This past weekend saw the Polaris Factory Racing Teams racing in Mexico at the Baja Sur 500 and at WORCS Round 5, in Hurricane, Utah.
SCORE International’s Inaugural Baja Sur 500 is the second race of the 2015 SCORE racing season and was a point-to-point race from Cabo San Lucas to Loreto. Out of the nine finishers, seven were RZRs, including the winner, Jagged X’s No. 1932 RZR XP 1000 with drivers Brandon Schueler and Scott Kiger, with navigators Chad Hemmer and Justin Kerr.
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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.
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This year’s point-to-point Baja 1000 was 1,275 miles of brutal terrain testing both machine and driver. Polaris RZR went into the race as the defending champion, and the Scrambler XP 1000 made a maiden voyage with Team UXC racing at the helm.
Nineteen side-by-sides, including 13 RZRs, started the race and eight side-by-sides, six being RZRs, managed to finish. First-time Baja 1000 driver of record, Johnny Angal of UTV Inc., and his drivers Brian Bush, Branden Sims and Justin Quinn, in their No. 1919 RZR XP 4 1000 won the grueling race. Jagged X in the No. 1932 with drivers Matt Parks, Brandon Schueler and Craig Scanlon took second.
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Polaris factory facers were out in force at the Bluewater Desert Challenge this past weekend. The race, different than the other Best in the Desert Races, was two days of three 25-mile laps, with results based on times from both days.
Thirty-two Side-by-Sides took the line with the Pro Class having the majority of entrants. Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler in the No. 1919 RZR XP 1000 started in front and never looked back, taking first place the first day. The top five were all RZRs with Lone Star Racing’s Branden Sims finishing second, Coastal/Holz Racing’s Scott Kiger in third, Cognito’s Justin Lambert in fourth and Jagged X’s Craig Scanlon in fifth.
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The Jagged X team didn’t have long to celebrate its 2013 Best in the Desert championship as the 2014 season got off to a early start this past weekend at the THR Parker 250 in Parker, Ariz. What the team could celebrate was a victory in its No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900 piloted by Brandon Schueler and Blake Van de Loo. Coastal Racing’s 1934, piloted by Scott Kiger and Mark Holz, finished second.
Fresh off its SCORE Championship win, Jagged X took on Best in the Desert’s Henderson 250 for the chance to take home their second title for the year. When the dust settled, the No. 1919 proved victorious, winning the race and sealing the championship for the year. Coastal Racing took second in the race and finish third for the year.
The No. 1919 started in the second row so they had to be within 30 seconds of Coastal to win on corrected time. Brandon Schueler was right on the bumper of Coastal but late in the race, Coastal had to pull off for a short mechanical and the No. 1919 went by and was able to solidify the win. In the end, Team Jagged X edged out the season championship by just two points.
The Coastal Racing team of Scott Kiger, Mark Holz, RJ Anderson, Rob Utendorfer, Tyler King and Brian McLean raced to victory in the UTV Pro class at the 2013 Baja 1000.
In its first ever Baja 1000 appearance, the Coastal Racing team piloted its No. 1934 Polaris RZR XP 900 to the finish line in 27 hours, 16 minutes and 57 seconds – nearly 24 minutes quicker than the second place Jagged X team.
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The Jagged X/ Polaris team is cruising in the 2013 SCORE Baja championship. After winning the opening round at the 45th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, the team earlier this year, the team followed it with a win at this past weekend’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
Jagged X/Polaris driver Matt Parks handled the San Felipe 250 driving duties on his own, but enlisted the help of teammate and Best in the Desert racer Brandon Scheuler for the Baja 500.
“Schueler has more UTV racing experience that anyone out there and I knew he would do a great job in Baja,” say Parks.
Holz Coastal Racing’s Scott Kiger and Mark Holz won the Silver State 300. (Photo courtesy Joey DiGiovanni – UTVUnderground.com)
Coming off a Best in the Desert win at the Mint 400, Holz Coastal Racing’s Scott Kiger and Mark Holz in their No. 1934 RZR XP 900 were looking to make it two in a row at the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300. They did not disappoint.
With Cognito Powersports and its RZR XP 4 900 getting the nod to start first, the teams would have to work hard through the typical high-speed, dusty conditions to overtake the leader. Coastal Racing would start right after Brandon Schueler’s Jagged X No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900 setting up a speed dual to take over the lead. With Kiger driving the morning half, he would pass Schueler and all but one of the remaining cars that started in front of him.
The Holz Coastal Racing team of Scott Kiger and Mark Holz piloted their No. 1934 Polaris RZR XP 900 to victory at the grueling General Tire Mint 400.
In the starting field for Polaris was Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler in the No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900, Jagged X’s Craig Scanlon in the No. 1931 RZR XP 4 900 and Scott Kiger’s Holz Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR XP. Joseph Vinagro in a RZR finished second, Jagged X’s Scanlon finished fourth and Jagged X’s Schueler finished eighth.
“Polaris would like to congratulate Coastal Racing on their Mint 400 win,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris. “After winning the Best in the Desert Championship last year, the team has come back even stronger for 2013 and this was a well-deserved win.”
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At long last, side-by-sides made their debut in the SCORE series as 13 units lined up at the start of the 2013 San Felipe 250. Jagged X’s Matt Parks and Jason Spiess took the checkered flag and were one of only two teams to finish the race.
The San Felipe 250 is notorious for being the roughest race in North America with endless whoops, deep silt and rocky sand washes. But after Parks did his pre-run, he knew that this would be a race of survival.
“The UTVs start dead last in SCORE races and after 240 vehicles had been through the course, it was unbelievably rough. So, we just decided to set a steady pace and take care of the car,” says Parks.
Polaris has been a big supporter of desert racing in recent years, providing factory support for multiple race teams. Now Polaris has been announced as the presenting sponsor for the 2013 General Tire Mint 400. According to Polaris, there are more RZRs entered in The Mint 400 than any other vehicle.
“We are thrilled to have Polaris as the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Mint 400,” says Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “The UTV Class has exploded in growth over the past few years because they are affordable to campaign and virtually race-ready from the showroom floor. You can literally go buy a Polaris RZR from a dealer – and with a few modifications be out racing the next weekend! It’s really exciting to watch people get into these vehicles and then become die-hard off-road race fans!”
With the 2013 ATV and Side-by-Side racing season upon us, Polaris has announced its race teams and contingency program.
Polaris will have teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD), SCORE International and Mud racing. Polaris also will continue to offer its ATV racing contingency program and has expanded its Side-by-Side contingency, which now includes both the BITD and SCORE series.
“After a successful 2012, Polaris decided to expand its factory race team for 2013,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We look forward to another exciting and successful race season.”
Polaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2013. William Yokley took the GNCC championship in his National Guard RZR XP 900 and will look to five-peat in the GNCC series this year. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finished second in the GNCC Open Modified class in his RZR XP 900 and is back for 2013.
Polaris has provided support to the Muscle Milk/Blingstar team for 2013, and the team has signed Adam McGill to race a RZR XP 900 in the Open Modified class. The Muscle Milk/Blingstar team also will run the WORCS with RZR XP 900s.
Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno race is the longest and toughest off-road desert race in the United States and it was dominated by Polaris RZR UTVs.
In the starting field of more than 20 side-by-sides for the 534-mile race, was Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler with co-pilot Cody Muir in the No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900; Jagged X’s Matt Parks, Jason Spiess and Landon Kobruck and the No. 1932 RZR XP 4 900; Jagged X’s Bill Schueler and Polaris Marketing and Sales Director Craig Scanlon in the almost-stock 1991 RZR XP 4 900; and Scott Kiger’s Holz Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR XP driven by Kiger, Mark Holz and William Yokley.
When the dust settled, Coastal Racing would take its first Vegas to Reno win with the fastest time ever for a side-by-side in under 12 hours, and ahead of the trucks and cars. Thirty minutes later, Parks crossed the finish line second with the fastest second place finish for a side-by-side. Finishing fourth and driving the entire race himself, was Bill Schueler, with co-pilot Scanlon, and the almost-stock RZR XP 4. The No. 1991 has raced successfully all season and its fourth place finish in such a challenging race is a true testament to the ability of the RZR side-by-side vehicles. Unfortunately, five-time Vegas to Reno winner, Brandon Schueler, encountered a freak incident with the No. 1919 where a rock knocked off the oil sending unit for the oil pressure gauge and pumped oil out of the car leaving it unable to continue.