Riverside, CA – RJ Anderson and Walker Evans Racing continue in their quest for multiple championships at the TORC and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’. First up was the TORC Series Rounds 3 &4 held in the famous Crandon Off Road Facility in Crandon, WI. Saturday’s Round 3 proved to be a challenge for RJ and team.  Despite a very strong V8 RAM engine tuned by Kevin Kroyer, a solid drive-train by Gear Works, and well tuned Walker Evans Racing Shocks RJ was unable to get the Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries / South Point Hotel V8 Pro-Lite on the box. RJ never having run the Crandon course before came out swinging, qualifying 5th in position and at one point doing well over 90mph in his Pro-Lite, something he had never done before leading up to this race. Unfortunately come race time the #37 would arrive to the gate late forcing TORC officials to put the #37 on the last row.  Despite the back row start RJ was already into 6th position by the first corner. It was there, the first corner of the first lap that the second place truck would lose control taking four trucks with him, RJ being one of them causing for a broken front coil carrier shock. RJ would limp his way around the track for a 12th place finish. Sunday would not allow for redemption as track conditions worsened with the weather causing TORC officials to call the round.  Redemption would have to wait until the team arrived in Utah for rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT played host to LOORRS for rounds 7 & 8 and despite its inviting, spacious, and very well maintained outside appearance the track inside proved to be a brutal battlefield for competitors of all classes.  The clay based track began to harden unlike any other LOORRS track competitors have raced on causing for carnage in the field and long days & nights for crews in the pits.  While other teams were taking their beatings RJ Anderson and his Unlimited UTV were taking checkered flags and forwardly solidifying his points lead in the class.  With a big win in Saturdays Round 7 and a solid 3rd place finish on Sunday (Round 8) “Mr. Consistency” as he is known throughout the pits continued his championship quest battling back from an early season wreck that would have put most teams out of contention all together.  Now RJ and his Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries RZR XP900 is clicking and have found their groove.  Now equipped with a new Polaris power plant built by Kroyer Race Engines RJ and his Unlimited UTV look to be the favorite of many to win the championship in a sea of Kawasaki’s. When asked of his new found power and developing comfort with his 2011 Polaris RZR XP900 UTV RJ Anderson had this to say:

“….it took me a little longer than expected to get to a point where I felt I could not only just compete but actually win again in UTV and the early season wreck at Firebird only set us back further. Last season we were down on power against the V-Twin’s we were running against but this year we have a little something for them to go along with some of the best suspension in the class. My Holz Racing Chassis, Walker Evans Wheels & Shocks, and our new Kroyer power plant has really made this Polaris RZR XP900 a ton of fun to race. I look forward to more win’s this year hopefully culminating in an Unlimited UTV Championship.”

While the story would end right there for most RJ still had another 2 classes he was competing in. Despite unforeseen mechanical and racing related challenges in his new V8 Pro-Lite he continued his consistent performance in the fan favorite Super-Lite Championship class. RJ Anderson without a doubt is a favorite to win a championship in his first full season competing in the Super-Lite class. RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team and Speed Technologies who host the series have worked really hard to put a solid truck under RJ each and every round leaving RJ to focus on what he does best, RACE!  Saturday RJ was competing for the win but got caught in a battle for 2nd with a couple of competitors.  RJ would hold strong and take the podium in 2nd place.  Sunday would be more of the same except RJ would be racing in a back up truck that he had previously never driven or had prepped by his team. Despite the adversity  RJ once again was able to put the #37 Walker Evans Racing / So Cal Super Trucks / Polaris Industries Super-Lite on the podium in 2nd place further solidifying his lead in the Super-Lite Class.

Next up for Walker Evans Racing will be a long haul to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on July 22nd-23rd for Rounds 5 & 6 of the TORC Racing Series.  From there the team will travel back to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA for Rounds 9 & 10 on August 6th-7th for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where RJ Anderson will continue his quest for championships in multiple classes.

Minneapolis–Polaris RANGER RZRs had another great showing at Best in the Desert’s Bilek Racing Silver State 300 this past weekend, in Henderson, Nevada.

Polaris Regional Sales Manager Matt Parks and his Holz Racing RANGER RZR 4 800 were victorious taking the “Pro UTV” class and the Pro Overall. The tight and technical terrain of the course mixed with some really fast areas was different than what Parks is use to racing, but when the dust cleared, he crossed the line first.


Jagged X debut their new No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 desert racer and took second in the “Pro UTV” class. The car was completed only hours before the race allowing Jagged X no time for tuning or testing, so the team relied only on our past experience and knowledge to get it right the first time. The new No. 1919 worked nearly perfectly for the entire 300 mile race, with only a couple small issues, and fought hard in an epic battle with Parks at the end of the race.

The next Best in the Desert race is the Epic Racing Bluewater Gran Prix, May 13-15, in Parker, Arizona.

Parks is sponsored by Holz Racing Products, Walker Evans wheels and shocks, Maxxis Tires, Tire Balls, Kroyer racing engines, Muzzy, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Utendorfer graphics, D.W.O. race prep, UTV Underground and Valley Cycle in Bakersfield, Calif.

Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, BF Goodrich Tires, CR Designs- Custom Painting and design, Cutting Edge Manufacturing- laser cutting and CAD design, OMF Performance- Custom beadlock wheels, Elka Suspension- Shocks, Simpson- Harnesses & safety products, Total Auto Pros- equipment for support trucks, Affordable powder coating- durable high quality coatings, Summers Brothers- Axle shafts, Walker Evans-Wheels, Vision X- Off road lighting.

Minneapolis, March 31, 2011– The Polaris RANGER RZR models hit the bogs at Highlifter’s Mud Nationals and came away victorious in both the Mud Bog and Mudda Cross RUV classes.

Team SuperATV.com took the Mud Bog RUV class with their RANGER RZR 800 with Team Highlifter Polaris Racing’s Brian Haughton taking third in a RANGER RZR XP 900. The Mud Bog RUV class is a race of durability that takes the racers through 150 ft of very thick mud.

The Mudda Cross RUV race consisted of two laps around a 150-feet oval filled of mud and water which tested durability, power and handling. Team Highlifter Polaris Racing’s Haughton put his RANGER RZR XP 900 through its paces taking top honors.


PHOTO CREDIT
:  Jon Crowley

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Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

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