California City, CA – June 22, 2016 – AVE/BAJA PROMOTIONS Race promoter Lou Peralta, reports that Baja Designs announced that it is sponsoring three of the top UTV racers in the sport to be at the upcoming, BAJA DESIGNS Presents, “THE NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME” UTV Race scheduled for July 16, 2016, Starting at 8 p.m., in Cal-City.
Dan Eckardt Marketing Manager/Sponsorships for Baja Designs is sponsoring, Braden Sims, Jacob Shaw and recent Mint 400 and Baja 500 winner, Wayne Matlock, to the night race held in California City, which is part of the 2016 PURE UTV OFF-ROAD DESERT SERIES.
The July 16 race promises to be a hotly contested battle between series top notch drivers such as Cain Smead, Bradley Howe, Josh Westling and series Points leader Kent Perkins who will be going after his fourth Overall and Pro 1000 Class wins, going against some of the best drivers in the BITD and SCORE series..
The PURE UTV SERIES is a GPS-based series where the Navigator has now an equal part in the success of the team. Limited course markings and arrows are used on the entire 21.6-mile course so it’s up to the Navigator to stay on top of the course and direct the driver accordingly. In recent races, many of the competitors have credited their wins and their high placings to the job of their individual Navigator to get them to the finish line. One racer commented that he has never driven harder and more exact as he did at the last race, as he followed his Navigator’s directions to the teeth.
Branden Sims is no stranger to the AVE events as he has raced them on several occasions. He is currently a factory backed racer for Polaris RZR, who recently has been competing on the BTD, SCORE, and King of the Hammer events. He is definitely a top-notch contender as in the last few seasons he has amassed tremendous finishes in the 2014 Baja 500, where he placed 2nd in Class, in the 2014 Baja 1000 where he took the top spot, and in the 2015 UTV World Championships, where he landed as the Overall winner. And if that weren’t enough he finished 2nd at the KOH and 1st in Class in the prestigious 2016 Mint 400 a few months back.
Jacob Shaw, who has been a privateer racer in the 2015 UTV World Championships in Short Course, and has amassed as many as 17 podium finishes out of 20 races. The factory-backed Shaw is now branching out into desert races with the Polaris RZR Turbo.
The third marquee-racer to join the AVE/BP night race is Wayne Matlock, who has a solid desert history. A few of his notable recent finishes are 2015 Baja 1000 Overall UTV, 2nd place at the 2016 Mint 400 and 2016 Baja 500, where he won in the factory-backed Polaris RZR.
As you can see, it’s going to be a “no-holds-barred” romp through the desert night on a twenty-one-mile-plus course that has a bit of everything in it. Just to keep people on their toes, Race Director, Alan Bell stated, “the first two and a half miles will be technical and slow, while the mid-race course will offer very fast whooped sections.” Still the race is not finished or the lap completed until you covered the last mile and a half of the course. Fortunately, for pitters and officials the entire 21-mile-plus course is laid out within a five-mile radius for easy access and easy chase.
This marks the fourth event of the six-event 2016 Series that is sure to set off some alarms. The weather should be in the mid-eighties as the first vehicle takes off at exactly 8 p.m. from the Alta Vista Ranch starting area. Earlier in the day, a “drawing” will take place for starting positions, with each vehicle leaving on 30-second intervals.
First vehicle/racer to complete seven laps will get the Checkered flag, signaling the end of the event. All others thereafter will also get the Checkered flag and their laps will be counted accordingly. Even if you have not completed all seven laps, you will be considered a finisher of the event.
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