Polaris Snags Baja 1000 Victory & SCORE Pro UTV Open Championship

Ross Ballot
by Ross Ballot

Polaris emerged largely victorious at the Baja 1000 off-road race, capping off a strong and successful first season competing with a factory-backed UTV factory racing program and an OEM-designed race UTV. Cayden McCachren was able to grab the top step on the podium for the UTV Overall class, with teammate Brock Heger finishing in third place. The points combined for enough to take the honors of 2023 SCORE UTV Pro Open Class Series Championship.

This year’s Baja 1000 covered 1,310.94 miles across the Baja peninsula, kicking off in La Paz and ending in Ensenada, Baja California. RZR Pro R Factory drivers Justin Morgan, Rhys Millen, Justin Lambert, and others all contributed to the brand’s overall success, with the effort good for the overall victory, an impressive followup to Brandon Sims taking the coveted UTV Overall win in 2022.

Polaris won four races this year, with three different drivers taking top honors. The team and factory effort are expected to return for the 2024 season.

“Today we won a race that most teams dream of even finishing. The Baja 1000 is on every desert racer’s bucket list, and to come away with the win is absolutely surreal,” said McCachren. “While this win may have my name on it, it’s just as much a victory for my incredible co-drivers Justin and Rhys, along with the entire Polaris Factory Racing team, and our pit and chase team that worked tirelessly over almost 30 hours to make this win a reality. And through it all, the RZR Pro R Factory was our X-factor - a superior machine to everything else in the field, performing flawlessly against anything the Baja desert threw at us.”

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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