Carl Renezeder and his crew pulled into Chandler, Arizona with an eagerness to get the 2013 season underway. A veteran in the LOORS series, the driver had an idea of what it would take to pull off a win at the Firebird International Raceway. In fact, his expectations were high.
In spite of mechanical issues, Carl Renezeder took a win during his first Pro-4 class race of the 2013 season.
“We had a lot of confidence going into the first event of the season, after a positive end to last year - winning five of the seven races, including the Challenge Cup race from a 22nd starting position,” he recalled. “ We built on that during the off season, testing and fine-tuning our trucks throughout the winter.
Carl Renezeder started the 2013 LOORS season off with a bang at the Firebird International Raceway at Chandler, Arizona.
“I’m surrounded by a great team, he continued, “my crew, sponsors, family and fans, and I continue to be a student of this sport. Staying ahead of the innovation curve and being diligent about the small things both contribute to this team’s success as well.”
Getting in two practice sessions on the day prior to the race, it quickly became clear that the truck was fast right off of the trailer. With a little fine tuning as the track conditions changed throughout the event, Renezeder and his team would likely see their share of success.
After qualifying second quickest in the Pro-4 class, the driver didn’t waste any time when the waving of the green flag deemed the race underway. However, debris took out a rear brake line early in the event. But that was no indication that Renezeder had any intentions of doing anything but winning. In spite of the mechanical malfunction, he took the lead with three laps to go, starting the season off with a victory.
With a stellar start to the 2013 season, Carl Renezeder is looking forward to continuing his winning streak.
Qualifying fourth in the qualifying round of the Pro-2 class, Renezeder’s start of the race was not as hoped for, as he slid back into the sixth spot during the opening lap. But again, let up was not in the driver’s vocabulary. By lap 12, he had managed to muscle his way back to behind the lead driver, a position he managed to hold until crossing the finish line.
Returning the next and final day of the event, Carl Renezeder was eager to continue his winning streak. With a few minor modifications here and there and a functional breaking system, the driver was on the road to another win in the Pro-4 division.
Lining up for the Pro-2 race, Renezeder embarked upon a battle unsurpassed. Starting in the fourth position, he began working his way toward the lead driver. Anticipation filled the stands as he had reached the second place position by lap seven and was closing in on the leader.
The fans were getting their money’s worth, as the two drivers were making flawless decisions for the next several laps. An opportunity finally reared its head in lap sixteen, providing a chance for Carl Renezeder to take the lead. The driver managed to hold the position, earning him the checkered flag, and his third win of the weekend.
When asked if starting the season off with a victory would have a bearing on the remainder of the year, the driver was quick to answer. “Absolutely,” he ensured. “We started last season off with one of the worst weekends we’d ever had, and spent the rest of the year trying to make it up. We kicked off this year as the points leader in both divisions, and more importantly, proving to ourselves that we can battle for a win every single round.
“More than anything, I was proud of my team,” shared Renezeder. “They proved that their dedication, optimism and hard work during the off-season were worthwhile.”
With a great start to the 2013 season under his belt, Carl Renezeder is looking forward to what lie in store. As a veteran of the sport, he is perfectly aware that keeping his rigs in tip-top condition will prove of greatest importance. That in mind, Renezeder will strive to keep the internal components of his engines contaminant free.
“Without maintenance, you’re setting yourself up for failure,” ensured the driver. Referring to his filtering needs, he continued, “We use K&N air and oil filters on our race trucks and all of our support vehicles."
“I’ve always been a fan of companies that test and prove their products in the harsh conditions of racing and K&N has always been a leader in that way. They’ve been in my equipment for over ten years of my career. I’m proud to get to use K&N products. They are a leader of their industry.”
Looking back at the first race of the 2013 season, Carl Renezeder said, “There’s nothing like the experience of a great battle on the track. But I think my favorite memory of the event was after it was all over - standing around with my family and crew, talking about all the great moments of the weekend. We’ve learned over the years to really appreciate the journey.”
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