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.”

 

Team Murray Racing / Can-Am / ITP racers and brothers Derek and Jason Murray claimed third in the 1900 P class at the 2014 General Tire BITD Vegas-To-Reno race in Nevada.

Team Murray Racing / Can-Am / ITP racers and brothers Derek and Jason Murray claimed third in the 1900 P class at the 2014 General Tire BITD Vegas-To-Reno race in Nevada.

Heartland Challenge

The 2014 Heartland Challenge endurance race in Carlisle, Iowa, featured classes for side-by-sides and both 4×4 and sport ATVs. Three classes (800cc, 900cc and Open) of side-by-sides competed during a four-hour format, while the ATVs, which included Pro, Series Challenge, 4×4, Ironman, Women’s and age classes ran for 10 hours.

Marcus and Mouse Pratt of Team Jack’s Excavating / Can-Am won the UTV Open class in their Maverick. The Pratt brothers excelled during the four-hour side-by-side portion of the Heartland Challenge, winning their class and taking the overall victory as well. The team didn’t get the best start and ended up taking a wrong line, which ultimately forced them to make up time. However, they stayed focused, remained patient and meticulously picked off competitors one at a time on their way to the front.

Brothers Marcus and Mouse Pratt of Team Jack’s Excavating / Can-Am won the UTV Open class in their Maverick at the Heartland Challenge in Iowa.

Brothers Marcus and Mouse Pratt of Team Jack’s Excavating / Can-Am won the UTV Open class in their Maverick at the Heartland Challenge in Iowa.

 

“We had a hiccup at the beginning, but we just took our time and started picking them off one at a time and conserving our vehicle. The Maverick was unbelievable today, and between Mouse and it, they were a force to be reckoned with today,” said Marcus Pratt.

Hunter Miller and Cody Miller (Louis Powersports / Can-Am) competed In the ATV Series Challenge class, representing Team Texas Quad Racing Association (TQRA). The two-man team won their class and ended up second overall, logging 36 laps in a time of 10:11.01.

“We had an awesome race. Our Can-Am DS 450s ran great with Elka shocks. We just tried to keep it consistent, because it got a little rough at the end. We got the lead after about eight laps and just ran a good race and took the win,” said Cody Miller.

Cody Miller and his brother Hunter teamed up to win the ATV Series Challenge class and take second overall aboard their Can-Am DS 450 ATVs at the annual Iowa endurance race.

Cody Miller and his brother Hunter teamed up to win the ATV Series Challenge class and take second overall aboard their Can-Am DS 450 ATVs at the annual Iowa endurance race.

Team Trantham (Kevin Trantham and Mike Edwards) claimed the 4×4 Pro class win for Can-Am and took fourth overall out of 70 teams. The team led the 4×4 pro class from start to finish, and ran so well that they used the same Outlander for all 10 hours. The Hicklin Elite team claimed second in the 4×4 Pro class on a Renegade 4×4.

The Pro 4x4 Utility podium was an all-Can-Am affair, featuring: Trantham Racing (win, center), Team Hicklin Elite (right) and Team Leers Cycle Center.

The Pro 4×4 Utility
podium was an all-Can-Am affair, featuring: Trantham Racing (win, center), Team Hicklin Elite (right) and Team Leers Cycle Center.

 

BITD Vegas To Reno

The No.1917 Murray Racing / Can-Am Maverick piloted by brothers Derek and Jason Murray, claimed third in the 1900 P class at the 2014 General Tire BITD Vegas-To-Reno race. The Murrays compiled a time 25 minutes faster than their winning time of a year ago, but the 2014 V2R course was more challenging and competition more fierce.

Derek Murray started in 18th and covered the first 200 miles rather easily, picking off roughly 10 other teams along the way. Jason took control from there and, over the course of 200 miles, put the team into third place. With Derek back behind the wheel, the team held onto the No. 3 spot all the way to the finish. It was the Murray’s best BITD finish of the year.

“The Can-Am Maverick ran great out there, especially with all the elevation changes,” said Jason Murray. “It feels great to get a third-place finish with this race counting for double points. It really gives our team a good boost of motivation for the rest of the racing season.”

 

NEATV-MX 8

The NEATV-MX series stopped at MX207 in Lyman, Maine, for round eight, a rain make-up date. Can-Am racers Travis Moore, the defending Pro class champion, and Mike Troiano both scored podiums. Travis Moore tallied 4-3 moto finishes for third place in the Pro class, allowing him to keep his points lead. Troiano returned to the NEATV-MX series after taking a personal break. He notched his first Pro-Am overall victory with a 2-1 scorecard.

Mike Troiano returned to NEATV-MX action this past weekend and posted a 2-1 moto scorecard to win the Pro-Am class at round eight in Maine.

Mike Troiano returned to NEATV-MX action this past weekend and posted a 2-1 moto scorecard to win the Pro-Am class at round eight in Maine.

“It’s super exciting to be able to get my first overall win and especially on the Can-Am, which I love racing. This year has been super hard on me. I just needed some personal time to take off from racing and recoup, and it showed here today,” said Troiano.

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

 

Racing scenes photographed during an organized race involving highly skilled operators under controlled conditions. Do not attempt.

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