Desert Racing's Pro-4 and Pro-2 Series Driver Carl Renezeder

2009 Short Course Driver of the Year, Carl Renezeder. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.
2009 Short Course Driver of the Year, Carl Renezeder. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.
What does it take to become Dirtsports' Magazine Driver of the Year 2006 and Short Course Driver of the Year 2009? Well that's what we wanted to know so we went right to the source, Carl Renezeder.
AEM Sponsored racer Carl Renezeder. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.
AEM Sponsored racer Carl Renezeder. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.


Renezeder has been taking home the checkered flag for over 18 years in various desert racing categories. His first major win came in 1994 in the Baja 1000-Class 1 and to date Carl has 92 short track wins under his belt including being able to boast that he is the only driver in history to capture a Pro-4 and Pro-2 championship in the same season. Pretty impressive, right? Carl also tells us that his competitive nature goes all the way back to childhood, playing water polo in high school and in college at UCLA, as well as, a motorcycle hobby he has had since he could drive. So, we wanted to know what got this competitive guy out of the pool and onto the short course desert tracks? "I raced in the desert in Class 1 buggies throughout the 1990's, and then I saw short course racing on Speed in the late 1990's and realized that was my kind of racing. It was a meld of motocross and desert racing; it had the side-by-side competition, and plenty of jumps.
Carl Renezeder was crowned 2006 Dirtsports Magazine Driver of the Year. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.
Carl Renezeder was crowned 2006 Dirtsports Magazine Driver of the Year. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.
I competed in my first short course race in 1999 and the rest is history. I've been hooked ever since." Of course Carl didn't get to that first short course race all by himself. After he bought a Pro-2 in Southern California, he asked Curt LeDuc to prep it and bring it to his first race. Thanks to Curt's help Carl was on his way and didn't look back. Through the 2000's Renezeder won not only dozens of races, but also championships just about every year in several sanctioning bodies like Championship Off Road Racing, World Series Off Road Racing, SCORE International Off Road Racing (including the Baja 1000 events) and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.
Carl Renezeder has over 18 years in desert racing. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.
Carl Renezeder has over 18 years in desert racing. Photos by: Jeff Nemecek.


We all know the dirty, dusty, short course desert conditions can be tough on racing engines so we asked Carl about some of the products he uses. Coincidentally, one of the first products he told us about are his AEM filters. Carl says, "It's a great partnership. We demand a lot from our trucks and our team; that means we demand the best from every product we use on our trucks. The AEM air filters have been fantastic. We know that if we don't have to think twice about something that helps our trucks' performance, then that's one less worry as we head to staging for a race."

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