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March 16, 2007
RANGER was first official finisher in SCORE’s UTV class
Minneapolis, March 15, 2007 –It’s official! A Polaris RANGER is the first utility vehicle to win the UTV class at a SCORE International event. The RANGER, piloted by Polaris Regional Sales Manager Matt Parks, made history when it crossed the finish line in six hours, 59 minutes and 20 seconds, a good 51 minutes ahead of the next UTV class finisher.
“It was a great feeling being the first UTV finisher in the Baja record book,” said Parks. “Our strategy was to race the course more than racing the other vehicles, and the RANGER did the rest by running flawlessly with no break downs.”
The UTV class at the SCORE Tecate Baja 250 consisted of five utility vehicles with only two finishing. Parks started 439 out of a total of 440 entrants and along with finishing first in class, finished 122nd overall. The RANGER race team consisted of Parks and Eric Anderson as drivers, and Ken Kilgore and Travis Wuertz as co-drivers.
The modified RANGER is the closest to stock than most of the utility vehicles running the UTV classes. Modifications include a high-volume air cleaner, FMF pipe and clutch package for additional horsepower and higher speeds. The suspension is fairly close to stock with the exception chromoly front control arms and new shocks created by Walker Evans Racing to handle the extreme conditions found in Baja races. Parks’ RANGER runs OMF/Douglas wheels with bead locks and Maxxis Bighorn tires with Slime to prevent flats. Other modifications include a 4130 Chromoly cage (mandated by SCORE), race seats with 5-point harnesses, 15-gallon fuel cell, in-dash GPS, race radio/communication system, five HID lights and a fresh air system.
Parks plans to race the Baja 500 with the RANGER in June.