ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – (June 6, 2009) – “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin took on an arduous desert course to bring home second place in Trophy Truck at the 2009 Tecate Baja 500.
BJ battled fierce competition throughout the race, but finished on the podium to extend an outstanding season for Team General Tire.
“We are absolutely ecstatic about BJ’s podium finish today. It was an extremely difficult course, but this was a crucial race for Team General Tire,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “Being on the podium so consistently this season has solidified General Tire’s place among the best of the desert tires, and we are so proud to have BJ drive under our team colors.”
“This race was totally over the top,” BJ said. “We were neck and neck with some very fierce competitors all day long, but the truck hung on and got us to the podium. We’re thrilled with this finish.”
General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2009, in the second year campaigning its Grabber competition tire. Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a newly-developed competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters. The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35x12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck.
General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire (to be released later this year); the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.
General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.generaltire.com). CTNA, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.generaltire.com). CTNA, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. With sales exceeding €24 billion 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 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.
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