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General Tire’s Justin Davis Wins Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year Award

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

General TireFort 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.


“Our hats are off to Justin Davis for his superb 2011 season and well-deserved Rookie of the Year award,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “We’re extremely proud that Justin had zero flats on his General Tire’s in 2011. We look forward to supporting Justin as his career grows and we will continue to provide quality products that will enable him to win many more races, championships and awards.”

“It’s really cool to win the Dirt Sports Rookie of the Year award,” said Davis. “I can’t thank General Tire enough for their support last year. We’re here to win and that’s what we are focused on going into 2012. With sponsors like General Tire supporting us, we should have a good chance at having another great year.”


After moving to Class 1 in 2011, the up-and-comer made a statement loud and clear, he’s here to win. The Chino Hills-native showed poise and tenacity as he drove his Green Army-sponsored, Kroyer-powered EMS-Chevy buggy to a win in the first SCORE race of the year at the Laughlin Desert Challenge. Davis followed that up with two more wins including a win at the prestigious Baja 1000 making him the youngest winner in the races history at just 18. Davis drove the entire grueling race solo, including the notorious San Felipe loop, and not only won the Class 1 title and season championship, but crossed the line in sixth-place overall. An amazing feat for such a young talent.

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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 Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, Boost Mobile Tour, Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Carl Renezeder, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell, Jason/Rich Voss, Marc Burnett, Kent Kroeker, Mikey Childress, Jim Riley, Carey Hart, Josh Merrell, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Jason Ellis, Robby Woods, Casey Currie, Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy, Macrae Glass, CJ Hutchins, Justin Lofton, Garrick Freitas, Randy Merritt, Justin Davis, Colton Udall and Johnny Campbell.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC. ( With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 164,000 employees in 46 countries.

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