The Hart and Huntington Off Road Team arrived to Firebird Raceway earlier this week with a whole new look and attitude. The crew and drivers are fired up with totally new ambition and Premiere Motorsports Group is representing eBay Motors and MAVTV with a sharp looking red, white and black livery.
It has been an extensive undertaking to date to get the team to this point. For example the new ProLite program, which has required a full month of 18 hour days just to make it out to the season opener, is now race ready after turning the first laps this afternoon. Due to some last minute adjustments, Ryan Beat, driver of the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group / Black Rhino ProLite missed practice and the qualifying session in the new truck. However; he was allowed to make a few hot laps and it appears the truck will be tuned and ready for Saturday’s Round 1.
For Ryan, this weekend will mark a milestone in his professional racing career. Ryan Beat has been appointed as the fill-in driver for Carey Hart in the #46 PRO-4. This decision has revealed to be a solid strategy as Beat qualified the eBay Motors MAVTV Truck 2.5 seconds off the leader and 8th fastest in short course racing’s top division. Ryan has only turned 3 laps in today’s practice and than the qualifying session is the extent of his seat time in this vehicle. He is already proclaiming his confidence and ability to race competitively.
Josh Merrell ended 2011 on a high note and began his 2012 truck preparation with a brief track test at Lake Elsinore. Coming into this race weekend the confidence is thick. Unfortunately the #22 MAVTV / eBay Motors Hart and Huntington PRO-4 struggled to get around Firebird’s 5 turn track. Merrell muscled his truck around with determination and earned the 9th fastest qualifying time. A front braking issue has been addressed, Todd T. from Fox Shoxs came buy to further dial the truck setup and a new tire groove has been implemented on the General Tires. These changes should better Merrell’s ability to control the truck in and out of the corners and push Josh towards the podium.
Friday practice and qualifying sessions are now finished. Round 1 of the 2012 season is only one nights sleep away. One nights sleep is something that most people in the Lucas Oil Off Road paddock wish they had a few more of. For now the Hart and Huntington Off Road Drivers can sleep easy knowing they will start side by side during the PRO-4 Race.
Tune into Hart and Huntington Off Road YouTube page for regular updates throughout the weekend and you can also follow the live timing and scoring on www.LucasOilOffRoad.com
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series from Firebird International Raceway would like to invite all kids to come and join in all the fun racing action! Children 5 and under are free and the first 1000 kids will receive free Hot Wheels toys! For more information go to lucasoiloffroad.com
Melbourne, VIC (28th March, 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team have signed 2 new names for the 2012 MX Nationals series as well as plans to support 2 of our 2011 SX team members for the SX series only.
We are pleased to confirm that we have signed long term Hart and Huntington athlete Daniel McCoy for the 2012 season. Coming off an exceptional 2011 Super X series finishing 3rd overall, Daniel is keen to put some good results on the board in the MX1 class starting this weekend in Conondale QLD.
Riding in the MX2 class is Lewis woods, another long term Hart and Huntington athlete. For 2012 Lewi has chosen to step back into the MX2 class and chase a championship in both the MX Nationals and Supercross series.
We are proud to announce the following partnerships for the 2012 Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team. Suzuki RM-Z as the weapon of choice. Shell Oils & Kalguard Lubricants, Contour helmet cameras, SHIFT ride gear, FOX helmets and boots and Pirelli tyres.
The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team heads to Conondale, QLD Sunday April 1st for the first round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals keen and ready to take down a win.
To stay up to date on all Hart and Huntington / Insure My Ride Racing news, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/hartandhuntingtonaustralia on Twitter @HandH_Australia and for video updates on our YouTube channel you can find us at youtube.com/hartandhuntingtonaus
Premiere Motorsports Group has a new refocused determination for the 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Season. As Hart and Huntington Off Road enters the 4th year of the premiere short course series, the Super Team status has been refined to a spotlighted three truck team. Josh Merrell will lead in the #22 MAV TV: American Real PRO-4, Carey Hart will run a second PRO-4 in the eBay Motors #46 Truck, and Ryan Beat will run the #51 ProLite for his first full season.
Ryan Busnardo, Premiere Motorsports Group Team Leader commented, “This year, It is all business. We have installed a crew that wants to be here and everyone is serious about winning races. We are running the big three pro classes only and we intend to run these programs at the top level. We have eliminated all the distractions. We are here to rock. We are here to win.”
Josh Merrell will continue to run PMGs flagship truck, the same machine that put him on the podium in the last 3 out of 4 races entered. The MAV TV: American Real PRO-4 has gone through meticulous preparation including total teardown, and rebuild. Master Technician, Tommy Orduno has cleaned, replaced, improved or upgraded every component including paying special attention to safety and ease of maintenance. The truck is ready for a full season.
”With the new truck, I was just getting warmed up last year,” stated Josh Merrell. “I am really excited to start the 2012 season with a fresh outlook. I have been training hard and I am prepared physically and mentally. I am ready, the truck is ready and we are headed out testing to get into race mode. Confidence and determination are going to be key factors in my program. See more of Josh Merrell on the Hart and Huntington Off Road Youtube Page.
The Hart and Huntington Off Road PRO-4 effort will be doubled with Carey Hart piloting the #46 eBay Motors Truck. Having a team mate working together through the field should prove a real advantage for the Hart and Huntington Team. The strategy works well for others and more teams have partnered up.
Ryan Beat will drive the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group ProLite. This program will be powered by a Nogrady built 5.9 Litre Dodge Motor. “We are going for results and this package is very reliable.” Ryan went on to explain, “ProLite is where I wanted to be for a long time. I finally started this build just over a year ago. We started out with a JimCO Chassis and I brought it to Robby Woods. He spent a few weeks re-designing on the computer and from there we put flame to metal. We feel like the truck is now much better suited for my driving style. This ProLite has the best of everything including General Tires, Method Wheels, and Fox Racing Shoxs. Even though the ProLite field is stronger and bigger than ever, I am confident in myself as a driver. I Know I have the ability and the equipment, and Premiere Motorsports Group is there for support. I am looking forward to getting this truck out on the track and fighting for podium all season long.” See more of Ryan Beat on the Hart and Huntington Off Road Youtube Page.
Partnerships and branding opportunities are still available including Presenting Sponsors on both the PRO-4 Trucks and Title Rights to the ProLite is also open. Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities, please contact Ryan Busnardo for more information.
Premiere Motorsports Group and the Hart and Huntington Off Road Team is extremely proud to grow with the Lucas Oil Off Road Series as an essential attraction. The nature of short course racing and the ability to grow the sport depends on action and entertainment value. Hart and Huntington’s reach goes far beyond your average action sport brands and spreads into multiple pockets. All season long you can expect viral media spreading before, during, and after the 16 LOORRS Events throughout the 2012 season.
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will host Rounds 1&2 at Firebird International Raceway just outside of Phoenix, AZ on March 31 – April 1st 2012. For more information go to www.lucasoiloffroad.com.
Hart and Huntington is much more than a brand, it’s a LIFESTYLE defined by three words: Ink, Rock, Moto.
For the first time ever, viewers will be taken on a behind the scenes ride into this lifestyle with Hart and Huntington’s new Network A series, appropriately titled, INK ROCK MOTO. Carey Hart and the rest of the Hart and Huntington crew showcase it all – from Supercross races to tattoo sessions to photo shoots to late night concerts – it’s all in here!
In this episode, Hart and Huntington team owner, Carey Hart, talks about the roots of the team and gets us up to speed on the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season from injuries to Josh Hill and Ivan Tedesco to Josh Hansen’s early season victories.
Make sure check out Network A every two weeks for new videos about the madness and fun that is INK ROCK MOTO!