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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - February 2009

Posted in News on February 1, 2009
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Rally America Wrapping Up the 2008 Season at Lake Superior Performance Rally
The 2008 Rally America national Championship season ends with a traditional fall classic, the Lake Superior Rally in Michigan's rugged upper peninsula. With fast gravel roads, deep rutted sand, the likelihood of snow, and even a tarmac stage thrown into the mix, the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) is representative of all the elements rally drivers face throughout a rally season!

After surviving some challenges early in the season, Subaru Rally Team USA driver and action sports star Travis Pastrana has secured the Gold Medal at X Games 14, weathered the development of the new 2008 Subaru WRX STi rally car through the second half of the season, and mathematically locked up his championship last month at Rally Colorado.

Even though Travis Pastrana has clinched the top spot, second through fifth place is up for grabs with a 14-point spread among five drivers. It is anyone's rally to see who will take the final two spots on the podium. For more information, visit:

Support The ASA And Win A Sand Limo
If you are a sand fan, you need to be doing your share to help out the American Sand Association any chance you get. They are the people helping keep your favorite sand dunes open to the off-roading public. In an effort to make some money and help the organization continue to fight the good fight they have teamed up with Sand Limo and are holding a giveaway. Head on over to and enter the drawing to win. The final drawing will be held at the 2009 Sand Sports Show on September 20, 2009. A few of the sponsors include Sand Limo Racing, Mendeola, Lazer Star, Sand Tires Unlimited, RedArt Inc., Gibson Performance Exhaust and many more.

Curt Leduc Wins Class At Bilek Racing Silver State 300
Curt LeDuc, driver of the Rockstar/Makita/Kal Gard Lubricants/Toyo Tires Ford F-150 truck, won Class 8000 of the Bilek Racing Silver State 300 this past weekend. With only one event remaining in 2008 in the Best In The Desert off-road racing series, LeDuc's 100-percent win streak means his truck will only have to start the Henderson's Fabtech Desert Classic in December to win the Class 8000 championship. This will be the second consecutive Best In The Desert Class 8000 championship for Team LeDuc and Toyo Tires. Still healing from a broken leg which occurred on Labor Day weekend during a short course race in Crandon; the determined LeDuc, from Cherry Valley, California, drove the first 200 miles of the race. During the second pit stop, he handed his truck over to son, Kyle LeDuc of Beaumont, California, to drive the final 100-miles. Keep up to date on Curt's performance and how his Toyo Tires are holding up at

Even Chrysler Is Getting On The EV Bandwagon
Looks like it's not going to be your grandfather's Chrysler anymore. Chrysler is joining the fray on electric vehicles - a burgeoning market where Chevrolet, Toyota, and Ford already are working either on concept cars or soon-to-be-market-ready vehicles. Chrysler has launched a new division called ENVI to bring electric-drive vehicles and other advanced-propulsion vehicles to market. They say they intend to bring a product to the market within three to five years. It might not beat the Chevy Volt to market (2010 is still the target there) but it's an interesting development and in a sign of the changing times, Toyota has finally announced it will begin manufacturing its hybrid Prius in the United States. The cars will be rolling off the assembly line of a new plant in Mississippi by late 2010 to help meet demand for more fuel efficient vehicles. Many automakers have been hit with slumping SUV and pickup sales as gas prices have hit record highs. If you're ever curious exactly how large the spike in sales of hybrid cars has been in recent years, the Electric Drive Transportation Association has a great chart. In 2000, total hybrid sales were 9,367 and by the end of 2007, sales were over 330,000. For more information, visit:

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