Polaris has expanded its race team for 2014, including a return to sponsored ATV racing.
Polaris comes into the 2014 off-road race season with teams 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), King of the Hammers (KOH) and Mud racing. Polaris will continue to offer its ATV and Side-by-Side contingency, and has added a reimbursement program on select models.
“After another highly-successful race season, Polaris decided to expand its factory race team for 2014,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We are very excited to return to ATV racing in GNCC, and our RZR teams are even stronger this year.”
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.
Polaris comes into the 2012 race season with teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD) and Mud racing. As well, Polaris also will continue to offer its ATV racing contingency program and has added a Side-by-Side contingency for the BITD series. However, the total available contingency purse has dropped from nearly $400,000 in 2011 to a little more than $85,000 in 2012.
“Polaris is excited for another year of ATV and Side-by-Side Racing,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We had a great 2011 winning several championships and we expect 2012 to be another successful year.”
National Guard/Polaris/Coastal Racing
Polaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2012. William Yokley took the GNCC and WORCS championships in his National Guard Ranger RZR XP 900 and will look to four-peat in the GNCC series this year. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finished third in the GNCC “Open Modified” class in his RZR XP and is back for 2012.
Terracross, formally known as Quad Terrain Challenge, is making its return to the world of racing this weekend, Sept. 10-11, at the 2011 Haydays Extravaganza. Once again, riders are going to face gnarly rocks, rough and tough log sections, mud and the absolute chaos caused by all the riders on the track at once. In the past, only Utility ATVs have run Terracross but this event will have Side-by-Sides as well adding to the action-packed Terracross craziness.
Daryl Rath is no stranger to this sport and has been diligently working behind the scenes for two years helping the ESPN X Games Promoter bring it back, not only back but to debut it in front of 35,000-40,000 estimated spectators.
“Terracross was created for the ESPN Great Outdoors Games by Tes Sewell, it evolved into the professional sport of Quad Terrain which played for two seasons on ESPN. With the original name Terracross back and the help of Rath the large crowds at Haydays will see this thrilling action packed form of competition.” says Joe Duncan, another key person in bringing this event together.
Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno race is the longest and toughest, off-road desert race in the U.S., and Polaris Ranger RZRs were out in full force. In the starting field of 14 for the 553-mile race, was the four-time defending champions, Jagged X in its No. 1919 Ranger RZR XP 900 and Polaris Regional Sales Manager, Matt Parks in his Holz Racing Ranger RZR 4 800.
When the dust settled, Jagged X would have their fifth consecutive Vegas to Reno win with Parks finishing second. With only five Side-by-Sides finishing, Ranger RZRs would sweep the podium with a Ranger RZR XP 900 also finishing third.
The Jagged X team dedicated most of its summer race break preparing and fine tuning the No. 1919 Ranger RZR XP 900 race car. The XP has performed well since its debut at the Silver State 300 in April, but the team has been working on small refinements and adjustments to make this machine the best it could be. Jagged X, with much help from Chad Riccio of CR Designs, stepped up its game on the support side of things with two completely equipped chase vehicles.
All this work combined with some great drivers and co-drivers paid off when the flag dropped early Friday morning. The No. 1919 driven By Brandon Schueler with Mike West in the navigation seat took no time to take their seventh starting spot to the front of the pack. By Pit 4, they found themselves chasing the always-consistent Polaris Ranger RZR 4 of Matt Parks, watching for any chance to get out front for some fresh air. The two Ranger RZRs swapped the lead several times in the first 350 miles with both teams being plagued by minor problems. With an elapsed time of 13 hours, 27 minutes and 42 seconds the Jagged X Ranger RZR XP 900 finished 52nd overall out of 99 car and truck finishers proving just how tough Polaris off-road vehicles are. The win moves Brandon Schueler into the points lead for the 2011 BITD championship series with two races left to go.
The National Guard Polaris Yokley Racing Team appeared at the Kentucky State Fair, August 20 – 29 in Louisville Ky. Team owner William Yokley met with the soldiers and crowd, signing autographs and displaying the team race machines.
The National Guard display was interactive, allowing visitors to sit on and examine the Polaris RZR, Outlaw 450, military trucks and Humvees, as well as rock wall climbing, jousting and obstacle courses. The display is a fair favorite and creates a great deal of interest.
Even though the weather produced record high temperatures, more than 600,000 people attended the fair!
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