29 March 2021— Fabled eyewear firm SPY+ Optic will continue its journey to see the world differently this summer as the brand heads to the desert to chase success in Trophy Truck off-road competition. Experienced racer Michael Marsal will return to race action for the program, pairing with fellow sports car veteran Jack McCarthy for a limited schedule of off-road outings in 2021.
Off-road racing is known to put drivers and equipment to the ultimate test, and the link up with SPY+ will give the program the chance to utilize the performance advantages that the brand brings. SPY+ is set to be featured on the Andy Blackmore-designed livery outings in three anticipated events in 2021 starting with the Silver State 300 in April.
“We are very excited to be teaming up with Michael and the Brenthel Brothers on this epic project!” said Joe Freitag, Vice President of Brand of SPY+ Optic. “SPY+ has a long and dynamic history in the world of motorsports and there really is no more exciting way to pay homage to our roots than this.”
Since first being exposed to off-road competition in his 2016 debut in the Baja 1000, Marsal moved his focus from endurance sports car racing to off-road competition. With multiple Baja 1000 events now under his belt, Marsal is looking forward to building on his experiences with some new events in 2021.
The New York native will partner with industry-standard Brenthel Industries for both equipment and event support. The California-based team is owned and operated by brothers Jordan and Jonathan Brenthel, and applies the latest engineering and manufacturing technology with old world craftsmanship to achieve outstanding results.
“SPY+ was born out of the SOCAL lifestyle and is synonymous with performance and control,” said Marsal. “We couldn’t think of a better partner for our Brenthel-built Gen 3 Spec Trophy truck. From the Bolle’ safety goggles worn by crew members, to the Spy+ goggles used by the drivers, this is a perfect match for this program.”
The limited schedule of outings will allow Marsal and McCarthy to develop the recently completed Gen 3 Trophy Truck, which has been built with an exclusive focus on off-road competition. From the high-output motor to the custom suspension set up, the rig delivers on the decades of experience and lessons learned in competition by the Brenthel brothers.
After April’s Silver State 300 event, Marsal and McCarthy will then look forward to two Baja outings, starting with September’s SCORE Baja 400 that will feature a 400 mile loop starting and ending in Ensenada, California. In November, it will be a return to the 54th running of the fabled SCORE Baja 1000 for Marsal for the sprint through the dust and darkness from Ensenada to La Paz, Sur, Mexico.
“These off-road events are like nothing else in racing because they are so unpredictable,” said Marsal. “But it is such a tremendous experience and I’m really happy to be teaming with Brenthel Industries because they have so much knowledge and their trucks are just badass. There is a lot going on this year, so I am only able to get to these three events, but I’m really looking forward to them and hope to be able to do more in the future!”