Minneapolis, March 13, 2008 – With more opportunities in 2008 to race side by sides, Polaris RANGER hopes to continue their 2007 successes. Polaris will have RANGER race teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD), Champion Off Road Racing (CORR), M4SX Side x Side Nationals, SCORE International and Mud racing.
"The expansion of our RANGER race team is part of our commitment to side by side racing," said Craig Scanlon, product line sales manager for Polaris. "With the addition of RANGER RZR and its race successes, 2007 was a break out year for us and we are excited to see what 2008 holds."
Dragonfire Racing, Jagged X, Mafia Industries and Dana Creech will tear up the CORR track with their RANGER RZRs. All will race the "Mod Class."
Dragonfire Racing sponsors include: Polaris, Makita, Monster Energy, ITP, PRP, Fox Shocks and Specialized Bikes.
Jagged X sponsors include Polaris, CR Designs, UTV Offroad Magazine, Vision X Off Road Lighting, Jet Trim Seats, OMF Performance, DJ Safety and Mountain States Contracting.
Mafia Industries sponsors include, Polaris, Good Year, Alba, Schampa, Dirt Skins, PRP, SRT Race Wheels, Radflo shocks, Gear One, UTV Off-Road Magazine (formally Cart Wheelin'), Pro Armor, CRB and SIMPSON.
Best in the Desert and M4SX Side x Side Nationals
After an awesome 2007 and great start to 2008, Jagged X and Mafia Industries will race their RANGER RZRs in the Best in the Desert series. Jagged X dominated Best in the Desert for 2007, finishing first in the 2007 Class Champ Chase. Mafia Industries started off the 2008 BITD season with a bang taking first in the Parker "250." Mafia Industries also will race MS4SX Side x Side Nationals at Lake Elsinore MX Park.
William Yokley, a multi-time Pro and Pro Production GNCC Winner on quads, hopes to bring his winning ways to the new GNCC side by side class on the industry's hottest ride. Yokley will race a RANGER RZR in the 701-850 UTV Modified class. He is sponsored by The Army National Guard, Rocky Mountain ATV, Polaris Industries, ITP Tires, Elka Suspension, Roll Design, HMF Exhaust Systems, IMS/Roll, Tire Balls, Andrews Cycle, Douglas Wheel Technology, Baldwin Motorsports, CGR, O'Neal Clothing, Panolin Lubricants, IMS, Hinson, 317 Graphics, Intense Fabrication & Design, Tsubaki Chains, Hardkor, Shoei Helmets, Axcaliber Axles, Streamline and Powermadd.
Straight off his 2007 victory in the 701-850 UTV Modified class, at the inaugural GNCC side by side race at last year's Ironman, Dana Creech is back in his RANGER RZR for the 2008 season. Creech will, once again, race the 701-850 UTV Modified class.
In addition to Doug Eichner, Dana Creech will blaze a trail with his RANGER RZR on the WORCS circuit. Creech will race the "Rhino Mod" class.
Team Highlifter-Polaris Racing will be back in full swing after a dominating 2007 season. The team will be racing both RANGER XPs and RANGER RZRs in Bogger, Pro Series A, Pro Series B, Open and Mud Chic classes in at least eight races. Team Highlifter-Polaris Racing also races Polaris Sportsman ATVs. The team is sponsored by Polaris Industries, Warn Industries, SuperTrapp, Dayco and Bayou Snorkels
With annual 2007 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry, one of the largest manufacturers of all terrain recreational, utility and side-by-side vehicles (ATVs) in the world, and rapidly making impressive in-roads into the motorcycle cruiser and touring marketplace under the Victory® brand. The Victory motorcycle division was established in 1998 representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years. 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 are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.