The Polaris /Lone Star/Eichner Racing team weathered the storms at Round 1 of the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Speedworld, in Phoenix, Arizona January 25-27 bringing home a little sunshine from the team's initial outing.
With the extreme rain and mud covering the track at Speedworld, the Polaris Outlaw-mounted team proved what teamwork is all about.
In championship style, the team effort, captained by Multi-Time National and World Champion and ATV racing legend, Doug Eichner, celebrated their first Pro win of the season with Eichner winning the Pro Production Class aboard his Outlaw 525 S while setting the fastest lap time of the weekend.
New to the WORCS venue and the Polaris Outlaw, nine-time Womens National Champion, Angela Butler, blasted her way through the competition bringing home her first win of the season in the Womens A class and ran seventh in the Pro Am Class racing the Outlaw 450. The entire team is very excited about her future racing the Outlaw and Butler welcomes the new challenge of the WORCS racing series.
Up-and-coming-superstar, John Shafe, provided the team with a holeshot start in the Pro Main aboard the Outlaw 450, with a Yoshimura enhanced motor and exhaust system, supported by a FOX Racing Shox suspension set-up. Despite the less-than-desirable conditions of rain and mud which ultimately eliminated more than half the field of competitors, Shafe capably piloted his Outlaw to a top five, well-earned finish for his team.
Youth rider and four-time national champion, Caide Hunt, brought home a top five finish as well in the 71-90cc Mod class on her nearly-stock Outlaw 90 MXR. This race provided Hunt with her first opportunity to climb aboard her new machine where she held off much of the competitive field of 17. Hunt's future looks promising given her big smile following an incredible ride.
Support Rider and ATV desert racing star, Mark Speath, piloted the Outlaw 525 IRS to a second place finish in the Masters 40 A class. Speath's first competition aboard the versatile machine has the team looking forward to this respected campaigner's hard charge at WORCS Round 2.
In other Polaris WORCS news, Doug Eichner's, Polaris RANGER RZR, equipped with FOX Racing Shox, shining, black Fullbore Innovations body, MasterCraft seats and harnesses with a red roll cage, arms and bumpers by Lone Star Racing was almost too stunning to race. Eichner left the start line demonstrating incredible speed and talent that left spectators gasping as he provided a sensational holeshot start from the 11 SxS line-up. Eichner continued his hard charge despite his view being obstructed by his open hood for much of the race. Co-pilot, support rider, and good friend, Mark Speath, helped navigate as Eichner crossed the checkered flag securing a strong second place finish.
The team expects to be in good order for the next WORCS race scheduled for February 22-24, in Mesquite, NV.
Official Sponsors of the Polaris/Lone Star /Eichner Racing Team:
Polaris Industries, Inc.
Lone Star Racing
FOX Racing Shox
Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc.
Rage'n Luxury Toy Haulers
Douglas Wheel Technologies, Inc.
IMS / PowerMadd
ARC Racing - MX240V Boots/Corona Boots
Golden West Cycle
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