Racing is no different from any other sport in the sense that fans notoriously focus on one driver and pull for them throughout the entire season. A few people purposely choose the underdog. But the drivers who are setting the world on fire have the luxury of knowing their name is a household word in the the homes of those avid followers.
Even though Carl Renezeder failed to take the top podium spot during his final race of the season at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, his overall numbers during 2013 speak volumes of the success he and his team experienced
Carl Renezeder's record speaks for itself, and in turn, he is one of such drivers who has earned recognition for an amazing run of success throughout his career. In fact, 2013 has proven spectacular for Carl Renezeder, as he had already cinched the Pro-4 championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series with one event left to go, deeming him the winner of this particular division for nine consecutive seasons.
Renezeder obviously has a winning mindset. And although the series championship was already in the bag prior to rolling into the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, one would suspect that Renezeder was focused on winning the final race of the season. Prize money was on the line, as was the coveted trophy that would go to the winner of the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Race.
Carl Renezeder painted his truck pink prior to the final race of the season in an effort to support Breast Cancer Awareness
But Carl Renezeder likely considered this event even bigger. In preparation for the race, he painted his rig pink, and was eager to promote a cause that affects a staggering number of people on an annual basis. Renezeder and his team would do their part to promote breast cancer awareness.
"Painting the truck was very personal for our team," explained Renezeder. One of our own was diagnosed recently, and is just starting the process of treatment. She has become one of the family during these past couple of years, and this was a way to support her and remind others that early detection is a must.
"I'm not sure it made the race more important to us," shared Carl Renezeder, Instead, it gave us better perspective It only took a quick glance at the truck to remember that there are thousands of people out there fighting a much bigger fight than an off-road race."
Having tested a couple of weeks prior to the event, Renezeder and his team rolled into Lake Elsinore, California with confidence the trucks were dialed in and ready for competition. With a good run would also come a good chance that they could take over the points lead in the Pro-2 class as well.
The fans weren't disappointed when the pro-2 race was deemed underway as Renezeder and two fellow drivers went to battle for the top spot on the podium. Taking the truck into the final turn, with three laps to go, Renezeder had the second place position in his sights. However, mechanical failures ruined his plans, as his brake pedal suddenly went to the floor, sending him to the pits for the remainder of the race.
During the Pro-4 race, fans were likely not surprised upon seeing Renezeder once again near the front of the pack and battling for the win. The competition was fierce till the very end, but he was situated in second place at the waving of the checkered flag.
"It was pretty close!" recalled Renezeder. I drove hard into the last corner of the last lap, but couldn't get the pass on Eric Barron to stick. He drove a great race," he continued." I needed another lap."
Although the final event of the season didn't go as Carl Renezeder and his team had hoped for, their overall success was definitely worth celebrating. "I think the season, as a whole, was memorable," recalled Carl Renezeder. Winning so many Pro-4 races in a row was pretty special."
Now that 2013 is in the books, Carl Renezeder and his crew will be preparing for the next season. When asked the key to future success, he said, "We have to constantly be innovative on these trucks. And with the amazing support from our sponsors, we're able to stay ahead of the curve."
Experience has taught Carl Renezeder that one's engine must run at optimal performance in an array of conditions to ensure consistent success. That in mind, he depends upon K&N products to keep the internal components of his engines running contaminant free.
"K&N is the leader of it's industry, and the quality and strength of its product absolutely contributes to our success," ensured Renezeder. "We've been using their air and oil filters in all of our race trucks, haulers and team vehicles for over 10 years. We know we can rely on K&N products, and that builds confidence."
In retrospect, Carl Renezeder said, "The 2013 season was exhilarating, exhausting, fulfilling, frustrating, thrilling and maddening - everything we've come to expect in short course off-road racing." in reference to 2014 he continued, "Fans can expect the same thing they've always expected from me - the desire to win more championships."