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.