|SA-Dakar 2012: Ford Raptors, Hemi-Jeeps, Mark McMillin and Darren Skilton.|
General Tire is pleased to announce their partnership with Darren Skilton´s "Baja Automotive" to sponsor three entries in the 2012 Dakar with Darren Skilton, Joaquin De Uriarte and Mark McMillin.
Five-time Baja 1000 winner and Trophy Truck driver Mark McMillin is participating at the wheel of the Jeepspeed 2007 Australian Safari Rally Stock Class winning Jeep Grand Cherokee. "Baja Automotive" are in the final stages of preparing the Hemi powered Jeep prior to shipment to South America together with spares and support vehicles.
Mark contacted U.S. Dakar representative, Skilton, earlier this year asking how best to view this world famous all terrain rally. Darren’s response ended up with Mark and navigator Gary Arnold signing up to compete with the Jeep.
This Jeep will be entered in Dakar Open Production 2 Class competing against such vehicles as Toyota Tundras and Ford Raptors. It will provide Mark with the opportunity for a OP2 class win in the world’s toughest race.
"We’re thrilled to partner with Baja Automotive for the Dakar Rally again," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. "General’s Grabber tire was born from competition and we feel the arduous terrain of the Dakar Rally is a perfect testament to what this tire is capable of."
"Darren drove a Ford Raptor outfitted with General Grabber’s to the Class win in OP2 last year and the tire performed superbly, so we look forward to adding to our win record in 2012. We wish Darren (Skilton), Joaquin (De Uriarte) and Mark (McMillin) the best of luck as they embark on the ultimate adventure."
2011/12/22 | 18:54 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/GENERAL/RACE-DEZERT