GEN 2 Polaris RZR PRO R Dominates 2024 SCORE Opener at San Felipe 250

Ross Ballot
by Ross Ballot

The 2024 SCORE Championship roared to life this Saturday, kicking off with the 37th San Felipe 250 race. Amongst the dust and adrenaline, the Polaris Factory Racing team once again dominated in UTV racing, with Cayden MacCachren clinching the top spot in the UTV Overall category. Brock Heger, the reigning 2023 UTV Pro Open Champion, secured a strong second place. The team showcased their prowess aboard the newly-unveiled Gen 2 Polaris RZR Pro R Factory race vehicle, which proved its mettle over the 285-mile course, reaffirming its status as the premier UTV in the field.

Starting positions for the race are determined by random draw, putting Heger starting ninth, Craig Scanlon from 15th, Max Eddy Jr. from 16th, and MacCachren from 18th. Despite their starting positions, the Polaris racers swiftly surged through the ranks. By mile marker 47, Heger had seized the lead, with Eddy Jr. and MacCachren not far behind.

By mile marker 200, the Polaris factory racing drivers were poised to sweep the podium, with Heger in the lead, followed closely by Eddy Jr. and MacCachren. However, MacCachren's strategic line selection propelled him to second place physically, ultimately leading him to snatch victory by a mere 13-second margin on corrected time. While the team celebrated MacCachren's triumph, Eddy Jr. faced a setback due to a time penalty, dropping him to fifth place. Nevertheless, Scanlon's tenacity saw him climb from 15th to seventh by the race's conclusion, showcasing the resilience of the Polaris Factory Racing team throughout the grueling competition.

Polaris was understandably proud of the team's performance in the season opener. Of their dominance, Alex Scheuerell, Polaris Factory Racing Technical Director, said:

"Today was unreal. To see our Polaris Factory Racing team completely dominate the field and come away with a 1-2 overall is a true testament to this program," Scheuerell. "Our team worked so hard to develop this new Gen 2 RZR Pro R Factory so it's incredibly gratifying to see those efforts come to fruition and dominate the field. I want to thank the whole RZR engineering team for making such a great platform to start with, plus the Polaris race engineers and SCi group that built and prepped these impressive race machines.”

Ross Ballot
Ross Ballot

Ross hosts The Off the Road Again Podcast. He has been in the off-road world since he was a kid riding in the back of his dad’s YJ Wrangler. He works in marketing by day and in his free time contributes to Hooniverse, AutoGuide, and, and in the past has contributed to UTV Driver, ATV Rider, and Everyday Driver. Ross drives a 2018 Lexus GX460 that is an ongoing build project featured on multiple websites and the podcast and spends his free time working on and riding ATVs.

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