What does tequila and off-roading have in common? One might be tempted to guess “dangerous when done at extreme speeds,” but they’d be wrong. The correct answer is: Jim Riley. CEO of the hot new brand Azunia Tequila, turned professional off-road racer, Jim Riley does everything in life in a big way. And off-roading is no exception to the rule.
The Ladera Ranch native started racing Trophylite professionally two years ago under the Azunia Tequila name. It wasn’t long after his debut before Jim was basking in victory, taking home st in Trophylite in the 2010 BITD Vegas to Reno race. He quickly followed up his win with 1st place in Class 7-2 at the Baja 1000 – the first time in Baja history that a trophylite Truck won in Class 7-2. He went on to place at the 2010 Henderson 250 and SNORE Midnight Special.
The R8 Truck
Since getting into Off-Roading, Jim has since upgraded the Azunia Racing machine to the new R8 Trophylite and was the first person to run the R8 Class in the Best in the Desert Series. The video below explains a bit more about the R8 and the Azunia Tequila Racing program.
|Trophylite R8 Ford Raptor|
|Chassis: Foutz Motorpsports|
|Engine Displacement: 400cc|
|Transmission: Culhane Transmission, Performance Turbo 400|
|Rear End: Currie|
|Front Suspension: Fox Shox 22 Inches of Travel|
|Rear Suspension: Fox Shox 33 Inches of Travel|
|Brakes: Wilwood Disc|
|Fuel Cell Capacity: 70 Gallons|
|Tires: General Tire Grabber 37×12.50 R17|
|Electronics: PCI Radios, Kenwood, YTR Motorsports Products|
|Lights: Rigid Industries Lighting|
|Seats and Safety: Mastercraft|
|Decals: Sign Pros / Hart and Huntington|
|Fluids: Lucas Oil|
|Fuel: VP Race Fuel|
|Paint: Hart and Huntington|
Andy Grider Joins Azunia Tequila Racing
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.
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
The Rippin’ Rooster Vintage Race Car
The Azunia team knows how to bring the fun of enjoying a cocktail responsibly (after the race is over…) and the exciting world of off-road racing together. Recently Jim and his compadres ran the NORRA Mexican 1000 in the Vintage “Rippin Rooster” and were brave enough to bring a camera crew with them to document all the action. Check back soon because the full length video is on its way.
|The Rippin’ Rooster|
|Fuel Cell Capacity:|
|Wheels: American Racing|
|Tires: General Tire Grabber|
|Seats and Safety: Mastercraft|