Classes and payouts have been set for the 2015 GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge. An air horn will signal the start of the race, and hundreds of racers will sprint to their vehicles for the Le Mans style start. $20,000 cash is on the line for class winners of this four-hour UTV race and 10-hour ATV race.
Organizers are expecting to draw more than 100 teams and ironman class competitors to the event.
Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers competed at the 2014 Heartland Challenge endurance race, winning three classes. As well, Can-Am riders earned podium finishes in the Best in the Desert Series Vegas To Reno race and round eight of the New England ATV Motocross series.
“Our team of Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers had a busy-but-successful weekend across the US. The Murrays earned a hard-fought third-place finish in a very difficult Vegas-to-Reno race while our other sibling teams, in the Pratts and Millers, notched big wins in Iowa,” says Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “From endurance racing in Iowa and the Nevada desert to motocross in Maine, our racers again proved Can-Am is an excellent choice for serious competitors.”
Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers won three ATV classes, one UTV class and put another team on the Open UTV podium at the sixth-annual GBC Heartland Challenge in Iowa. In New York, Can-Am Pro Travis Moore rode his DS 450 ATV to victory at round six of the NEATV-MX series.
“We had several Can-Am racers battle in the thick dust at the Heartland Challenge event in Iowa, and came away with victories in the Pro 4×4 Ironman, 4×4 Open, ATV Ironman and UTV Unlimited classes. Mike Penland’s team also earned third-place in the prestigious Open UTV class with the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “DS 450 racer Travis Moore also continued his successful NEATV-MX season with another overall Pro class win at round six.”
The 2013 Heartland Challenge will have a familiar name attached, as GBC Motorsports will return as the event’s title sponsor. Scheduled to take place August 16-17 in Carlisle, Iowa, this is the sixth year for the ATV and UTV endurance race.
Race organizers have decided to change things up for the 2013 edition of the Heartland Challenge. The Pro class will be replaced by the Series Challenge. Each series will select riders to form a team that will represent their series. The winning team will be awarded a $4,000 payout while the series they represent will be awarded a $2,000 payout.
Each series can send a team of up to three riders to represent their series in this faceoff. The only stipulation is that each team may only have one rider that has participated in GNCC Pro or Pro-Am events within the past three years.
“We sat down with GBC and we all agreed we wanted to make this race even better,” says Tracy Kyner, race organizer. “We all wanted to step outside the box, to create a race that has the opportunity to represent the riders, their state, and the people out there giving so much of their time to create these different series.”
GBC Motorsports will return as the title sponsor of the Fifth Annual Heartland Challenge, scheduled for August 16-18 in Carlisle, Iowa.
The GBC Motorsports Heartland Challenge will once again offer ATV and UTV enthusiasts from across the country the opportunity to participate in a one of the most exciting endurance races around.
With more than a dozen ATV classes, including an Ironman class, the Challenge proves to be a true test of endurance and teamwork as racers attempt to outride and outlast during the 10-hour event. Additionally, the event hosts a special three-hour Youth ATV challenge and a four-hour adult Side-by-Side challenge. GBC Motorsports will be providing more than $17,000 in cash prizes for top class finishers.