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Andy Grider Joins Azuñia Tequila Racing

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Andy Grider Joins Azuñia Tequila Racing

  • Andy Grider has been added as a secondary driver to the Azuñia Tequila Racing Team


SAN CLEMENTE, CA, October 10, 2013 – Azuñia Tequila Racing is proud to announce the expansion of the team with the addition of Andy Grider.  Grider has been added as the secondary driver to the R8 racing team and will be sharing driving responsibilities along-side Jim Riley. Grider a seasoned off-road racer, navigator and championed MX rider will be a distinguished addition to Azuñia Tequila Racing.

“We have big plans for Azuñia Tequila Racing for the remaining season and 2014,” said Jim Riley, CEO, Azuñia Tequila. “I have been looking for a driver that would bring experience, passion and skill to our race program and Andy Grider was a natural fit for the team.”

Grider brings a unique skill set to the team.  He has experience in a vast array of off-road racing including every driving condition from Baja to Dakar.  As a MX rider he has been chalking up championships and wins in AMA, SCORE and Dakar. Grider was the navigator for Robby Gordon Racing Dakar effort for several years and has also won several stages of the Dakar as a MX rider.  His passion for the sport is intense and his expertise will be a welcomed addition to the team. Grider will be driving the teams R8 and Rippin’ Rooster Chevy 57 for the 2013-2014 seasons.

“I am excited to join Azuñia Tequila Racing,” said Andy Grider, Azuñia Tequila Racing Driver. “This team has all the making for monumental conquests in off-road racing and I am proud to be part of this passionate team.”

Andy Grider Career Highlights:

2000 AMA Hare and Hound 4 stroke – Champion

2001 AMA Hare and Hound open pro – 2nd place Champion

2002 Baja Mex 300 world championship- 1st place

2002 Baja 1000 – 1st place overall                                  2003 Baja 500 – 2nd place

2003 Baja 1000 – 2nd place                                               2003 Baja Mex 300 – 1st 4-stroke

2004 Baja 1000 -2nd place                                                 2005 San Felipe 250 – 1st place

2005 Tunisian rally – 1st American – 3rd overall          2005 Featured in the movie “Dust to glory”

2006 2nd place in stage 3 at the Dakar rally                   2006 1st class 10 BITD Primm 300

2006 1st overall TT Baja 1000 “navigator”                      2007 1st open car Dakar rally

2007 1st place in stage 7 Dakar rally                                 2008 stage winner of CER

2009 3rd overall Dakar rally                                               2009 5th overall Bull Run Rally

2009 Score TT champion “navigator”                             2010 6th place Dakar rally

2010 1st place Baja 1000 Stock mini                                 2011 3rd place B.A.P. T.T.

2011 4th place Mint 400 T.T.                                              2012 2nd place class 10 Baja 1000

2013 3rd place Vintage sedan NORRA 1000                 2013 3rd place class 10 Baja 500

Off-road racing is a corner stone segment for the Azuñia Tequila brand. Off-road racing is a unique adventure that brings the unexpected experience of the unknown Baja desert, with action packed, kidney pound race car action.  Azuñia Tequila is about experiencing adventure and celebrating those experiences with family and friends.  We hope you find what inspires you to seek adventure!

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About Azuñia Tequila

Azuñia Tequila is a brand of Intersect Beverage company, importers of fine spirits to the US and Worldwide.  The company was founded in 2009 by Jim Riley, 20-year spirit industry leader. Intersect Beverage is located in San Clemente, CA and is committed to delivering the highest-quality fine spirits to consumers.                                Intersect Beverages’ products include: Azuñia Tequila (ultra-premium tequila) produced from the finest quality hand-selected 100% Weber blue agave plants, grown and harvested by one of the oldest and most experienced growers in the Jalisco Region of Mexico. Azuñia’s Tequila portfolio includes:  Platinum Blanco, Reposado (an authentic pleasure with a touch of smokiness) and Añejo (the most sophisticated with hints of vanilla and nuts).  Regional Tequila (authentic premium tequila) produced from 100% Weber Blue Agave and double distilled.