This past weekend saw the Polaris Factory Racing Teams racing in Mexico at the Baja Sur 500 and at WORCS Round 5, in Hurricane, Utah.
SCORE International’s Inaugural Baja Sur 500 is the second race of the 2015 SCORE racing season and was a point-to-point race from Cabo San Lucas to Loreto. Out of the nine finishers, seven were RZRs, including the winner, Jagged X’s No. 1932 RZR XP 1000 with drivers Brandon Schueler and Scott Kiger, with navigators Chad Hemmer and Justin Kerr.
Twelve UTVs took off from Cabo San Lucas on a 424-mile race to Loreto. The Jagged X No. 1932 started at the back of the pack. Schueler and Hemmer started the race and it was planned that Kiger and Kerr would take over at Pit 3 to run to the finish. By Pit 3, the car was on a very fast part of the course and the chase truck was crawling down a dirt road so the car missed the pit and there was nowhere to access the race course for another 60 miles. Schueler knew he’d run out of gas before that, but luckily found some helpful locals who gave him enough gas for him to get to a spot where it could be filled completely and Kiger and Kerr could get in.
Kiger and Kerr ran the No. 1932 for the first time in the dark, but that would not stop them from going all in. When they crossed the line, the team was certain they had a solid second-place finish, but after all the penalties were accessed and the tracker was reviewed, Jagged X was proclaimed the winner. Johnny Angal with Eric Ringler and Branden Sims with Craig Hamer ended up finishing third in the Baja 1000-winning, No. 1921 UTV Inc. RZR XP 4 1000.
Round 5 of the WORCS Racing Series took place at Sand Hollow, in Hurricane, Utah. The course is 13 miles of sand dunes and rocky hills, giving racers a wide variety of terrain that is both technical and challenging. Polaris Factory Racers made a clean sweep of the SxS Pro Podium with Ryan Piplic taking the win, Beau Baron taking second and Mitch Guthrie Jr. taking third. The top seven spots went to RZRs. Piplic also won the SxS Unlimited class with Guthrie Jr. taking second.
With five rounds in, Polaris Factory Racers are holding the top five positions in the SxS Pro Class with Ryan Piplic leading the class in points, Guthrie Jr. in second, Beau Baron in fourth and RJ Anderson in fifth. Guthrie Jr. also is leading the points in the SxS Unlimited class for the season.
The WORCS Single Seat Class saw three racers line up for the win. Jacob Shaw took his third straight win in his Polaris ACE with Brian Haag taking second and Ronnie Anderson in third. Shaw leads the class in points with Anderson in second and Haag in third.
The next WORCS Race is in Cedar City, Utah, on May 22-24 and the next SCORE race is the Baja 500, in Ensenada, Baja Mexico, on June 4-7. Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris, Muzzy Performance, Walker Evans Racing, OMF Performance, Factory UTV, Cutting Edge Manufacturing, Vision X Off Road Lighting Systems, Polaris Racing Lubricants, UTV Underground, Mountain States Contracting.
Johnny Angal is sponsored by Polaris, ITP Tires, Method Race Wheels, Rigid Industries Lights, Fox IBP Shocks, Lone Star Suspension, wrap by Wolf Designs.
Ryan Piplic is sponsored by Polaris, Nelson & Nelson, Maxxis tires, Fox Shocks, Muzzys, Method race wheels, Rugged radios, Beard Race Seats, Antigravity batteries and Tire Blocks.
Beau Baron is sponsored by Polaris, Maxxis/H&M Motorsports, Holz, Sparks, Walker Evans Racing, Tire Blocks, Atvriders.com, ProMotorsports, Shoei, Eks Brand Goggles
Mitch Guthrie Jr. is sponsored by Polaris, Walker Evans, Nelson and Nelson racing, Muzzys Performance, Maxxis, Tireballs, Super ATV, Southwest Ground Control, Impact, UTVUnderground.
Ronnie Anderson’s Polaris ACE is sponsored by Polaris, UTVUnderground, Walker Evans Racing, Carr-One, Vision X, GBC Motorsports and RJ37.com.