Renezeder Fights To The Front On A Tough Track In Utah

The sheer tenacity of 9 time offroad champion Carl Renezeder was on full display during rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT. Tough track conditions made it especially demanding for competitors, but gave Renezeder an opportunity to entertain the fans with an incredible display of racing skill and competitive drive. The track has a narrow groove that makes it difficult to pass, and the clay in the soil can take on several consistencies. It’s slick when wet, and hardens when it dries; making the ruts unforgiving. Opportunities present themselves when people make mistakes.

Truck set-up is always a gamble when teams show up for the weekend. During qualifying on Saturday morning, the #17 Pro-4 Lucas Oil Products/RC10.com Ford was just a bit off for the track conditions. The team qualified 8th fastest; less than 5 tenths of a second from the quikest time. Starting back in the field during round 5, it did not take long for Carl to start making his way to the front. Gaining several positions in the first laps, he passed three trucks at one time in turn 4. He climbed all the way to second spot where he battled with Doug Mittag. The two drivers went back and forth for several laps. Carl’s truck got progressively tighter, meaning it had more grip in the corners, making it difficult to slide through the turns. His battle with Mittag allowed Kyle LeDuc to run out front unopposed for the win. Carl won the battle with Mittag; finishing on the podium in second. After starting deep in the pack, it was a huge accomplishment for the team.

The TR17 crew had a chance to make changes to the truck overnight, and when qualifying took place on Sunday, they nailed the set-up. As the laps go by, everyone puts in their best effort, so times get faster with each lap. On the final lap of qualifying, Carl was running fastest on the track, and was pushing to earn the additional point for the pole position. Running the engine at the redline, he felt it fall off and then quit, leaving him unable to finish the final lap. He feared it would drop him to dead last on the grid but he wound up 5th fastest. The inversion drawn for the race was a 6, so he would start on the outside of row one, a great reversal of fortune.

Once the green flag dropped on the race, Carl was running on the bumper of pole sitter Rob MacCachren. They ran several laps, sometimes side by side, fighting for the lead. “We were side by side in the corners and never even touched,” says Carl. As he and MacCachren battled for the lead, it allowed Kyle LeDuc to close up on the pair and start poking his nose in there. “In order to take a line that will get you past the truck in front, you leave yourself vulnerable to the guy behind you,” Carl continued, “When I tried to protect the inside against Kyle, my truck got up on two wheels and I had to change my line to recover. It was just enough to allow Kyle to force his way by. As we made our way through the whoops Eric Barron caught up to us. Barron tried to dive in on us and made contact with Kyle. Barron’s truck shot sideways right in front of me, and I couldn’t avoid him. My truck hit him and popped up; landing on top of him. With all four tires off the ground, I was stranded there for many laps, and it resulted in a DNF (did not finish). It was a bummer because we had a very strong truck and were in a great position for the win or another podium finish.” Carl did not get the finish he wanted, but the fans got one heck of a show.

Each round of this final year of racing is bittersweet for Carl. Not only is he at the top of his game, but the outpouring of fan support makes it even harder to say goodbye. The Team Renezeder pit was crowded all weekend as the fans streamed in to get an up-close look at the gold #17 Pro-4 Lucas Oil Products/RC10.com Ford and spend some time with Carl. “It’s difficult enough that I won’t be racing the Lucas Oil Series anymore, but to see the fans choked up, and so sad to see you go, is hard to take,” said Carl, “At the same time, it’s rewarding to have such great fans, and learn how much it means to them.”

Work is already underway for the next rounds of racing on Jul 22 – 23 at  Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. It will be the first time the series visits Wheatland so each team will be starting with no data on the track. “We are testing a new shock set-up with King Shocks,” said Carl, “We don’t know what to expect in Wheatland but will bring our best package to the race and let her rip!” It should be another great show for the fans.

Fans Make Estero Beach Worthwhile For Carl Renezeder

Ensenada, Baja California Mexico — The fans showed up in droves at rounds 3 and 4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series held just south of Ensenada, Baja Mexico at the track in Estero Beach. The fervor of Mexican race fans is legendary. During the SCORE Baja 1000, which Carl won in 2007, fans line the course for nearly the entire length. At Estero Beach, they lined up at Renezeder’s pit to say hello and get an autograph or photo with Carl.

“The fans were phenomenal,” said Renezeder, “They love our team, they love our sport, and they were extremely enthusiastic all weekend. We love going to Mexico and the fans make it that much better.” As this is Renezeder’s final short course racing season, he is concentrating solely on the Pro-4 class. It gives him more time to spend with the fans that he appreciates so much. In addition to the swag handed out by the team, one lucky fan won a #17 Pro-4 Lucas Oil Products/RC10.com Ford remote controlled race car from RC10.

The team had a great time with the fans, but on the track, they struggled. “We missed the set-up just a little bit,” said Renezeder, “We qualified 5th on Saturday which isn’t bad. We have 12 laps, it’s a long race. During the race, the sandy roost was extremely difficult to see through and the track layout made it difficult to pass. We dropped a couple spots and then we went up to 3rd I think; it was back and forth the whole race. We ended up finishing 7th which isn’t good for us. Honestly, the truck just wasn’t as fast as we had hoped it would be at that track. We were just a little bit off.”

On Sunday, they were running in the pack when contact with other trucks caused front end damage that ended their race. “In the pack, it’s really tough back there,” said Renezeder, “it’s difficult to see and hard to navigate through traffic. The sandy surface is really completely different than any other track that we see. We made changes to our set-up for the deep sand that did not pay off but we have a great set-up that worked well for us in Phoenix. We will go back to those settings and after testing will be ready to go in Utah.”

Rounds 5 and 6 on the schedule will be held at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT on Jun 24th and 25th. For more information on Carl and the entire TR17 team go to: http://www.teamrenezeder.com/.
Photography By: Bink Designs

RENEZEDER FAREWELL SEASON KICKS OFF WITH A 2ND AND 1ST PLACE FINISH

Chandler, Arizona (April 26, 2017) – Carl Renezeder shocked the short course world when he announced that 2017 would be his final season of racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. If his competitors thought that would give them the edge, they were wrong. He may be hanging up his helmet at the end of the season, but he hasn’t slowed down at all. He showed up to race for the first two rounds this season at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. He placed second on Saturday and went even faster to take the win on Sunday.

Concentrating on Pro-4, Carl’s goals this season are to have fun, celebrate his fans, and see how fast he can go in his #17 Lucas Oil Products / BFGoodrich Tires truck. He has been a constant fixture on the podium and in championship battles in Pro-4 and Pro-2 for decades. He has 9 championships, (nearly capturing his tenth last season when he finished in a tie for points with Kyle LeDuc) and his victory on Sunday puts his short course win tally at 122. He will be interesting to watch this season since he will be effectively unchained to run as hard as he likes.

“We revised the rear suspension in the off season so we didn’t really know how hard we could push the truck,” said Carl, “We can push it hard; it took everything we threw at it. We are concentrating on Pro-4 this season because I love driving these trucks. Pro-4 is more controlled but aggressive and fast. Our goals are to go fast and have fun. That’s the reason I started racing in the first place. It’s been tough saying goodbye to the fans. Some of them are upset and some even got emotional. It’s nice to see that it means as much to them as it has to me. My wife has plans for some special commemorative memorabilia so it’s going to be a fun year. We had a great time in Chandler and are looking forward to the next rounds in Mexico. The Ensenada track is sandy and long; it’s more of a desert track but I like it!”

You won’t want to miss out on watching Carl race live this season. He will be going flat out this season and pegging the fun meter too. The next two rounds will be held May 20 – 21 at Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Baja Mexico.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Carl Renezeder
Carl Renezeder is an American off-road racer for Team Renezeder Racing. After the first round of the LOORRS 2017 race season, Renezeder has won 122 short course national events while competing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS), Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), and World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR). He has won 9 short course off-road racing championships. Renezeder was also the first driver in short-course off-road racing history to win championships in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive trucks in the same season.

 

New Livery For Carl Renezeder’s Truck

CORONA, Calif. — Carl Renezeder will charge into the battle for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Pro 4 class championship with different team livery.

Gone is the gleaming white that fans have grown used to seeing on the team’s Pro 4 truck. In its place is a sparkling ‘gold’ that is a fitting paint scheme for short-course off-road racing’s winningest driver as he tries to leave his opponents in the dust one final time.

Renezeder, who was 53 on April 16, has earned an unheard of 121 wins, 9 short-course championships, and 8 Challenge Cup wins in 18 years and was the first driver in short-course history to win championships in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive trucks in the same season. He has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2017 campaign.

First, however, he wants to mount a serious championship challenge and make the team’s 850-horsepower, 4,200-pound, 4-wheel drive truck the Gold standard for the seven-weekend, 13-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season that gets underway April 22-23 with “The General Tire Duel in the Desert presented by Optima Batteries” at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, in Chandler, Ariz.

“My Lucas Oil sponsored Pro 4 being campaigned for this final ‘Legacy’ season is in top form,” said Renezeder. “My crew and I have been testing and tuning since the end of last season, and I believe we have finally found the performance and set up that will be hard for the competition to contend with. I am prepared to give my race fans exactly what they expect in my final year of short course racing, a performance that is worthy of the legacy they have grown to follow.”

About Carl Renezeder:

Carl Renezeder is an American off-road racer for Team Renezeder Racing. As of the final round of the 2016 race season, Renezeder has won 121 short course national events while competing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), and World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR). He has won 9 short course off-road racing championships. Renezeder was also the first driver in short-course off-road racing history to win championships in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive trucks in the same season.

About Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

 

Renezeder Announces Retirement

LOORRS 2016 Round 15 & Challenge Cup

Renezeder Hunted At LOORRS Finals

“It’s better to be the hunter than the hunted”- Carl Renezeder. The final round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in 2016 was filled with intensity; especially in the Pro-4 class. After leading the Pro-4 points chase for 13 of 15 rounds of racing, Carl Renezeder was locked into a tooth and nail battle with Kyle LeDuc for the title. Carl and his TR17 crew had set the pace all season, but Kyle LeDuc was stalking him. Coming into the race, the two were tied. Every single point was critical so the slightest details became hugely important. Renezeder started off by grabbing a point for qualifying number one. His lead increased when he led the race at the halfway point. After an intense battle on the track, LeDuc proved he was a worthy adversary by taking the win. Carl finished 2nd by only fractions of a second. After everything was tallied, the two were right back where they started, dead even. To break the tie, they reverted to who had the most wins; giving the title to LeDuc.

“Somebody told me they have never seen anyone lead so many races during the year and not win the title,” said Renezeder, “It was very tough this year. You can’t get any closer than to be tied after 15 rounds of racing. We might not have won our 10th championship but we are very proud of our performance and we gave the fans a great show all year. The fans have been absolutely amazing. The stands have been packed all season and our pits have been surrounded by excited race fans every weekend.”

While the Pro-4 race dominated the show, Carl also ran the fastest lap of the race in his Lucas Oil, BF Goodrich Tires, KMC Wheels, Team Associated, and King Shocks Pro-2. He ran in the lead pack all race and earned another podium with his 3rd place finish. His strong performance moved him up into a podium position in the Pro-2 points chase as well; finishing third in the final standings. “Our performance in the Pro-2 race was very strong,” said Renezeder, “We needed to gain points on McGrath if we were going to finish on the championship podium and we did that. It was a great result for the season, considering we had some mechanical issues to deal with. The TR17 crew did an amazing job.”

Carl and the crew also competed in the Challenge Cup race which many refer to as the “Carnage Cup.” Trying to get the start right with so many trucks on a tight course proved to be the challenge. “When they changed the track, it was shortened from a 45 second track to a 35 second track,” said Renezeder, “We had three re-starts that caused a bunch of pile-ups in the corners. By the time we actually started we had a flat right front tire, a bent tie rod, a bent lower control arm and it turns out a cracked upright; we were broke before we started. I ran a couple laps but had to pull off the track.”

The 2016 season might be over but the work continues for Carl and the crew. They work year round to stay in top shape both physically and mechanically. Carl sticks to a rigid schedule of physical training that includes swimming, mountain biking and weight training. He and the TR17 crew will have a chance to take what they learned this season and develop it through testing in the off season. “We are real happy with our performance but we will be working to make the trucks even faster and more reliable,” says Renezeder, “It’s time to go to work!”

LOORRS 2016 Rounds 13&14

Carl Renezeder showed amazing consistency at rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California. Carl is a rare breed, competing in two separate classes; Pro-2 and Pro-4. That means he runs four heats in a typical weekend of racing. Carl and his amazing TR17crew put in twice the work that most teams do. Two trucks mean two set-ups, two overhauls, and two times the pressure. At Lake Elsinore, 2 was the magic number. In both qualifying sessions for Pro-4, he was second fastest. During racing, Carl was consistently up front; taking second place podiums in three races. Even his worst finish of the weekend was still in the top five, a fourth place. With only a single round of racing left, speed and consistency will be crucial. After 14 rounds of racing, Team Renezeder will be heading to the final race weekend, tied for the Pro-4 points championship.

Renezeder might make it look easy but the reality is far from it. While qualifying in his Pro-2 on Friday, the transmission dipstick came loose causing fluid to leak out and catch fire. Renezeder’s first concern was for the truck. Fortunately it was not damaged. During the Pro-4 race on Friday, he was out front after leading most of the race. He took a wide line through the corner to use the cushion, (the cushion is the dirt that gets pushed to the outside of the corner). “I took a wide line in turn 5 to get some squirt out of the corner,” said Renezeder. “The cushion grabbed me and I got up on the bicycle about as far as you can without going over; I lost two positions. I was able to get back around MacCachren but a caution came out with one lap to go before I could get LeDuc. On the re-start I was right on his bumper. We came to the cones and I went, he hesitated. As soon as I made contact to his bumper and lost my momentum, he took off. I was unable to get back around him; we finished second.” Renezeder had put down three of his fastest laps ever on the track before that caution came out. Sometimes the yellow flag is a blessing; other times a curse.

On Saturday, the first race up for the team would be Pro-4. The race was an incredible show of just how competitive it is in the Pro-4 class. Renezeder, LeDuc, and MacCachren were putting down consistent laps at a blistering pace. Renezeder was precise, running perfect laps over and over again. The top three trucks made no mistakes and left nothing on the table. Renezeder was unable to force his way past LeDuc, he finished second. During the Pro-2 race, the TR17 team had Lucas Oil, BF Goodrich Tires, KMC Wheels, Team Associated, and King Shocks back up on the podium again with their third, 2nd place finish for the weekend.

When the series heads to the final race of the season October 22nd and 23rd at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. It will be a do or die shootout between Renezeder and LeDuc for the Pro-4 Championship. It will be a perfect finale to one of the most hard fought seasons in short course racing.

LOORRS 2016 Rounds 11&12

Rounds  eleven and twelve of the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series were held at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, right outside of Reno.

Saturday’s racing started out with the Renezeder  #17 –  Pro 4 truck on the third row, on the  inside.  By the second or third lap he was in 2nd place behind  Kyle, in the #99 truck.   Renezeder’s  truck  was handling great, and  everything was going really well, when he noticed some alarms on his dash.  Within two short laps the blue light which shows low water pressure, came on, Renezeder had to pull over into the hot pit,  apparently he had a leak in the water line, and was having a  loss of water to the motor.  The crew added some water but the water loss was too great to keep on going.

In the Pro 2 race,  Renezeder didn’t qualify so well,  and started near the back, but during the race Renezeder  made his way up to third place.  ” We had a lot of good battles, had a lot of people banging on my doors but we managed to hold everybody off and ended up getting a podium in Pro 2 – that was great coming from an 8th place starting position,” stated Renezeder.

On Sunday, Renezeder  started on the front row,  on the outside, in his Pro 4.  Fortin had a great start, but after about a lap or two Renezeder got by Fortin, where he led for about 12 laps, then out of the blue on turn four, as he was coming into the turn, Renezeder’s truck suddenly flipped.  When asked what happened, he replied, ” It was the weirdest thing – it was like the Bermuda triangle, same thing happened to Menzies last year  in that corner.  I just don’t  know what happened,  the front end just felt like it folded under.  Usually you can feel the truck before it goes and you can correct it, but in this particular instance it just flipped upside down, quicker than I can even think. ”  That was the end of the Pro 4 for Sunday.  “It was a pretty hard roll, there’s quite a bit of damage to the truck, but fortunately we have 5 weeks before the next race. We lost a lot of points this weekend, but we still left in the lead, fortunately, so we are going to lick our wounds and get back to the drawing board and come out and go for it in the last races of the season for the Championship in Pro 4.”

Renezeder started up front in his Pro 2 for the last race of the weekend. He had a good bunch of laps, running behind MacCachren’s  # 21,  who was running  really strong.   “We were in second place, when a yellow came out,  I could feel the motor tightening up a little, losing a little bit of power,  I started falling back and within a couple of laps, something broke in the motor, not sure  what, but it made a whole lot of noise and I had to pull over.” stated Renezeder,

Renezeder was philosophical about the weekend “It was a tough weekend for us, but it’s not about what you do on your good days it’s about what you do on your bad days, so we’ll recover,” stated Renezeder.