Ray Griffith Does Double Duty on Generals

Apr 25, 2013
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  • Off-road standout, Ray Griffith, tackles both the LOORRS and BITD schedule in 2013 as part of Team GT.

Fort Mill, SC – April 25, 2013.  Ray Griffith is a bright spot in the world of off-road racing.  New to Team GT this year, Griffith’s driving skill and determination to win are second-to-none and his spirit is infectious.  From the moment you meet him, Griffith is the kind of person you know is going to do big things.  In 2013, he’s set his sights on both the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) and Best In The Desert (BITD) series in the hopes of claiming two championships…both on Red Letter Grabbers.

This weekend, Griffith joins LOORRS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 3 & 4 in ProLite competition.  In between building fences during the day, and prepping race cars at night, we caught up with Griffith to find out a little more about him.  Here’s what he had to say:

Q:  How did you get your start in racing?

A:  I started with my Dad in a dune buggy when I was in a car seat!  I always rode dirt bikes, go karts, anything with tires since then!  And from there it’s just snowballed (he says laughing).

Q:  How challenging is it to keep up with the BITD and LOORRS schedules?  Is

it two completely different driving styles?

A:  The amount of time it takes me to prep, and have both cars at 100 percent, and ready all the time, is ridiculous.  They are completely different styles!  Especially the buggy to truck transition.   

Q:  What's it really like on the LOORRS course? 

A:  It’s wild!  It’s like punk rock meets out of control!  All I’m thinking about is going to the front and figuring out how to make it happen.  And it happens fast!

Q:  What's your most memorable racing moment and why?

A:  Parker 425.  It was my first race and my first win!  I was just starting out racing in Jeepspeed.

Q:  Who is Ray Griffith away from racing?

A:  I’m a prep guy by night and a fence guy by day.  Besides work, I ride mountain bikes and do pretty much anything extreme.

Q:  What do you want your legacy to be when you are done with racing?

A:  Rockstar status!  I want to be the best and want people to think/say, "Griffith, that dude was fast in anything he drove!"

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For more information on LOORRS, and how to purchase tickets, visit www.lucasoiloffroad.com

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About General Tire

For more than 95 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 Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, American Sprint Car Series, FreestyleMx.com Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed.  Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Banning Motorsports, CJ Hutchins, Garrick Freitas, Harley Letner, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell/Jerry Whelchel/Mike Childress (Camburg), Jim Riley, Justin Lofton, Macrae Glass, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Rick L. Johnson, Sean Backus, Steve Alexander, Steve La Roza, Carey Hart/Josh Merrell/Ryan Beat/Rob Naughton (Hart & Huntington), Carl Renezeder, Casey Currie, Kyle Lucas, Robby Woods, Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy, Marc Burnett, and Johnny Campbell.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC. (www.generaltire.com).  With preliminary sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 170,000 employees in 46 countries.

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