WORCS Round Four, a bit different than most WORCS races, would consist of two laps of winding, sandy trails, rock climbs, and dune areas without the typical motocross section found at WORCS races. The course would challenge the almost 70 side-by-sides lining up for the race with many cars having their race end early.
Minneapolis, March 11, 2013 – Thirteen side-by-sides, including Jagged X’s Matt Parks and Jason Spiess in their 1932 Jagged X/Polaris RZR XP 4 900, lined up for the first SCORE race of the season, the San Felipe 250. The race was the inaugural race for the “Pro UTV” class in the series and when the dust settled, Parks and Spiess would take the checkered flag and be one of only two side-by-sides to finish from the class.
The San Felipe 250 is notorious for being the roughest race in North America with endless whoops, deep silt and rocky sand washes. But after Parks did his pre-run, he knew that this would be a race of survival.
In the starting field of more than 20 side-by-sides, was Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler in the No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900, Jagged X’s Craig Scanlon in the No. 1931 RZR XP 4 900 and Scott Kiger’s Holz Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR XP, all who run the Pro UTV Classfor Polaris.
Jagged X’s Schueler and Scanlon would start the two-lap, 160-mile course one, two with Schueler pulling away. The teammates would complete the first 80-mile lap in their starting positions with Cognito Motorsport’s RZR XP 4 in third and Coastal Racing in fourth. Schueler continued to pull away until an unfortunate failure would take him out of the race leaving Scanlon the lone Jagged X racer in the field to battle the RZRs of Cognito Motorsports, Coastal Racing and Kingpin Motorsports. When the dust settled, Scanlon would cross the finish line first but finish second to Kingpin Motorsports RZR XP4 due to corrected time. BITD Champions, Coastal Racing would take third. All in all, it was an impressive day for RZR claiming the top seven spots overall as well as a first place finish in the Sportsman class.
Pomona, Calif. — (September 21, 2012) The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) announced the 2012 Class of Inductees in late July. The late Roy Denner, Casey Folks and Larry Roeseler will have their names added to the venerable list of those who have committed their lives to the off-road community. This year’s inductees will be honored Friday, October 5, in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California.
The three inductees’ extensive accomplishments cover a number of arenas in the sport including advocacy, promotion and racing. Their legacies will be celebrated and displayed for the public in Gallery Four within the famed National Automobile Museum – the Harrah Collection, located in Reno, NV. They join names synonymous with the sport including Parnelli Jones, Malcolm Smith, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Walker Evans and Rod Hall as well as many names who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes making the sport prosper and grow.
Riverside, CA – July is upon us which means we are half way through yet another year here at Walker Evans Racing. It’s been an exciting year with lots of great things taking place in and around the company. As most of you know our roots are dug deep into off-road racing so we felt it would be a good time to let everyone in on just how well the Walker Evans Racing sponsored teams / racers are doing this season. We support racers all around the world, in many different series’ and in many different type’s of machines. It’s exciting for us to sit back and see just how well our guys & girls are doing as they compete for championships.
Currently in 5 different off-road racing series Walker Evans Racing racers have 6 -1st place points leads, 3 – 2nd in points, 3 – 3rd in points, 2 – 4th and 1 – 5th. Our 1st place points leaders come in some pretty hefty racing divisions starting with Rob MacCachren who is leading in points in the Trick Truck (Trophy Truck) class at BITD. Marty Hart leads the pack in the premier class of short course off-road racing with a 1st place points lead in his Pro 2 truck at LOORRS. Walker Evans Racing’s very own RJ Anderson also has a strong 1st place points lead in his Pro-Lite at LOORRS with young-gun Dylan Winbury leading the Jr2 field there as well. Not to be outdone in the midwest at the TORC series is Chad Hord who also leads in the Pro2 devision currently and Andrew Caddell who looks to re-peat his championship title with a current 1st place lead in Pro-Lite.
Los Angeles – 2XL Games and Reverb Publishing are pleased to announce that Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad will be coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360 Entertainment System from Microsoft and PlayStation® Network on June 27th for 800 Microsoft points and $9.99 respectively. Upgrade your truck and leave the competition behind in a downloadable arcade racer that delivers frenetic single and multi-player action, customizable vehicles and graphics beyond anything else out there. Game play trailer and images of the actual game vehicles are at www.raceroffroad.com NOW!
In Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, players race four-wheeled, 800-horsepower offroad race trucks with tons of options, as well as a wide load-out of vehicle classes including Rally Cars, Pro Buggies and Pro Lite Trucks. Eight-player multiplayer boasts dynamic interactions between all competing vehicles so players can see and feel the impact of mid-race collisions. Career mode follows Jeremy’s bid for the Pro2 championship within the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. All this arcade racing action takes place inside a persistent game world that presents challenge after challenge at 60 frames per second in crispy 1080p.
Minneapolis – The field for the Best in the Desert Silver State was impressive, with more than 20 side-by-sides staging to challenge this 300-mile, single loop race. Matt Parks drew a very good fifth starting position with Brandon Schueler starting just behind in the eighth spot. Bill Schueler and Craig Scanlon lined their nearly-stock, 1991 RZR XP 4 sportsman entry at the very back of the field.
This year’s course was very fast with lots of smooth sections where top speed was a true advantage. There were plenty of rocky sections to keep every driver on their toes. Schueler, in the 1919, was able to get off to a good start and make his way to the front of the pack early where he would lead for a good part of the race. Parks also was in the hunt and running near the front but had a mechanical issue which cost some valuable time. In the end, Mark Holz in the Coastal/HRP RZR XP 900 would take checkered flag and Schueler would take a much-needed second place. Parks and the 1932 finished in mid-pack in ninth position.
With its dates and rally format firmly solidified, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) opened online registration to all participants for the 2012 Mexican 1000 on New Year’s Day. Since then rally registrations have surged to new pre-event levels. While there are still over three months left before teams converge at the historic bullring in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico for pre-rally technical inspections and an opening night “Welcome Fiesta and Driver’s Meeting,” nearly three dozen teams have already added their names to what should be record year for the unique four-day competition. (See below for the first 30 Mexican 1000 entries.)
The first three entries came from enthusiastic rally veterans Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan and Butch Jensen. Additional entries arrived courtesy of veterans Brian Collins, Mark Post and Mark Stahl. It is expected that two-time rally winner Bob Gordon will join Malcolm Smith, Bud Feldkamp, Frank “Butch” Arciero Jr., Larry Roeseler, Don Adams, Dave Westhem, Randy Salmont and many others making plans for the journey down the Baja peninsula this April 28 – May 2, 2012.
Evans, an iconic figure in the world of off-road motorsports, will return with his famous Dodge Class 8 pick-up truck that took him to so many victories in the 1980s. At last year’s Mexican 1000 a mechanical issue forced him to retire on Day 2 just outside of beautiful Bahia De Los Angeles, but the beloved racer is looking forward to his return to this vintage-flavored event.
“Well, here is the real story,” explained Evans, who entered his first NORRA Mexican 1000 back in 1969. “I love Mexico. I love everything about the place. I am at the age and at the time of my life when I want to give something back to the place that has given me so much. The new NORRA Mexican 1000 is the perfect way to do that; four fun-filled days of seeing that beautiful peninsula while having time to visit with old friends and locals. It’s the most fun you can have, and I intend to have a good time, I can tell you that!”
Riverside, CA 12/13/2011 – The 2011 off-road racing season ended in spectacular fashion for the Walker Evans Racing (WER) team. Driver RJ Anderson clinched his very first UTV Unlimited Championship in the final rounds of racing at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) finale in Chandler, AZ at the always fun Firebird International Raceway. It has been a long time coming for RJ and his #637 Walker Evans Racing /South Point Casino Polaris RZR. Having competed in all 3 seasons of LOORRS in a UTV and seeming to always fall just a few points short of winning it all, it was really encouraging to RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team, and all of his sponsors to come out this year and dominate like he did.
“I couldn’t be happier right now. Our team has worked so hard to win this championship for more than a couple of years now, so to finally get it makes all the hard work and challenges we faced really worth it. We had been battling against bigger and faster UTV’s for a couple of seasons so we were really excited when Polaris came to us with this new platform to compete with this season. The Polaris RZR XP900 is the best UTV on the market in stock form, combine that with our Walker Evans Racing team and products and now we have the Championship we have wanted for so long. I give a lot of the credit to Kevin Kroyer. We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for Kevin Kroyer and his Kroyer Race Engines that he built for our Polaris UTV. He squeezed every bit of power he could out of these engines keeping us in front and ensuring that we always started and finished races. This was our last year racing UTV’s at Lucas Oil so it was important to go out and win the championship, and thats what the team did and because of that I just couldn’t be more pumped than I am right now. I want to also thank each and every member of our team and every sponsor that has helped us along. South Point Casino is a huge part of our program in all classes and their support gets us here every round. Holz Racing Products for building and giving me one of the sweetest handling UTV’s ever built. Goodyear Tires for giving us the grip we need, Mastercraft Safety for keeping me safe especially in my big wreck during the opening rounds of racing at Firebird this season. Of course I need to thank Walker Evans Racing, they along with my Mom and Dad have provided me with this opportunity to go race and do what I love and for that I owe them more than words could ever describe. Muzzys, K&N Filters, Dethrone Racing, Oakley, Utendorfer Design, UTVUnderground.com, Summers Brothers, and of course Polaris Industries, thank you to all of you for all of the parts, support, and encouragement all season long!” – RJ Anderson
The UTV Championship wasn’t all RJ and his team set out to accomplish in these final rounds of racing. Anderson and team was also set to compete in the #37 Walker Evans Racing / Dethrone Racing / So-Cal SuperTrucks Super-Lite and go for the win in the BIG season ending Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race. Not only did RJ put on what would be one of his best driving performances all year, but in the end he would check out from the competition and bring home a massive $10,000 pay day and the title of 2011 Super-Lite Challenge Cup WINNER! The racing all weekend was filled with carnage and mayhem. This race proved to be much of the same with spectacular roll overs, 3 wide corner racing and door to door passing was all part of this amazing Super-Lite race. In the end RJ would pick his way through the pack, take the #1 position and then proceed to separate from the rest of the competition. You could tell from the podium celebration that this win meant a lot to RJ, his team, and of course his fans, which to no ones surprise, has a lot of them now!
“Racing in the Super-Lite series has been one of the coolest things I have ever been able to do. The competition is fierce and the trucks are really close to one another in terms of spec. I feel like I always get to compete against a star from some other world of action sports or racing such as Jason Ellis, Sunny Garcia, or the late Jeff “OX” Kargola which is always fun and brings more exposure and attention to the track. Like UTV’s this was going to be our last year in Super-Lite at Lucas Oil so we wanted to go out in a big way. Due to some mid season mistakes that I take credit for, we weren’t really going to be able to get back in the points although we were still in the top 3. But once that championship race was done on Saturday I was all about winning the Challenge Cup race, bringing home a check, the cup, and going out on top! To set that goal and accomplish it, well, there is a reason I can’t wipe this smile off my face right now! I want to thank as always, Dethrone Racing for coming on board and supporting our program, these guys came in and put there team behind me and its been a blast being a part of Dethrone Racing. I want to also thank everyone at So-Cal SuperTrucks for all of their support as well, they have been here with us in Super Lite all year long and are always showing me and the team a ton of love and support. Of course I have to thank South Point Casino, Utendorfer Design, Mastercraft Safety, Oakley, Goodyear Tires, K&N Filters, UTVUnderground.com, and last but not least Walker Evans Racing! Again, Walker Evans along with my Mom and Dad support me like no other and they are truly the reason I am here racing and able to have so much fun doing what I love to do!” – RJ Anderson
Before racing commenced in Arizona, RJ Anderson headed to Indianapolis, IN where he would attend the TORC Banquet and Awards Ceremony. It was there that RJ would be awarded TORC Rookie Of The Year honors for the 2011 race season. Just more icing on the cake for what has become the most exciting year of racing for the young RJ Anderson. He was only a few points off a championship in the Pro-Lite class at TORC in his rookie season and it was great to see TORC take notice of his performance and reward him for it.
The 2011 race season was the most intense season of racing this young rising star has ever had. RJ went from competing in one class in one series to competing in 3 classes in 2 series. Not to mention a few WORCS series races sprinkled in the middle where he would compete in another of his Walker Evans Racing / Holz Racing Poducts Polaris UTV’s (RJ would capture another win for his record at the final round of WORCS this year). RJ has developed into one of the fastest rising talents in off-road racing and if his driving didn’t prove that then his stats certainly do!
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Competed in: UTV Unlimited – Super Lite Championship – Pro-Lite
38 – Total Races
26 – Podium Finishes
10 – 1st Place WINS
10 – 2nd Place Finishes
6 – 3rd Place Finishes
UTV Unlimited CHAMPION – Super Lite Challenge Cup WINNER
TORC Off-Road Racing Series
Competed in: Pro-Lite
15 – Total Races
6 – Podium Finishes
3 – 1st Place WINS
2 – 2nd Place Finishes
1 – 3rd Place Finish
TORC Rookie Of The Year Honors – Pro-Lite Championship Runner-Up
Photo: UTV Underground
Lynden, Washington – With only two more Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event s remaining, RJ Anderson rolled into Las Vegas with his Holz Racing-built RZR XP 900 and the Walker Evans Racing team ready to defend his Unlimited UTV points lead. Anderson has shown impressive consistency during the 2011 season, winning five rounds and making the podium 10 more times. He had earned 252 points entering Rounds 13 &14, 18 points ahead of the second place racer.
Though Anderson was unable to score another Unlimited UTV win over the weekend, he did place second in both Saturday’s Round 13 and Sunday’s Round 14, claiming another 46 points and clutching a narrow 15 point advantage over second place for the series title. Looking ahead, RJ will compete at the LOORRS final event at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona on December 10-11 with both eyes focused on the championship!
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