Minneapolis, May 18, 2011–Polaris RANGER RZRs took another first and second, at Best in the Desert’s Blue Water Gran Prix this past weekend, in Parker, Arizona.
Racers were met with very warm conditions and with only a two-week turnaround between races, were challenged with a very tight, rough and technical course. In the end, Polaris Regional Sales Manager Matt Parks and co-driver Jason Spiess in Parks Racing RANGER RZR 4 800 took the checkered flag in two hours and six minutes.
“We got a good start and had a clean run today,” said Parks. “The course was super rough after several pro and amateur motorcycle and ATV races earlier in the day, but my RANGER RZR 4 800 was fast and handled really well in these tight, technical conditions.”
The new No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 of Jagged X left the starting line a little behind what they had hoped coming into the first narrow hairpin, in the fifth position. Before Brandon Schueler made one complete 11 mile lap, he found his way into the clean air up front and by Lap Three, had developed a lead. In the middle of Lap 4, the car lost a swaybar link which caused some collateral damage and caused the car to quit running. Schueler and co-driver Landon Kubrick with some quick diagnostics had the No. 1919 back up and running in just a few minutes but not before the other front runners were able to get past. With just over two laps to go the team was able to make up enough ground to get past all except the No. 1932 Polaris RANGER RZR 4 of Matt Parks for a second place finish in the Pro UTV class.
"This is shaping up to be a super tight race for points this year with both Polaris cars on the podium at every race so far,” said Bill Schueler of Jagged X.
The next Best in the Desert race is the longest off-road race in the U.S. in TSCO Vegas to Reno, August 18-20.
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
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.
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.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P MidCap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.