Outlaw 525 will strut its stuff with new pro riders and new series
Polaris Industries today announced its 2007 ATV racing sponsorships, the continuation of industry’s largest ATV contingency program for Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) ATV classes, and the continuation of a contingency offering for three races in SCORE International’s Off-Road Racing Series.
Along with the recent announcement of Doug Eichner in WORCS, other new Polaris racing team members for 2007 are GNCC Pro Bryan Bakerand Pro Jeff Hancock for SCORE International and Best in the Desert. Returning racers include GNCC Women Racer Stephanie Parton, Super Senior John Gallagher and the Wilson Racing Team. Most riders will race the new Outlaw 525, the fastest accelerating stock quad that couples independent rear suspension (PRO-IRS) with KTM’s famous 525 engine.
“Polaris is excited about our ATV racing program for 2007 and our ongoing commitment to the high performance ATV market,” said Jeff LeFever, marketing manager for the ATV Division at Polaris. “Last year we set out to show IRS had a place in off road racing, this year we are taking it a step further by showing the versatility and toughness of the quad on both the cross country trails and in the sand.”
GNCC Racing Sponsorships
Top-Ten, Pro Racer Bryan Baker joins the Polaris Roster in 2007. Baker finished eighth in the 2006 meet and has finished in the top 10 most of his GNCC career. Baker’s riding style complements the Outlaw 525 and he should be a force to reckon with in the series.
Polaris re-signed Stephanie Parton for a second year aboard an Outlaw. Parton finished third in the Women’s class for 2006, hitting the podium 10 out of 13 meets. With the addition of the Outlaw 525, the 2007 Women’s meet should be lively with fast laps and tight finishes.
Polaris also re-signed “Super Senior (50+)” Racer John Gallagher and again will sponsor the Wilson Racing Team. Gallagher finished on top of his class in the 2006 meet with nine firsts, one second and one third. Wilson Racing consists of “4-Stroke A” Racer Mike Sroka, “XC2 Pro Am” Racer Frank Grimplin, “XC2 Pro Am” Racer Billy Good and “Youth” Racer Jerry Welch, who will race a Youth Outlaw 90.
The first race of the 2006 GNCC series is The Triton, March 3-6, in Vero Beach, Fla.
SCORE International/Best in the Desert Racing
In 2006, the Outlaw 500 established that it was a competitive off-road trail racing bike; this year, its big brother, the Outlaw 525, intends to show its no slouch in the desert. Polaris has signed Pro Jeff Hancock to race the Outlaw 525 in SCORE and the Best in the Desert Racing Series. Hancock finished third in Class 25 for SCORE in 2006 and will race PRO ATV with the Outlaw 525. For Best in the Desert, Hancock will race PRO QUAD.
For the 2007 racing season,Polaris will, once again, offer a contingency program for the SCORE International Racing Series. The company is offering the following contingencies for three SCORE races:
San Felipe 250 First Place: $5,000, Second Place: $1,000 Third Place: $500
Baja 500 First Place: $10,000 Second Place: $2,500 Third Place: $1,000
Baja 1000 First Place: $25,000 Second Place: $5,000 Third Place: $2,500
Polaris also will continue to offer the largest ATV GNCC contingency program, offered for all GNCC ATV classes, including youth racing. The potential pay out for GNCC is more than $260,000 across all GNCC ATV classes, including the class champion. The maximum per race pay out is $2000 for the Pro class. Polaris currently is the only manufacturer offering a contingency program for the Youth circuit. The potential pay out for Youth is more than $15,000 and is available to all five classes, with a maximum per race pay out of $100.
Upcoming races and details on the contingency programs are posted on www.Polarisperformance.com, the GNCC Racing Web site, www.gnccracing.com and SCORE International’s Web Site, www.score-international.com. WORCS racing information can be found at www.worcsracing.com and Best in the Desert Racing Association at Best In The Desert Racing Association.
With annual 2006 sales of $1.7 Billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), Victory motorcycles and the Polaris RANGER for recreational and utility use. Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs 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 motorcycle cruiser 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 Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.
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