The inaugural Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Desert Classic in Laughlin, Nevada, Feb. 20-22, 2015, drew UTV and Polaris owners, quad lovers and motorcycle addicts from around the world. Participants didn’t need to race a Polaris in order to gain a competitive edge, but considering it was the only UTV to make it into the race title, plenty of adoration was directed toward this particular brand. The event is the newest race in the Best in the Desert Series, backed by MedMedia.
The three-day festival kicked off with a family poker run on Friday, while the big race day took place on Saturday. In order to qualify, racers had to be members of Best In The Desert, an off-road racing organization. However, the family friendly event offered plenty of entertainment for spectators and racers alike. Some of the events included UTV factory demo rides, moto/quad staging, youth production staging, UTV clinics, pro BITD UTV staging and more.
The grand prize was a Polaris RZR valued at $20,000, but a number of consolation prizes, including cash, were also on the line. In total, prizes were valued at just over $100,000, with 122 UTVs participating. Hundreds of spectators, fans and supporters were also in attendance, spending hours perusing the vendor shops and cheering on the UTV parades. Demo rides from Polaris were particularly popular at the event, and it’s likely that brand-new Polaris “love affairs” began at this exciting event.
Some of the top UTV racers in the world were on hand to sign autographs, share stories and advice, and to support what will likely become one of the most anticipated and attended UTV racing events in the United States. However, what everyone wanted to know was who the big winners were. These top racers set the bar high for subsequent years and have the pride of knowing they were the first champions.
The grand prize was awarded to a Factory Polaris driver, Branden Sims. While other drivers put forth a valiant effort, Sims led the pack from the very first lap. In second place was Christina Perkins, a relatively new female ambassador of UTV racing. During the 90 minutes of adrenaline-packed racing, another major contender emerged: Jacob Shaw and his Magnum Off-Road Polaris RZR XP1000. Shaw won the Holz Racing Product Production Championship.
Youth winners included Seth Quintero in a Magnum Off-Road Polaris RZR 170. From the incredible sponsors, including The Food Network’s Guy Fieri, who hosted drivers at his local restaurant, to country music singer Alan Jackson performing nearby for afterhours entertainment, the successful inaugural event that already has racers and fans gearing up for 2016. UTV Windshields and Accessories is the Salt Lake City’s go-to spot for all the extras for your UTV. Start getting yours in shape now for next year’s Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Desert Classic.