Saturday, May 20, 2006

KUMHO Launches NEW Offroad Racing Tire



Breaking NEWS, Exclusively on Baja Racing News.

KUMHO Tires announces its release of the new CORR Track tire at the San Diego racing weekend, start of the racing season. The new tire, is somewhat like a "blank", created so that the race teams can customize the cuts and siping on their tires to fit and meet track, condition and driver needs. The KUMHO MT is available to the public at their local dealers. As you can see in these EXCLUSIVE photos, the design used on the CORR tracks, the NEW CORR Racing Tire(the second photo) and the one sold directly to the public through retail dealers today KUMHO MT(the first photo), are virtually identical.



Here's the Press release:

KUMHO teams set to rock Championship Off Road Racing
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA… May 8, 2006…Coming off its most successful season in Championship Off Road Racing, KUMHO Tire has taken big steps to ensure that 2006 is even more successful. The 2006 CORR season kicks off May 15 with a media day at Chula Vista, CA, followed by the first race weekend of the season May 19-21, also at Chula Vista.
KUMHO will be back again as the official tire of CORR and is looking to improve on last year’s 22 race wins and 63 podium finishes. A phenomenal finish to the 2005 season in Chula Vista set the table for what should be a big season for the KUMHO-shod teams in 2006.
Back for his fourth straight season on KUMHOs is the ringleader of the Amsoil Lubricants/KUMHO Tires Super Team, Dan “The Flying Dutchman” Vanden Heuvel. In 2005, Vanden Heuvel went to the last race of the season in San Diego sitting fifth in points in the tough PRO2 class. He won both weekend races, overtaking some very big names and finishing second in points.
Moving up from the Sportsman ranks and joining Dan in PRO2 is Mike Oberg, who also drives for the Amsoil Lubricants/KUMHO Tire Super Team. After starting 2005 with some bad luck, Mike was literally and figuratively on fire from the Topeka rounds on. He’ll bring his explosive driving style to the pro ranks, where he will likely be an early season favorite for the Pro Rookie of the Year award.
Chad Hord, driver of the Nissan/KUMHO Boss Snow Plow, will be back again to take another crack at dethroning Jeff Kincaid for the 2006 ProLite crown. Chad visited victory lane six times in 2005 and finished a very close second in the points chase.
Also joining the KUMHO CORR team in 2006 is a giant of a man, both in stature and in off-road racing: El Cajon’s own Scott Douglas. Carrying the Amsoil Lubricants/KUMHO Tire Super Team banner in PRO4, and the Rancho Suspension/KUMHO Tire banner in PRO 2, Douglas will be a serious contender for the sweep of both big horsepower classes. Douglas will also give KUMHO Tire a presence in the desert, campaigning his Ford Explorer in the Best In The Desert racing series. Scott’s Explorer will wear LT315/75R16 Road Venture AT tires--the same tires that consumers can put on their vehicles.Adding to all this excitement is a new state-of-the-art KUMHO tire for CORR competition, the Road Venture MT KL71. “Our guys pulled out all the stops with a killer new design, construction, and compounds,” said Ed Cercek, principal engineer for light truck tires. “The new tire and our driver lineup should make 2006 an exciting season for KUMHO in Championship Off Road Racing.”

CORR RACING RESULTS

Sunday Results

Pro 4 Division:

Carl
Renezeder

Troy Herbst

Josh Baldwin

Larry Noel

Marty Coyne



Pro 2 Division:

Evan Evans

Carl Renezeder

Todd LeDuc

Scott Taylor

Steve Barlow



Pro Lite Division:

Jeff Kincaid

Chad Hord

Kyle LeDuc

Robert Naughton

Mark Oberg



Super Buggy:

Gary Nierop

Corry Heynen

Steve Krieman

Matt Kross

Todd Stemmerman



Single Buggy:

Troy Morgan

Jeff Knupp

Kevin Walsh

Kevin Graves

Vic Bruckman




Saturday Results

Pro 4 Division

Carl Renezeder

Troy Herbst

Josh Baldwin

Curt LeDuc

Marty Coyne



Pro 2 Division:



Todd LeDuc

Steve Barlow

Scott Douglas

Travis Coyne

Andrew Wehe



Pro-Lite Division:




Jeff Kincaid

Chad Hord

Robert Naughton

Rodrigo Ampudia

John Marking



Super Buggy Division:


Steve Krieman

Jeff Elrod

Corry Heynen

Ken Schertzer

Krissy Sullivan





Single Buggy Division:


John Grossini

Jeff Knupp

Kevin Walsh

Kevin Graves

Troy Morgan




Saturday Qualifying Times


PRO 4
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1 - Rick Huseman 56.862
2 - Carl Renezeder +.745
3 - Troy Herbst +1.925
4 - John Greaves +2.124
5 - Curt LeDuc +2.744
6 - Josh Baldwin +2.935
7 - Scott Douglas +2.964
8 - Adrian Cenni +3.548
9 - Marty Coyne +3.620
10 - Dave Christoferson +6.273
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PRO 2
1 - Carl Renezeder 58.225
2 - Josh Baldwin +.001
3 - Scott Douglas +.229
4 - Todd LeDuc +.335
5 - Jerry Welchel +.413
6 - Dan VandenHeuvel +.552
7 - Mike Oberg +.744
8 - Travis Coyne +.975
9 - Kevin Probst +1.123
10 - Scott Taylor +1.199
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PRO LITE
1 - Steve Federico 1:01.203
2 - Kyle LeDuc +.027
3 - Jeff Kincaid +.142
4 - Stacey Pike +.327
5 - Lee O'Donnell +.487
6 - Chad Horde +1.610
7 - Jim Kandell +2.171
8 - Joel Tarquin +2.385
9 - Art Schmitt +2.718
10 - Dan VandenHeuvel Jr. +2.967





Tuesday, May 16, 2006

BFG Announces The New Mud-Terrain KR Tire

Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE!

The NEW BFGoodrich CORR Tire. The tire company launched its new competition version of its highly popular Mud-Terrain T/A off-road tire. The new Mud-Terrain T/A KR tire (size 35x12/50R17) boasts an advanced tread design that is optimal for Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) competition and features the maximum tread width allowed (10.2 inches). The new tire debuted at the track in San Diego yesterday. It will make its racing debut on May 20-21. One of the key attributes of the new Mud-Terrain T/A KR tire is its versatility, which will allow use on both the front and rear axles. The tire features a massive, performance-oriented tread pattern that is designed to be easily customizable depending on temperature, terrain conditions and each driver's needs. The competition tire includes an extermely capable, go-anywhere tread design and technology that gives it the ability to power through the most diffucult terrain and conditions in the world and leave the competition literally eating its dust.BFGoodrich Tires will be partnering with several drivers to compete with the new tire, which will include the reigning Pro-2 Champion Carl Renezeder, 2002 CORR Rookie of the Year, Josh Baldwin and six-time CORR Champion Scott Taylor. "BFGoodrich Tires designed the Mud-Terrain T/A KR tires specifically for the intense conditions of the CORR series", said Todd Steen, Motorsports Marketing Manager for BFGoodrich Tires.Ok, lets talk about the details and some strategy using the new tire. The tire is designed for track competition. Lots of work went into looking at past Mud-Terrain designs and current track challenges. Most importantly, changing track conditions. Heat-cold, Dry-wet and the incredible soil variables. The new KR is using a new compound along with the dynamic-new tread. Teams-racers are being given guidance from the company to cut-sipe the inside treads of the new tire. Not any of the outside tread. So, to customize the tire for conditions, or driver preference, the inside treads will be siped for a custom grip and ride. Baja Racing News.com will follow the first weekend of competiton for the new tire closely and report here.

Today, Josh Baldwin reported he noticed better handling with the new tire, when digging in the turns.

Monday, May 15, 2006

CORR RACING WEEK STARTS!

CORR in San Diego So-Cal This weekend! May 19-21.
Media Day Kicks off 2006 Race Season, Monday May 15 in So-Cal!

Gary Newsome, Baja Racing News

CORR Race Week starts in San Diego, CORR Race season starts BIG! 2005 Pro-2 Champ
Carl Renezeder, Baldwin Racing's Josh Baldwin, Team Red Bull's Steve Barlow, Curt and Kyle Leduc, Monarch Vacations Todd Leduc, Monster Energy Drinks Jerry Whelchell all will talk CORR Racing and the 2006 Season and the Chula Vista/San Diego Track today. There is BIG NEWS from San Diego Today.

Today, Championship Off Road Racing roared back to San Diego!
We have several stories that we'll tell you about.
Exclusively on Baja Racing News!









The NEW KR Tire
Todd Steen & Josh Baldwin




Baja Racing News
EXCLUSIVE!

The
NEW BFGoodrich CORR Tire.

The tire company launched its new competition version of its highly popular Mud-Terrain T/A off-road tire. The new Mud-Terrain T/A KR tire (size 35x12/50R17) boasts an advanced tread design that is optimal for Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) competition and features the maximum tread width allowed (10.2 inches). The new tire debuted at the track in San Diego yesterday. It will make its racing debut on May 20-21.

One of the key attributes of the new Mud-Terrain T/A KR tire is its versatility, which will allow use on both the front and rear axles. The tire features a massive, performance-oriented tread pattern that is designed to be easily cusomizable depending on temperature, terrain conditions and each driver's needs. The competition tire includes an extermely capable, go-anywhere tread design and technology that gives it the ability to power through the most diffucult terrain and conditions in the world and leave the competition literally eating its dust.

BFGoodrich Tires will be partnering with several drivers to compete with the new tire, which will include the reigning Pro-2 Champion Carl Renezeder, 2002 CORR Rookie of the Year, Josh Baldwin and six-time CORR Champion Scott Taylor. "BFGoodrich Tires
designed the Mud-Terrain T/A KR tires specifically for the intense conditions of the CORR series", said Todd Steen, Motorsports Marketing Manager for BFGoodrich Tires.

Ok, lets talk about the details and some strategy using the new tire. The tire is designed for track competition. Lots of work went into looking at past Mud-Terrain designs and current track challenges. Most importantly, changing track conditions. Heat-cold, Dry-wet and the incredible soil variables. The new KR is using a new compound along with the dynamic-new tread. Teams-racers are being given guidance from the company to cut-sipe the inside treads of the new tire. Not any of the outside tread. So, to customize the tire for conditions, or driver preference, the inside treads will be siped for a custom grip and ride.

Baja Racing News
will follow the first weekend of competiton for the new tire closely and report here. Today, Josh Baldwin reported he noticed better handling with the new tire, when digging in the turns.








Rhonda Konitzer is racing a Baldwin owned Pro-2
The NEW Baldwin Racer. Wednesday




It's official. Rhonda Konitzer, a 10 year veteran of off-road racing has joined forces with the Baldwin Racing Team for the 2006 Championship Off-Road Racing season. Rhonda will be in the drivers seat of the Baldwin's 2006 Ford F150 Pro-2. The Kevin Pence built truck is 2 wheel drive with an estimated 800+ horsepower.

Rhonda began her off-road racing career in the Women’s Heavy Metal class at age 16. She then continued on in the Sportsman Stock division finishing 5 out of 6 years in the top 5 in season championship points, and in 2005 moved to the Sportsman-2 division, racing her father Sam’s 2 wheel drive Chevrolet finishing 7 th in year-end points.

Racing for Rhonda has been a family sport. Rhonda has been racing along side her father for the last 10 years, as well as 4 of her cousins. Her father will retire from racing duties and join her in the Baldwin camp as part of the crew.

"I'm thrilled for me and my dad to become part of the Baldwin Racing Program." stated Rhonda. "I'm looking forward to the first race in Chula Vista. I hope my friends, family and fans continue to follow my progress in Pro-2."

Rhonda will compete in all 16 CORR events throughout 2006 in the Pro-2 division. Want more Rhonda?



Carl's NEW Truck.


The 2006 CORR Pro-2 Lucas Oil Nissan Titan


For the 2006 Championship Off-Road season, defending Lucas Oil Pro-2 Series Champion, Carl Renezeder, will campaign a brand new Lucas Oil Nissan In 2005, Carl dethroned Scott Taylor, the king of Pro-2, with four wins and many great races, securing the title before the final race of the season. In an unprecedented move, Carl sold his championship truck and built a brand new Nissan Titan to defend his title in 2006.

The Nissan Titan R&D truck debuted at the end of 2005 with a variety of drivers, including road racing stand out, Boris Said, at the Nissan Nationals. With an engine program developed by Menards Engine Development and Nissan Motorsports and ultimately built by Menards, the team goes into 2006 with high expectations for another title. The engine is based upon the VK56 Nissan Titan production power plant with a production cylinder block, and production cylinder heads and ignition coils. At 5.6 liters (approximately 340 cubic inches), the race version of this motor produces an estimated 715 horsepower and 500 ft. lbs. of torque.

“We’re eagerly looking forward to the 2006 CORR season,” said Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager of Motorsports Marketing and Operations for Nissan. “With Carl Renezeder driving the Nissan Titan in Pro-2, it’s not a matter if we’ll be successful, but rather when. Carl is a proven champion and the Titan Endurance V-8 race engine is more than capable of winning in the CORR series.”

During the off-season, under the leadership of Mike Seat, the crew built the brand new Pro-2 from the ground up.

“I’m so excited about this Nissan program,” explained Carl. “Not only does it lend huge credibility to our program, but it’s a race package that’s going to be ultra competitive. I have total confidence that our Lucas Oil Nissan will back up our ’05 championship season with multiple wins and another championship. I can’t say enough about the support from Ron Stukenberg at Nissan, and Jim Steven’s expertise at Menards. They’re dedicated to this program, and my guys have built an incredible truck. We’re ready to go racing.”

Carl will continue to run in the Pro-4 division as well, where he won a championship in 2003 and the Nissan Nationals in 2005. The first race of the 2006 season will be held in Chula Vista, California (near San Diego) on May 20-21. Television coverage dates on Speed Channel will be announced closer to the start of the season.

Quick stats on Carl:

Birth date: April 16, 1964
Residence: Laguna Beach, CA
Family: Wife: Kelley; 3 Children
Education: UCLA graduate, 1987; All-American Water Polo player
Hobbies: XTERRA triathlon, swimming, cycling, motocross, skiing, snowboarding, surfing

34 Career CORR Wins

2006
Won SCORE Laughlin Leap (159’), Won Day 1, 2nd overall at the SCORE
Laughlin Desert Challenge
2005
CORR Pro-2 Champion; 9 CORR wins, including the Nissan Nationals in Pro-
4; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points
2004
8 CORR wins; Governor’s Cup Champion; 2nd in CORR Pro-4 points; 3rd in
CORR Pro-2 points
2003
CORR Pro-4 Champion; Borg Warner World Champion; 2nd in CORR Pro-2
points
2002
3rd in CORR Pro-4 points; 5th in CORR Pro-2 points
2001
3rd in CORR Pro-2 points; 2 wins; 10 top-three finishes


1994-2000
Multiple top-three finishes in CORR; Won SCORE Baja 1000 (1994); 2
top-three finishes in SCORE Baja 500


San Diego-Chula Vista Track, 2006 CORR Schedule

May 20-21 Chula Vista, CA Rounds 1 & 2 22-23 Chula Vista, CA Rounds 7 & 8
Sept 23-24 Chula Vista, CA Rounds 13 & 14
1-22 Chula Vista, CA Rounds 15 & 16


NISSANS Development Year

"2006 is a developmental year for our team, NISSAN and CORR", said both Carl Renezeder and Ron Stukenberg of NISSAN, at the opening of Media Day, in opening nthe Chula Vista track and the 2006 CORR season in San Diego.

When asked, NISSAN represenatives related that NISSAN is the official Chula Vista International Track sponsor for 2006.

The TITAN that will be raced in the CORR series will be under close scrutiny for engine refinements for the 2008, 4x4 version.

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Championship Off Road Today.

Jim Baldwin told
Baja Racing News today, Championship Off Road Racing would pursue a two weekend schedule inthe Los Angeles area and a two weekend schedule in San Diego for next year.


"Now, that's the goal, whether we are able to find land up there and make it work is another thing", Jim said. "We also have identified some land one mile south of the current Chula Vista location, near Rock Mountain, that may work for us in future years".


Today, Championship Off Road Racing is in Southern California in San Diego/Chula Vista and the fans of the area are stoked. Four weekends in 2006 of hard-core Off Road action, that will be enjoyed by record crowds, Saturday and Sunday. BE THERE!