CORONA, Calif. – The number is 112 and counting, and for Carl Renezeder the counting will continue “as long as I’m competitive and I can still enjoy this and it makes sense.”
In other words, the driver with the most wins in the history of short-course off road racing isn’t planning to say farewell to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO any time soon.
“Somebody asked me what it was like to have a 9-race winning streak,” said Renezeder, who won the final two events of 2012 and the first seven this season in the Pro 4 division. “I said right now, like anything else – over 100 wins, 8 championships, all the (Challenge) Cup races, all that kind of stuff – it’s just part of the journey and it probably won’t affect me until I’m done and I look back and say ‘Wow! That was pretty awesome.’
“Right now we’re enjoying the journey and trying to win every race we line up for.”
“We” is Team Renezeder, a close-knit group of family and crew members who have shared the highs and lows of the sport over the past 14-plus seasons since Renezeder turned to short-course racing on a full-time basis after racing a Class 1 car and a Trophy Truck in the desert.
The first season, and the first win, was in a Pro 2 truck in 1999. Renezeder added a Pro 4 in 2000 and recalls that “everybody said I was crazy, there’s no way you can do two, what are you thinking?”
Renezeder won his first Pro 4 race, in Unadilla, N.Y. He parked the Pro 4 in 2001, but returned to it the following season and has been a constant contender for championships in both divisions ever since.
For the record, with eight victories in the current season that resumes this weekend at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nev., the totals are 48 wins in Pro 2 and 64 in Pro 4 (112 total) and 8 championships (including the 2009 Pro 2 and Pro 4 titles and the 2011 Pro 4 crown in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series).
Rob MacCachren, who has raced with and (mostly) against Renezeder over the years, said when the 49-year-old UCLA graduate “got involved in short-course racing he had a huge passion for it and he’s put together a good crew and over all the years he’s tried to put himself with the right people. He knows he needs to do that and he’s had success because of that.”