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Team General Tire's Carl Renezeder Makes History With U2 and U4 Championships

PRIMM, Nev., Nov. 16, 2009 -- Team General Tire's Carl Renezeder made short-course history this weekend, sweeping the Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 championships in the inaugural season of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, and becoming the first ever seven-time national short course champion.

Leading by a scant five points going into the U2 event, Renezeder held off Jeff Ward and Todd LeDuc to secure the championship by just one point. Going into U4 with a 17-point lead over Alan Pflueger, an initial run-in with Adrian Cenni in Turn One damaged Renezeder's truck but knocked Pflueger on his roof, sending the field back for a restart. In the end, Pflueger couldn't overcome the damage, and his DNF gave Renezeder the championship, his third in four wheel drive.

"We are so proud of Carl for his remarkable, history-making wins," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. "What's even more amazing is that this tire was only developed in February of this year, so this championship validates everything we've been working so hard on all season."

"This has just been an amazing year," Renezeder said. "I couldn't have done it without the support from my sponsors, especially General Tire. We ran a new tire in a new series, and took it straight to the top!"

An honorable mention goes to Team GT driver Sean Geiser for taking 2nd place in the Unlimited Buggy class.

The Lucas Oil season concludes with the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup in Lake Elsinore, California on December 11-12.

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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. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, Boost Mobile Tour, Spec Tire of Trophylite and Pro Truck. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including BJ Baldwin, Carl Renezeder, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell, Jason/Rich Voss, Scott Steinberger, Ed "Clyde" Stout, Ted Hunnicutt, Marc Burnett, Kent Kroeker, Mickey Childress, Carey Hart, Josh Merrell, Robby Woods and Sean Geiser.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. ( CTNA, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. With sales exceeding 24 billion euro in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 134,000 at nearly 190 locations in 37 countries.

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