In celebration of his contributions to the sport of Baja off-road racing and his continuing support of the “Happiest Race on Earth,” NORRA today announced that Walker Evans will be honored as Grand Marshall for the 2015 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 rally.
Irvine, Calif. – Kawasaki IMG Motorsports drivers Sara Price and Erica Sacks accepted one of the toughest challenges in all of motorsport when they entered the 2015 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Dubbed the #TeryxGirls, Price and Sachs signed up to navigate through Northern Africa in their Kawasaki Teryx while plotting their course on maps from the 1960’s. The #TeryxGirls were one of 158 teams competing from 13 different countries and are the first U.S. based team to compete in the Quad/Moto/SSV class at the rally. After a roller coaster trip though the desert, the #TeryxGirls finished seventh in their debut and collected the prize for highest finishing first time competitors in their class.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): For one of the first times in its colorful history, Ensenada’s beautiful but private Horsepower Ranch will open its doors to all Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rally participants on Friday, April 24th beginning at 4:00pm. Located just a few miles east of downtown Ensenada, the 140-acre facility will host the official finish and award’s party for the inaugural Cortez Rally, along with a gathering of newly restored and historically significant NORRA Vintage class vehicles. Additionally, NORRA officials will provide early team/driver/crew registration for the 6th annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell remains undefeated in the XC1 Pro bike class as the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, heads to Union, South Carolina this Sunday for round four of the 13-race championship. Taking place at the iconic Big Buck Farm in Union, South Carolina, the 19th running of the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC is expected to draw in thousands of spectators to witness some of the most exciting obstacles that GNCC Racing has to offer.
BLACKFOOT, ID: The W.E. Rock Events/Dirt Riot event at AreaBFE in Moab, UT ended mid-race when a spectator was tragically struck. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has declared it an accident. With the family’s blessing, the weekend’s racing results are being posted and the race series will continue onto its next stop in West Virginia.
“We are heart broken over the entire situation,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, the driver, co-driver and all the first responders that were on site to help. We appreciate everyone’s immediate response and how the entire W.E. Rock and Dirt Riot family has pulled together to support each other.”
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Borla Performance, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of stainless-steel performance exhaust systems, has announced a new strategic relationship with DRIVEN Public Relations, an award-winning international public relations and creative marketing agency specializing in all facets of communications,. With nearly 40 years in the performance aftermarket, Borla manufactures only the highest quality products that are engineered to withstand the destructive elements and conditions on the road, and are backed with a ‘Million-Mile Warranty.’ Borla and DRIVEN will work in partnership to develop an enhanced strategic public relations plan and media engagement strategy, in addition to building their branding, sports marketing and social media initiatives for 2015 and beyond.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – From local SCCA autocross events to the highest levels of North American road racing and off-road competition, Falken Tire has launched its most diverse and extensive motorsports program in the history of the company.
The racing action that Falken Tire fans have grown to love will continue, with the addition of several new initiatives targeted especially at grassroots motorsports enthusiasts. At the heart of Falken’s motorsports programs are the Falken AZENIS line of ultra-high performance tires and the Falken WILDPEAK line of Light Truck tires.
“Falken has built a reputation for performance both on the track and in the desert, and this will continue throughout 2015,” said Rick Brennan, executive director of marketing at Falken Tire. “After an action-packed first quarter, we’ve already enjoyed great success with both our AZENIS and WILDPEAK tires, and thanks to the dedication and talent of our teams and drivers we should not be strangers on the podiums for the remainder of the year. As always, the lessons we learn from competing on track and in the dirt will shape the next generation of Falken consumer tires.”
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (Essaouira, Morocco) - The 25th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles wrapped in Essaouira, Morocco on April 4th with its finest celebrations to date. 158 teams plus sponsors and organizers were treated to fireworks, a fine prize giving ceremony and a black tie gala celebration set against the backdrop of the 18th century medina.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme International Six Days Enduro is the most prestigious off-road race in the world. To qualify for one of five club teams representing the United States at the event, a rider must compete in an American Motorcyclist Association ISDE Qualifier. The qualifiers this year will take place on May 2-3 in Newburg, W. Va., hosted by the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series, and on May 30-31 in Idaho City, Idaho, hosted by the Boise Ridge Riders.
The AMA has sent organized teams representing the United States to compete in the FIM ISDE since the 1960s, with individual riders competing in earlier years. This year’s ISDE, the 90th, will be held Sept. 7-12, in Kosice, Slovakia.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — In three weeks two-time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and his partner Scott Whitney will fulfill a dream of organizing a rally that gives racers a chance to experience racing stages with real dunes and true navigation. Skilton has been working for several years with Whitney, a former Dakar competitor and road book expert, to organize the first event and offer Meixco’s largely unknown terrain to North American racers.