2015 Polaris ATV and UTV Race Teams Announced
Photo courtesy Rusty Baptist @ UTVUnderground.com
Polaris has announced its 2015 off-road race teams, which will be competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD), SCORE International, Lucas Off-Road Regional Racing Series (LORRS), and Mud racing.
Polaris has expanded its RZR race team for 2015 and will continue to field a Scrambler race team in GNCC. As well, Polaris will continue to offer its ATV and Side-by-Side contingency and reimbursement program and has added a racer discount program for experienced racers on select models, including the Polaris ACE which a few racing series have added for the 2015 racing season.
“Polaris enjoyed a very successful 2014 race season and is excited to make an even bigger commitment to racing for 2015,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We look forward to another great season.”
Polaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2015. William Yokley and Scott Kiger will run the GNCC XC1 Pro Class for 2015. Yokley will run the new RZR S 900 while teammate Kiger will continue to run a RZR XP 1000. The team also has added XC2 Racer John Henry to run a RZR S 900 in the class.
Polaris also will continue to sponsor Big Country Powersports’ John Yokley to run a RZR S 900 in the XC1 Pro class.
On the ATV racing side, Michael Swift of Team UXC/Driven PowerSports has one year under his belt with the Scrambler in the Pro 4×4 class and will continue to race for Polaris in 2015. The team also has added Pro Racer Kevin Trantham and 4×4 Senior Racer Don Higbee, who spent 2014 racing Best in the Desert and SCORE with the Scrambler XP 1000 EPS. Team UXC/Driven PowerSports also will be fielding a Polaris RZR S 900 for the 2015 GNCC UTV races.
After winning the TORN Championship, Team UXC/Driven PowerSports’ Chris Robinson will continue to race the Scrambler XP 1000 EPS in Texas.
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For BITD, Jagged X is back for 2015 racing the familiar No.1919 RZR XP 1000 piloted by 2014 BITD Champion Brandon Schueler and co-piloted by Blake Van de Loo. The No. 1931 car also will compete in all BITD races with Craig Scanlon as the Driver of Record and co-piloted by Keith Redstrom. Jagged X also will have Matt Parks competing in the SCORE series in the No.1932 RZR XP 1000.
Justin Lambert of Cognito Racing will continue to race for the RZR BITD and SCORE Teams. Lambert had a great 2014 with a win at the Silver State and looks to continue his success for 2015 in a RZR XP 4 1000.
New for 2015, Polaris has added Baja 1000 Side-by-Side Winner Johnny Angal of UTV Inc., Baja 1000 Side-by-Side winner Branden Sims of Sims Motorsports and 2014 SCORE Champion Marc Burnett to the team. All three will race the full BITD series and also SCORE.
Beau Baron, who won the SxS Pro Production championship in 2014, Ryan Piplic, who finished second, Mitch Guthrie Jr. who finished fourth and RJ Anderson who finished fifth are back for 2015 running SxS Pro. Ronnie Anderson will run Production 1000. All racers will run RZR XP 1000 units.
Team High Lifter-Polaris Racing will be muddin’ once again for 2015. Racers include Brian Haughton and Adam Schumaker who will race the Sportsman XP 850, Sportsman 570 SP, RANGER XPs and RANGER RZRs.
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2014 Production 1000 and Stock XP 900 Champion Cody Rahders is back for 2015 running a RZR XP 1000 in the series.
Polaris Contingency, Reimbursement Program and Racer Discount Program
New for 2015, Polaris is offering discounts on select RZR, Scrambler and ACE vehicles to those racers who raced at least half of the races of a qualifying racing series in 2014 and intend to race full 2015 season. For all other racers, Polaris will continue to offer their Reimbursement Program for new 2014 or 2015 Scramblers, RZRs and ACEs purchased after Sept. 1. 2014. Racers interested in this program will receive a $1000 reimbursement at the end of the season as long as they competed in more than half of the qualifying events (GNCC, WORCS, BITD, SCORE and LORRS). The reimbursement will be limited to the first 50 qualified submissions.
Polaris also will continue to offer an ATV race contingency program, in two ATV racing series, GNCC and WORCS and a side-by-side contingency in the Best in the Desert and SCORE International. The total purse is more than $65,000. Racers must race 2013 or newer Scrambler XP 850 H.O. or Scrambler XP 1000 ATVs for the ATV contingency and must run the Pro Class and a contingency is offered for RZR product in Best in the Desert Pro or SCORE International Pro classes.
More information and complete rules about Polaris’ Reimbursement Program and racing contingencies can be found at www.polarisfactoryracing.com.
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