Can-Am ATV and Side-By-Side Racers Win Six GNCC Titles

Valcourt, Québec, October 28, 2014 – Kyle Chaney won the 2014 XC1 Modified SxS championship, Marcus Pratt took home the XC2 Limited SxS title, both in Can-Am® Maverick™ 1000R side-by-side vehicles, and Bryan Buckhannon captured the 4×4 Pro title on his Renegade® 800R X® xc at the pinked-out AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series finale in Crawfordsville, Ind. Can-Am Racers posted podium sweeps in both the premier 4×4 Pro and XC1 Modified SxS classes at the Ironman event, concluding the year in dominating fashion.

Kyle Chaney piloted his No. 8 Can-Am Maverick (JB Racing / Turnkey UTV / ITP) to the 2014 GNCC SxS Championship in the XC1 Modified class.

Kyle Chaney piloted his No. 8 Can-Am Maverick (Turnkey UTV / ITP / FOX) to the 2014 GNCC SxS Championship in the XC1 Modified class.

 

“This particular GNCC season was amazing because we won every class where our team-supported racers competed in,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Kyle Chaney put together a very consistent season, easily winning the XC1 Modified class in his Maverick 1000R. Bryan Buckhannon simply outran the competition on his way to winning the inaugural 4×4 Pro division, a class that saw us take the top three spots. Factor in our other titles and the podium sweeps at Ironman and we put a big exclamation point on 2014 – our best season ever.” 

The Ironman GNCC finale, one of the most popular and well-attended events on the annual 13-race schedule, was held on nearby farmland, complete with hills, creeks, mud, woods and a man-made MX course outside of Crawfordsville. Along with it’s dramatic championship story lines, Ironman is also hugely popular for its proximity to Halloween and because participants and fans wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness.

The AMSOIL GNCC side-by-side podium was made up of all Can-Am Maverick race teams. (From left) ZMS / Can-Am driver Zach Zakowski was second, JB Racing / Can-Am pilot Tim Farr won and Larry Hendershot Jr. took third to complete the XC1 Modified class and overall podium sweep in Indiana.

The AMSOIL GNCC side-by-side podium was made up of all Can-Am Maverick race teams. (From left) ZMS / Can-Am driver Zach Zakowski was second, JB Racing / Can-Am pilot Tim Farr won and Larry Hendershot Jr. took third to complete the XC1 Modified class and overall podium sweeps in Indiana.

 

With a 28-point lead heading into the final round, Kyle Chaney (Chaney Racing / Turnkey UTV / Can-Am) simply needed to finish in order to capture the XC1 Modified class championship, but he did much better than that. The Ohio native finished a very solid eighth in a field of almost 40 side-by-side vehicles, coming from 14th after lap one, to capture the first GNCC side-by-side racing title for Can-Am. He ended up winning by 24 points over second place.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet that we got the championship. It’s still unbelievable. I knew I would win it some day, I just needed a good team behind me to make it happen and that’s what Can-Am and the JB team has provided,” said Chaney. “This set up worked well for us this year and we will be going with the same one next season.”

Chaney wasn’t the only Can-Am Maverick 1000R racer making news at Ironman, as JB Racing / Can-Am driver Tim Farr (with co-pilot and GNCC WXC champion Angel Knox) won the final round to move into third place in the final class standings. Farr earned his third podium of the year and was joined on the class and overall podiums by ZMS / Can-Am racer Zac Zakowski and Hendershot Performance / Can-Am pilot Larry Hendershot Jr. Maverick 1000R drivers earned five of the top eight finishes in the XC1 Modified class. Can-Am also scored the XC2 Limited SxS class crown, as Marcus Pratt (Team Jack’s II / Can-Am) earned enough points at the Ironman GNCC to grab the season championship.

 

ATV Parts Plus / Can-Am Renegade racer Bryan Buckhannon won the first GNCC 4x4 Pro class by notching four wins and 12 podiums, including a solid second place run at the 2014 Ironman finale.

ATV Parts Plus / Can-Am Renegade racer Bryan Buckhannon won the first GNCC 4×4 Pro class by notching four wins and 12 podiums, including a solid second place run at the 2014 Ironman finale.

Can-Am ATV 4×4 racers were also dominant this season, winning all four 4×4 utility classes. Bryan Buckhannon earned the 4×4 Pro class championship, posting four victories and 12 podiums aboard his ATV Parts Plus / Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc. He edged fellow Renegade pilot and 2014 Ironman winner Kevin Trantham by 18 points. Trantham had four wins and nine podiums. BNR / Can-Am Renegade rider Rob Smith took third place in the 4×4 Pro class points and at Ironman, giving Can-Am a podium sweep on the year.

“It feels great to get the championship. It was a lot of work, but it paid off. The 4×4 Pro class raised the bar and I really wanted to win the class, so I came back [from retirement]. Now I think I have to race it one more year just to defend the title. I have to thank Can-Am and all of my sponsors for helping me make this happen, and hopefully we can do it again next season,” said Buckhannon.

 

Renegade 800R X xc racer Kevin Trantham won the 4x4 Pro class at Ironman. Although he had the same number of total wins as Buckhannon, Tratham ended up second overall in the class.

Renegade 800R X xc racer Kevin Trantham won the 4×4 Pro class at Ironman. Although he had the same number of total wins as Buckhannon, Tratham ended up second overall in the class.

2014 4×4 A/B class champion Tanner Bowles, Cory Bartlett and Michael Edwards ended the year 1-2-3 for Can-Am in the 4×4 A/B ranks. Terry Whitesides (4×4 Sr.) and Nick Eichelbeger (4×4 C) also ended up as 2014 class champions, competing on Renegade 4x4s.

For more information on 2014 Can-Am racing, the contingency program and all amateur racer support programs, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

 

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Zakowski Wins Iowa Racing Title With Can-Am Maverick

 Valcourt, Québec, October 15, 2014 – Zac Zakowski secured the 2014 Open UTV Championship in his Can-Am® Maverick™ 1000R X® xc at the Iowa ATV Hare Scramble Series (IATVHSS) finale in Carlisle, Iowa. Maverick 1000R racers also competed at the Best In The Desert (BITD) BlueWater Desert Challenge in Arizona, and the Texhoma Quad Racing Association (TQRA) ATV Pro Challenge in Texas.

Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot Zac Zakowski (right) and co-pilot Eric von Sprecken earned a fourth-place finish at the series finale to capture the 2014 IATVHSS Open UTV class title this past weekend in Carlisle, Iowa. (ZMS supplied image)

Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot Zac Zakowski (right) and co-pilot Eric von Sprecken earned a fourth-place finish at the series finale to capture the 2014 IATVHSS Open UTV class title this past weekend in Carlisle, Iowa. (ZMS supplied image)

“Zac Zakowski fought hard all season, battling back from a knee injury, to capture the UTV championship with his Zakowski Motorsports-backed Can-Am Maverick 1000R. Zac, his team and family showcase unmatched passion for off-road racing, their fellow racers and the Can-Am brand, and we’re so pleased to have such a devoted driver bring home a championship,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. Continue reading

Can-Am Maverick 1000R Racers Earn GNCC, TORN Wins

ATV and Side-By-Side Racers Tally Numerous Podiums

 

Valcourt, Québec, Oct. 8, 2014 – Can-Am® ATV and side-by-side racers earned five class wins and 15 total class podiums at the ITP Powerline Park Grand National Cross Country race in Ohio. Kyle Chaney topped the UTV overall podium in his Maverick™ 1000R, while Can-Am Renegade® 4×4 Pro class racers Bryan Buckhannon and Kevin Trantham both finished on the 10 a.m. session overall podium. Texas Off-Road Nationals and Can-Am racer Hunter Miller won both the ATV Pro and UTV Expert classes at round seven in Texas.

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Driver Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell have now won three straight races and notched four consecutive GNCC XC1 Modified class UTV podium finishes after their recent victory at the 2014 ITP Powerline Park GNCC in Ohio.

“It was a dominating weekend for team Can-Am and our racers at both the Powerline GNCC in Ohio and the TORN race in Texas. Class wins are always important in terms of winning championships, but anytime one of your racers makes the overall podium, like Kyle Chaney, Bryan Buckhannon and Kevin Trantham, it’s even better,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Hunter Miller won two classes in Texas to take the points lead in the ATV Pro class and move to within eight points of the UTV Expert class leader.”   Continue reading

Can-Am Endurance Racers Earn Numerous Wins, 2 Regional Titles

Hendershot Wins WEXCR, AWRCS Titles With Maverick 1000R Side-By-Side Vehicle

Can-Am GNCC Racers Win Five Morning Classes; Zakowski Dominant in Iowa

Valcourt, Québec, September 24, 2014 – The JB Off-Road / Hendershot Performance / Can-Am® X-Team recently captured two regional racing championships with its Maverick™1000R X® rs side-by-side vehicle. Can-Am ATV racers also won five morning classes, the morning overall and all four 4×4 classes, at round 11 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series in Pennsylvania. In Iowa, Zac Zakowski earned three wins racing his Can-Am ATV and side-by-side.

 

Can-Am Maverick Hendershot Performance JB Racing

(From left) Larry Hendershot Sr., Larry Jr., and JB Racing owner Jody Bateman won two side-by-side class titles together this year with their JB Off-Road / Hendershot Performance-backed Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs. (Photo supplied by Hendershot Performance)

“Hendershot Performance had a fabulous season, winning both the AWRCS UTV Open class championship and the WEXCR UTV title. Larry Hendershot Jr., and his team have done a spectacular job this season putting the Maverick in the spotlight,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “It was a good weekend for our ATV woods racers, as our team of GNCC 4×4 racers continued their championship chases by winning all four 4×4 classes at round 11 and Zac Zakowski put together a dominating weekend in Iowa.” Continue reading

Can-Am Teams Victorious at Heartland Challenge

Murray Racing Puts Maverick on Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno Podium

Valcourt, Québec, August 21, 2014 – Can-Am® ATV and side-by-side racers competed at the 2014 Heartland Challenge endurance race, the Vegas To Reno Best In The Desert series and round eight of the New England ATV Motocross series, earning podiums in all three events.

Open UTV Team Jack's / Can Amdrivers Marcus and Mouse Pratt won the Open UTV class and UTV overall with a time of 03:58:43 at the 2014 Heartland Challenge in Carlisle, Iowa.

Team Jack’s / Can Am drivers Marcus and Mouse Pratt won the Open UTV class and UTV overall with a time of 03:58:43 at the 2014 Heartland Challenge in Carlisle, Iowa.

“Our team of Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers had a busy-but-successful weekend across the US. The Murrays earned a hard-fought third-place finish in a very difficult Vegas-to-Reno race while our other sibling teams, in the Pratts and Millers, notched big wins in Iowa,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “From endurance racing in Iowa and the Nevada desert to motocross in Maine, our racers again proved Can-Am is an excellent choice for serious competitors.” Continue reading