Minneapolis – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company will continue as the presenting sponsor of RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, which is the largest and richest one-day rodeo in western sports history, with a payout of $2 million, plus more than $500,000 in prizes. As the presenting sponsor, Polaris RANGER will continue to support the event and its athletes, along with engaging rodeo fans across North America.
Compton, California – Greg Adler Motorsports and Team 4 Wheel will be flying into Reno, Nevada on August 22-23 to clash with short course off-road racing’s elite drivers on what has been described as the wildest course on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series circuit. Reno’s Wild West Motorsports Park, with its soaring elevation changes, gravity defying drop-offs and high speed straight-a-ways carved into the Nevada hillside, will provide a stark contrast from the sandy beaches of Baja where the team competed just three weeks ago. And as Adler heads into the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” for Rounds 13-14, he sets his sights on finishing the 2015 season with a flourish.
Reno, NV – Race four of the General Tire Jeepspeed Series presented by KMC Wheels and Premier Chrysler-Jeep was the Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race. It’s always a huge challenge. The race mileage traversed through Northern Nevada is over 540. Rain squalls the week before the race made it rougher than ever but had no effect on the deep silt beds that trapped everyone at least once. The unlimited cars and trucks create big holes, ruts and deep powdery silt on the course. Jeepspeed racers start later in the day. With 33 inch tires and limited suspension travel, they run a course that is as bad as it gets. That’s why Jeepspeed racers have a special camaraderie unlike any other class of racing. Every team that shows up takes on the challenge willingly and should be commended. The competition was so tight during the race, that the top 4 cars through the first 4 pits had only a 40 second to 1 minute split leaving each pit.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers came away with two podiums at the 2015 Best In the Desert Vegas To Reno desert race. The Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing team of Derek and Jason Murray finished second in Class 1900 in their Can-Am Maverick side-by-side. Can-Am Renegade 4×4 racer Chris Robinson put in a spectacular third-place ride in the Ironman division.
Chandler, AZ – Rather than striking out, the third time proved to be a charm as Team DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing’s Lacrecia Beurrier won the infamous Vegas to Reno off-road race this past weekend. Billed as the longest point-to-point off-road race in the country, Buerrier beat the odds after the ignominy of a DNF the last time out to win not only the 545-mile race, but also clinch the 2015 Best In The Desert Pro Unlimited UTV title. It wasn’t as easy at it may have looked though!
Anytime you have two trucks that finish on the podium after suffering rollovers, you know it was a wild race. The Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race is always tough. This year’s event was more brutal than anyone could have imagined after Northern Nevada was pummeled with rain. The rains left standing water in some areas of the 545 mile course and washed away the top layer of dirt to expose sharp rocks sticking up everywhere. There were also trenches, washouts and ruts that pounded the drivers and their Trophylite race trucks.
RENO, Nev. — Helping to promote the new generation of desert racers, SCORE International has released the current SCORE Dirty Dozen–the ‘Young Guns’ of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. All less than 30 years old and regulars in this year’s series, the SCORE Dirty Dozen represents a cross section of the next generation of SCORE desert racers that have made and continue to emblazon the world of desert racing with their flamboyant skill and dynamic persona.
SCORE, the world’s foremost desert racing organization, features Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
The SCORE Dirty Dozen represents several of the categories of classes with four who race in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horesepower unlimited production trucks.
Minneapolis – Best in the Desert’s (BITD) Vegas to Reno is the longest off-road race in the U.S. and more than 50 UTVs would line up to represent the three UTV classes.
Polaris Factory Racer Justin Lambert and co-driver Justin Sheakley in the No. 1918 Cognito Motorsports RZR 4 1000 would tackle the dusty 545-mile race in just over 13 hours. It wouldn’t be completely smooth sailing for the team as they would have some downtime due to a collision with another car. They were able to make up the deficit and finish first in the Pro class on corrected time. Polaris Factory Racer Brandon Schueler in the Jagged X No. 1919 would also represent Polaris on the podium in third place. The top five Pro finishers would include four RZRs including the new RZR XP Turbo EPS driven by Polaris Factory Racer and UTV Inc.’s Johnny Angal who built the car in 12 days and finished fifth.
For the third consecutive year, Jason Voss has won Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno. In one of the toughest, most competitive Vegas to Reno races in recent years, Voss jumped out to an early lead amongst a field of thirty eight other trick trucks and steadily built a gap between the other racers throughout the 545 mile race course full of silt, rock, severe wash outs and rain ruts produced by heavy rainfall leading up to the race. Mile by mile, Voss lengthened his lead until he crossed the finish line in Dayton, NV in just under nine hours, over thirty minutes faster than second place finisher, Luke McMillin.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Much to the dismay of competitors, volunteers and the event promoter, the 2015 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, has been canceled due to poor conditions on the salt flats.
“Over the past year, we have all been working toward the goal of racing motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and it is always our intent to run the premier motorcycle land speed racing event at Bonneville,” said Event Manager Delvene Manning. “However, we are always subject to Mother Nature to provide us with good conditions that we all dedicate our time and resources to.