the Henderson, NV desert December 2 – 4, Team GT will attempt to chalk up victories in 5 of classes. Baldwin will be joined by fellow Team GT members Rick D. Johnson, Mikey Childress (2006 champion BITD – Open Pro), Jim Riley (2011 BITD winner, Vegas to Reno), Randy Merritt, Jerry Zaiden, and Jason Voss (2008 BITD champion).

“General Tire has taken a very strategic approach to our involvement with the Best In The Desert Series,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “Casey Folks has created America’s premier open desert racing series and to be aligned with such a prestigious series is an honor. We’re proud to be involved as both a sponsor to some of the finest drivers, and as a partner with Lucas Oil Studios to produce captivating TV programming that captures all the action and drama that the desert has to offer. This series will continue to be a focus of ours moving forward.”

Beginning this year, General Tire and Lucas Oil joined forces to bring the ultimate package of desert racing to motorsports enthusiasts when they announced a partnership with Best In The Desert to showcase the entire five-event series on TV. The events have been broadcast on Versus and MavTV with the TransWest Ford Henderson 250 scheduled to air on DATE on NETWORK. Once again, the Lucas Oil Studios will capture all the high-intensity racing action and drama in HD for viewers to feel like they are sitting track-side for the final series showdown.

General Tire is “unleashing the fury” for a fifth season of off-road action with the Grabber competition tire. Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a specially-engineered, competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters. The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37×12.50R17 for Class 8 and Trophy Truck/Trick Truck and 35×12.50R17 for Class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, Stock Mini and Protruck.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire; the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.

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