Warn-Industries-Logo-5-29-13CLACKAMAS, OR – Warn Industries, Inc. has been chosen by Ford Motor Company as a Gold winner in its World Excellence Awards, an honor that puts Warn in the elite class of only 14 companies worldwide.

Warn President John Stransky was presented the award at Ford’s annual celebration on Thursday, May 23 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

A total of 35 companies internationally were given the honor by Ford in two categories – Gold and Silver – in recognition as one of Ford’s top-performing global suppliers.

Las Vegas, NV ~ Best In The Desert Racing Association is proud to announce that Ford Motor Company, the “Official Truck” of Best In The Desert, will be extending the opportunity to win F-150 EcoBoost Performance Awards to Motorcycle, Quad and UTV class winners of the 2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno”  “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.”

To celebrate the success of Ford F150 EcoBoost, in addition to the existing 2012 F150 EcoBoost Performance Awards matrix for Cars and Trucks, at 2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” “The longest Off-Road Race in the United States”, the Ford Motor Company will pay $500 to 1st Place in each of the 22 Motorcycle, Quad and UTV classes. Casey Folks, Director of BITD said “we consider this an unprecedented outreach to our racers”.

Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, was overjoyed to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles North America was the new “Official Motorcycle” of Best In The Desert. Casey stated, “Husqvarna has a great and storied history in off-road desert racing and we’re extremely proud to have them on board.” Folks also has a personal and long history with Husky as well. Not only did Casey race and win on them for years, he and his motorcycle dealership, Sportsman Cycle Sales, are the fifth oldest Husqvarna dealer in the U.S. He even has eight fully restored vintage Huskies on display at Sportsman Cycle Sales in Las Vegas. Casey went on to say, “To have Husqvarna join us to reestablish their incredible desert racing heritage is really something special to me.”

Corey Eastman, National Marketing Manager for Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, said, “We are excited to be associated with the leading desert race series in the United States, Best In The Desert. Husqvarna has had tremendous success over the last several decades with podium finishes in major events worldwide.” More than $12 million in contingency awards is available at racing events throughout the country this season. He continued, “Husqvarna is committed to those who choose to ride Huskies. The “Ride More” concept creates an overall racing program that supports both top Pros and average Joes, which was our main goal for 2011! Our “Ride More” concept has found a new home with the racers and fans of the Best In The Desert races.”

Husqvarna’s first event as the “Official Motorcycle” of Best In The Desert will be the upcoming TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race, August 18-20, 2011.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Ogden, Utah - The nonprofit Tread Lightly! has re-established its relationship with Ford Motor Company through a special partnership with American Park Network-who just launched the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app. The app allows users to easily find parks and public lands throughout America, based on their favorite activities.

“Outdoor recreation not only provides priceless physical, economic and social benefits to this country, but it also creates future stewards of the environment,” said Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!’s executive director. “This app will undoubtedly help get Americans outside and propel Tread Lightly!’s mission to promote responsible recreation by providing minimum impact information on a wide variety of outdoor activities.”

A team of more than 50 writers and editors created and curated a searchable database of every federal and state public land in America. This is the same team that publishes the ubiquitous little green Oh, Ranger! guides to national parks and public lands that are read by more than 20 million park enthusiasts each year.