General Tire announced today that Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) driver Ryan Beat will return to Team GT for the 2018 season, competing full-time in the Pro-Lite class where he will race the No. 51 Bilstein Shock Absorbers Chevy Performance on General’s GRABBER X3 tires.
“We’re looking forward to bringing Ryan back to Team GT for the 2018 season,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “We were there for the start of his LOORRS career and have watched him grow into a championship-contending driver. We’re extremely proud to have him back on Team GT and look forward to celebrating wins and championships with him in the near future!”
Beat had a successful stint with Team GT from 2012 – 2015. Following a brief hiatus from the brand, he will return and compete for the LOORRS Pro-Lite championship in 2018.
“I am super excited to be rejoining Team GT in 2018,” said Beat. “General Tire has always been home for me and I look forward to a very successful future with them.”
A native of El Cajon, Calif., Beat was born into a racing family. The second-generation driver’s career began at the age of 5, when he began racing dirt bikes. After amassing 12 amateur championships in a variety of divisions, Beat made the move to the professional ranks where he competed for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Supercross and Motocross racing team over a four-year period.
Beat suffered what would become a dirt bike career-ending injury while testing for the 2011 season. Following nine months of intensive therapy, his career was revived when he was given an opportunity to race in the LOORRS UTV class. Beat quickly found success and was given the opportunity to race in the LOORRS Pro-Lite division the following year for the Hart and Huntington short course team. After finishing second in the championship battle that year, Beat formed his own team in 2015 and went on to earn 12 career wins, 33 podiums and the world championship.
Now back with General Tire, Beat is looking forward to continuing his winning ways.
“I am super excited to get the 2018 season underway,” said Beat. “General Tire and I have put in the work and we’re ready for battle!”