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Renezeder's Last Ride: Carl Renezeder Retires from Racing

Posted in Events on October 26, 2017
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It’s the end of an era in short-course off-road racing, as Carl Renezeder has officially retired from his full-time career in the sport. In his 19 years as a racer, Renezeder has put together an impressive racing resume, including nine season championships and over 124 wins.

Renezeder’s last official race was the Challenge Cup at Wild Horse Pass Off-Road Track in Chandler, Arizona, over the weekend, campaigning a commemorative gold truck for the weekend. Renezeder fought hard, but had to pull off the track with mechanical issues. While it’s disappointing for Carl not to grab another win or even finish the race, it’s even sadder to see him go.

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Carl says he’s not sure what impact he has left on the racing community, but other drivers know. Many say Renezeder has done a lot to push the sport forward—helping to shape series rules, giving feedback to officials on track builds, and taking sponsorship to the next level. Drivers look up to him. He has set today’s example in short-course racing. To honor his contributions, Carl was given a retirement plaque in a ceremony after the race, accompanied by his wife Kelley (a buggy racer herself). Lucas Oil Products has been Renezeder’s longtime sponsor, so it was only fitting that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series retired his signature #17.

Renezeder has not revealed what his plans are for the future. One thing is for sure—it won’t be the same without “King Carl” and the red, white, and blue #17 Lucas Oil–backed Pro-2 and Pro-4 on the track.

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