Team General Tire Signs Carey Hart for Short-Course Off-Road Racing Events

CHARLOTTE, April 1, 2009 (Motor Sports Newswire) – Motocross legend Carey Hart of PMG Racing is joining Team General Tire to race in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.  Hart will debut under Team General Tire in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series April 4 – 5 at the Primm Valley Motorsports Complex, Primm, NV.  He will compete in the Unlimited 2 class on General Tire’s Grabber competition tires in size 35×12.50R17.

“We are pumped to have Carey joining Team General Tire for the upcoming short course season,” said Dana Zamalloa, PR and communications manager, General Tire.  “Carey has an aggressive driving style and ambitious personality; he is a perfect fit for team GT. We are building an incredible off-road team for 2009 and we are excited to have him onboard.”

Hart began his career as an amateur motocross racer as a teen, and since then, his list of accomplishments has continued to grow.  Aside from his many wins, he performed the first-ever full back-flip, dubbed the “Hart Attack,” on a 250cc bike at the 2000 Gravity Games. More recently, Hart has opened a chain of successful tattoo shops and has become a television personality.

“I’m really looking forward to conquering another aspect of racing.  Racing is my passion and short course is the next logical step in my career.” Hart said.

General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2009, with the new Grabber Short Course tire the Grabber SC.  Designed in size 35×12.50R17 for Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 drivers. 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 short course tire is the sister tire to the Grabber desert tire designed in size 37×12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35×12.50R17 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.

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