Matt Parks Joins Jagged X for 2012 BITD Season
With the 2011 Best In The Desert (BITD) season complete, Brandon Schueler and the Jagged-X desert off-road race team fell just a few points short of capturing their fifth Pro-UTV championship in as many years. Despite falling short, the factory-sponsored Polaris racing team still viewed the season as a success. The team managed to win its fifth consecutive Vegas-to-Reno race, currently the longest race in North America and by far the most difficult in the BITD series. The team also managed to collect two wins and three second-place finishes on the season.
With UTV racing growing at such an impressive rate, Jagged-X felt that the time was right to take its race program a step further for 2012. So for the upcoming season Jagged X / Polaris Racing will add a second car to the desert program. 2011 BITD Pro UTV Champion Matt Parks is now a member of the Jagged-X race team. Parks will be piloting his Polaris RZR-4 at the 2012 BITD season opener at the Parker 250 with a whole new look.
In 2011 Parks put his Polaris RZR 4 on the podium in every BITD race he competed in, completing the season championship and compiling two wins, two second-place finishes and one third-place finish. Combined the and Polaris UTVs compiled five winis and five runner-up finishes. The podium was crowded with Polaris vehicles all season long with 14 of the 18 podium finishes being held by Polaris RZR, RZR S, RZR 4, and RZR XP 900 UTVs.
“Needless to say, the Jagged-X race team is dedicated to winning more championships in the Pro-UTV class and we could not be more excited to be piloting Polaris UTVs in the Best In The Desert racing series,” Jagged-X says in a release. “We could not field our race program without the generous support of our many product sponsors including BFGoodrich Tires who have pledged their support again this year and we thank them for joining us in looking to the future of UTVs and UTV racing.
The team has also struck an agreement with Kevin Kroyer and Kroyer Racing Engines (Las Vegas, Nevf.)
“Kroyer is the formidable leader in Polaris UTV power prospecting, so to bring them on board only means more speed and reliability for an already fast and reliable group of UTV’s,” the release continues. “In addition to the Kroyer powerplants we will also be adding the best UTV exhausts made to the Jagged-X program for 2012, Muzzys Performance (Bend, Ore.). Our good friend and talented artist Chad Riccio of CR Designs (Phoenix, Ariz.) will remain on board to keep our UTVs and chase vehicles Show Quality for every race and continue their dedicated race support. OMF Performance (Riverside, Calif.) will continue on as our custom wheel builder.
“For 2012 Jagged-X racing will also team up with Walker Evans Racing (Riverside, Calif.) in outfitting our race UTVs with their industry leading shocks. Walker Evans continuing relationship with Polaris Industries promises to help us develop the best shocks for our race cars. Lube tech and Pure Polaris lubricants will continue providing all the fluids for our race program. To turn night into day the Jagged-X team will be using the high quality line of lighting products designed and developed by Vision-X Off-Road Lighting.”
Jagged-X plans to campaign two Polaris RZR XPs this season and has set a goal to compete in the 2012 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in November.
Jagged-X & Sponsors: Polaris Industries, BFGoodrich Tires, CR Designs- Custom Painting and Design, Cutting Edge Manufacturing (laser cutting and CAD design), OMF Performance (custom beadlock wheels), Walker Evans Racing (shocks & wheels), Simpson (harnesses & safety products), Total Auto Pros (equipment for support trucks), Affordable Powder Coating (durable high quality coatings), Summers Brothers (axle shafts), Pure Polaris Lubricants (Lube Tech), Vision X Off-Road Lighting, Kroyer Race Engines, Muzzys Performance (exhaust systems)
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