Can-Am-GNCC-Buck-9-27-13Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am ATV racers won four 4×4 classes and put two riders on the overall morning podium at round 11 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series in Foxburg, Pa. U2 class racers Rob Smith, who won the class for fifth time in 2013, and Jordan Phillips reached the morning podium on their Can-Am Renegade® 800R EFI 4x4s. On the West Coast, Can-Am Maverick pilot Pablo Veglia notched an impressive second-place finish in SxS Modified class in the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series.

“Utilizing our industry-leading 4×4 system, Can-Am racers overcame the horribly muddy conditions at the first-ever Gusher GNCC to win four 4×4 classes and earn two spots on the overall morning podium,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “The fact that we had five Can-Am 4×4 vehicles in the top eight finishing positions in the 10 a.m. session during a super muddy event says a lot about both our racers and our vehicles.”

Swift-Podium-GNCC-7-3-13Driving up into the mountains of West Virginia the weather was predicted to be wet with rain on Friday into the night and the track just as brutal as it ever has been. Coming into the last round before the summer break and realizing this round is historically the toughest in the series Team UXC Racings Michael Swift would prepare for the worst. The Can-Am Renegade Xxc had been specially prepped to take on the long high-speed sections as well as the many rock gardens littering the lower sections of the course.

“We started into the dirt from the paved section third in our class and passing to first place before the two mile marker.” Says Swift. Michael was also able to catch and pass the open class riders before the five-mile mark on the first lap to try and pull away just a little. The plan was to pit early to insure enough fuel in case of any possible mishap that could prevent a pit late in the race. The second lap around was the scheduled pit and with a brief stop for fuel the second place rider in the U2 class was able to slip by. After getting back out in front of his class Swift made a line choice that narrowed to much for the Renegade to squeeze through. This kept the Team UXC racer behind his competition but with a level head Swift was not worried, at least not yet.

Swift-Action-GNCC-Off-Road-6-20-13Team UXC racing added one more race to the history books this past weekend at the Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run in Masontown West Virginia. The heat and dry conditions made for a very interesting race but for the Shelbyville Tennessee race team victory was in the air! Walking the track on Friday has become a intricate part of the teams routine and mentally noting the rocky sections in particular.

Getting the day started off of the second row Team UXC racings Michael Swift was able to grab the holeshot off the start and led his class into the woods at the Masontown WV event. “We were rolling on the first lap and even caught the open class and were able to get around them before our first pass through the scoring tents.” Swift has found some amazing speed in the last few years and the determination to improve his performance every race has really began to show. Passing the lead back and forth with a fellow racer Swift would find a rock that stopped his Team UXC Can-Am Renegade right in its tracks on the third lap that sent him over the bars.

GNCC-Team-UXC-5-8-13The east coast has received its fair share of rain over the last few weeks and for the fifth round of the GNCC racing series in Park City Kentucky it would be no different. The Team UXC racing crew rolled into the track with a precise plan just in case the weather did not cooperate. On Friday after scouting the entire track Michael Swift knew it could get messy if the predicted rain came through. By Saturday morning it had rained most all night and was still coming down for the day of racing.

“Over the years I have put together a few key things to keep me on the machine and moving forward in really nasty riding conditions,” stated Swift. Getting a good grip on the bars and keeping your vision clear is vital and this is just a piece of the plan Swift had put together to take on his U2 class competition. Lining up on the second row behind the Open 4X4 class the U2 challengers had just a few riders to compete with on the first lap. Swift was able to fall into the line in second off the start and worked his way into the number on spot in his class before the second lap. “I had actually taken over the lead in my class before the second mile mark on the first lap but slid into a tree and two riders were able to pass me.  My Rox Speed FX hand guards kept the mud off of my hands so I could drive the UXC racing Can-Am Renegade Xxc,” noted Swift. Team UXC also attributes their finishes to the use of the Outerwears radiator covers. These covers keep the mud off of the radiator so it can stay cool during the harsh conditions. This three-lap race took everything it could from many racers as thirty-nine of the 247 entries in the morning race had dropped out.

Buckhannon-Can-Am-Off-Road-4-25-13Valcourt, Québec, April 25, 2013 – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers had a successful weekend of racing at several different off-road events across America. Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers won five morning classes at round four of the 2013 Grand National Cross Country held in Union, S.C. At the fourth round of the World Off-Road Championship Series in Hurricane, Utah, Can-Am X-Team pilot Dillon Zimmerman earned third in the Pro class. Can-Am racers won three classes and earned seven podiums at round three of the Texhoma Quad Racing Association series in Texas. A Can-Am Commander™ team finished second in the QR2 class at round three of the UTV Rally Raid Southern Series in Alabama.

“Can-Am 4×4 machines again dominated the GNCC morning racing by winning a total of five classes and Can-Am Renegade racer Michael Swift taking the final spot on the morning overall podium,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I was pleased to see Can-Am DS 450 Pro Dillon Zimmerman earn his first WORCS Pro Quad podium of 2013.”

Swift-win-gncc-off-road-4-24-13Coming out of North Carolina’s Steele Creek and into Union South Carolina’s Big Buck Team UXC Racing is on fire. The heat is on and in each class occupied by a Team UXC racer no podium spot is safe. The rain had set in on Friday but out by Saturday morning to build what would be epic conditions for a day of racing.

The U2 class lined up with Team UXC racings Michael Swift mentally prepared to get out front and keep the momentum up for the duration of the race. Leaving the line in the second spot it would be the motivation to put his head down and plan for a solid consistent race. “We had no issues all day. I walked the entire track Friday morning and knew we had very little places, except for maybe the field sections, to get around other riders as well as my competition.” Says Swift. Following the first place rider for the first two and a half laps Swift made a plan to take over the lead. Michael would not only take the number one spot but he would also post the fastest lap time of his class. Michael told us “I knew I had to pace myself but I kept in mind that there were fast riders right behind me and I needed to stay on my game.”