FORT MILL, S.C., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Freestyle MX rider and MX Baja racer Jeff "Ox" Kargola, in his first foray into off-road competition, will debut the new General Tire Grabber street tire in the Superlite Class during the upcoming Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) weekend at Glen Helen August 7th and 8th. Born from the Baja, tamed for the streets, the General Grabber is the ultimate contender for the intense, adrenaline-pumping, door-to-door action of short-course racing.
While new to off-road racing trucks, Ox is no stranger to racing -- or to winning. Ox placed second at the 2010 Baja 500 in Class 22, took first place at the 2010 San Felipe 250 in Class 22, was a silver medalist at the Winter X Games for "Best Trick," was a WFA Big Air Points Champ and was the first person to complete a "Superman Seat-Grab Back Flip." And that's just recently -- Ox has been chalking up extreme wins and titles since 2001.
"Ox is definitely a natural born athlete. We were impressed with his performance during the testing of the tire on the Superlite trucks, and I am confident he will do well at Glen Helen," said Dana Zamalloa, manager of PR and communications, General Tire. "Ox is one of the personalities featured in our Grabber advertising, and we are excited to see him race on the same tires he uses on his Toyota Tundra!"
Born from the Baja, Tamed for the Streets
General's race-winning Grabber Competition tire has proven to be a champion of the desert, so General brought this advanced technology to every-day use with its new extreme-traction tire for the street and for off-road, the General Grabber. Ox plans to add the 2010 LOORRS events to his list of impressive victories with this cutting-edge tire, tuned for ultra-high performance.
"Our new General Grabber is the perfect tire for off-road enthusiasts who take their trucks on- and off-road," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. "It's specially engineered to take on the rigors of off-road competition, while still maintaining road manners and a comfortable ride."
A tough 3-ply reinforced-body construction and a race-proven chip- and tear-resistant Duragen tread compound stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions with the General Grabber. General Tire's Duragen technologies consist of ultra-high strength steel belts and a new 3-ply casing. The steel belts in one Grabber tire are strong enough to lift a trophy truck, and the ultra-durable micro-fiber 3-ply casing makes the Grabber the strongest General tire ever produced, and the ultimate tire to make dust soar at the 2010 LOORRS.
For more than 90 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late- Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, Boost Mobile FreestyleMx.com Tour, Spec Tire of Trophylite and Pro Truck. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including BJ Baldwin, Carl Renezeder, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell, Jason/Rich Voss, Scott Steinberger, Ed "Clyde" Stout, Ted Hunnicutt, Marc Burnett, Kent Kroeker, Mikey Childress, Carey Hart, Josh Merrell, Robby Woods and Jeff "Ox" Kargola.
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SOURCE General Tire