It was Mark Twain that said writing is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration; he may as well have been referring to motorsport racing. Tireless hours spent in the shop are the only surefire path towards flashes of success on the track. Yet, unlike a script - racing is unpredictable - a hero or a villain on a quirk, and sometimes in the same weekend.
Rounds five and six of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, offered up a mixed bag of thrilling victory and agonizing defeats for Team Renezeder.
Carl Renezeder added win number 89 to his record book, getting it done in the debut race of the team's brand new Pro-4 truck.
And so it was for Carl Renezeder at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for rounds five and six of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. From the weather, to the work, to the results, nothing was predictable or simple. Fortunately for Renezeder, and his crew, there were great results to balance out the not-so-great moments of the weekend. Ultimately though, Renezeder was able to add win number 89 to his record book, doing so in the debut race of the team's brand new Pro-4 truck.
The first win on Saturday had its dramatic moments - most of which occurred off the track. Renezeder literally drove straight from the pit and onto the track for the pace laps. Then, on the final pace lap, the water temp was already too high, forcing Renezeder to dive into hot pit to make sure nothing obvious was wrong. After getting the go-ahead from his crew, he tagged the back of the field as the green flag flew. In true superhero fashion, Renezeder steadily worked his way through the field, got a few lucky breaks, and when the checkers flew, he was the winner.
And, for all the positive things that happened in the Pro-4 race, there seemed to be an equal and opposite bad thing that happened in the Pro-2 race only moments later. The only positive moment of the race for the team was that it eventually ended.
Sunday's Pro-4 race looked like it might be a repeat win for Renezeder, until with only three laps to go, the carburetor acted up. On the final lap the truck gave up the ghost in turn three and Renezeder got t-boned. He was able to get the truck to re-fire quickly and actually finished second.
Sunday's Pro-2 race started bad and ended worse. The truck had the same fuel problem as the Pro-4, but it started on the first lap and never let up. Renezeder didn't so much race to a seventh place finish - he simply ended up there.
"On Sunday night, there was a sense of relief to have the entire weekend behind us, but there was no denying how much fun I had driving that new truck," commented Renezeder. "With so many struggles throughout the weekend, it made those great moments even better. The guys have worked so hard on this new truck, and I was so proud to get to race it to its first win in its first race. This is the best truck I've ever driven, and I'm already looking forward to the race in Utah in a few weeks."
"We're ninety-nine-percent sure we know what caused the overheating issues. However, we won't take anything for granted. We'll go through the issue from every angle and make sure we didn't miss anything and that it doesn't happen again."
The one certainty for the Renezeder crew is their AEM air filter. "We'd never change something that works so great," said Renezeder. "We're also working with AEM Electronics and have put the gauges and a data acquisition package on this truck."
"With all the hours the team has put in the last few months, everyone is looking forward to a four-day holiday weekend to recharge our batteries. Our next focus will be preparing for the race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah in a few weeks. We really need to get the Pro-2 back on the podium, and we'll keep fine-tuning on the new truck. The to-do list continues to grow."
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