Polaris' Cayden MacCachren Grabs First Place At 2024 SCORE Baja 500

Ross Ballot
by Ross Ballot

Polaris Factory Racing driver Cayden MacCachren won his third consecutive SCORE series race at the recent SCORE Baja 500. The 56th running of the legendary event also brought Polaris its eighth consecutive win.

Cayden MacCachren and co-driver Hailey Hein weren't the only Polaris pair to do well in this year's SCORE Baja 500, an off-road race that covers 483 miles of brutal terrain and unrelenting competition. On top of MacCachren and Hein's UTV Overall and UTV Pro Open class victories, Brandon Sims snagged second place overall and Craig Scanlon took home fourth overall. These racers all drove versions of the RZR Pro R, all modified to race spec. It's an impressive showing and drives home how serious Polaris is about fighting for the top spot in the world of side-by-side racing.

“We have a dominant vehicle and, with as much success as we’ve had over the past year and a half, we came into this weekend with sky-high expectations. To come away with another UTV overall win is a testament to not only the superiority of our vehicle, but the strength of our Factory Racing program," said Alex Scheuerell, Polaris Factory Racing Technical Director. “Today was a display of grit, focus, and tenacity by the entire team, and to have Cayden achieve his third consecutive SCORE win is unreal. Our team continues to refine and improve the RZR Pro R Factory with each race, and it shows in how we’ve dominated the competition.”

“Today is exactly what you work for as a professional racer: starting first and finishing first. We didn’t physically see any other UTVs out there but knew we had some battles going on by corrected time, so we’re thrilled to come away with our third win in a row and Polaris Factory Racing’s eighth consecutive win,” said MacCachren. "Today’s course was rough and incredibly dusty, but our RZR Pro R Factory performed flawlessly, soaking up everything the race course threw at it. It honestly feels like the machine just gets better each race.”

The next event Polaris' Factory Racing team is competing in comes on August 14-17 at the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race.

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 ATV.com, 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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