A native of Parker, Arizona, Randy Merritt began his racing career old school style, from the ground up. Merritt built his first race truck from the ground up and entered it in the SCORE Parker 400 event in 1993 where he went on to win the race five years straight. In 2003, Merritt came home with a class win in the BITD Baja Mex World Championship 300 and has finished on the podium in 60 percent of the events he has participated since that time. The 2011 season proved to be a great one for Merritt as he took home wins at the challenging Vegas to Reno race and the taxing but always exciting, Mint 400.
DRIVER Q & A
Favorite social media outlet and why?
Facebook, because that’s the one everyone really cares about.
What’s your daily driver?
A Ford F-150 with General Tire Grabbers.
Favorite race and why?
The Parker 425, because it's close to home.
How do your General Grabbers help you during an off-road race?
They stick to the dirt very well and allow us to finish races.
Best location for a weekend of off-roading and why?
Parker, AZ, because there is so much terrain to choose from.
What other adventure activities do you do outside racing?
I like to hunt, camp and drive out in the desert.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever gone on Grabbers?
Probably going to Reno for the General Tire Vegas to Reno race. We get there on Grabbers and make it home on Grabbers.
If you were going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
Sirius Radio, Beer, Guns, Tools, and whoever wants to go.
Top three road trip songs in your opinion?
Hanger 8, Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”, And anything else that’s metal!
Best road trip you’ve ever taken?
Best road trip was probably when I was 10 with my Mom, sisters, Aunt and cousins. It started out as a two week trip that was going to take us through most of the western United States. We stopped at every National Park, State Park, and monument along the way. But after so many days in the car, when we arrived in Durango, CO, we all mysteriously became sick (Wink Wink) and we ended up staying there for another week to 10 days.
Bonus question: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?
I would go all over Baja and do nothing.