Can-Am ATV and Side-by-Side racers notches six class wins!! They swept the morning 4×4 podium and several championships at the 2013 AMSOIL Ironman Grand National Cross County series finale in Indiana. Tim and Julie Farr of the JB Racing / Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs team won the XC1 Modified UTV class at the finale for its 1st overall of 2013! Logan Gastel piloting his Can-Am Commander won his class at the DWT Pure 400 race to earn the 2013 AVE Racing Pure series SxS Pro Production 1000 class championship.
“Can-Am racers had a fabulous finish at the GNCC series finale, winning six classes, including the XC1 UTV Pro class by JB Racing’s Tim Farr. Winning the overall at Ironman was a great way to cap our first GNCC season with the Maverick 1000R,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “I applaud Can-Am 4×4 pilots Bryan Buckhannon, Michael Swift, Kevin Trantham and Forrest Whorton on their GNCC 4×4 championships and also Logan Gastel and Aaron Juarez for their 1-2 finish in the Pure racing series.”
Tim Farr (JB Racing / Can-Am Maverick Team) and wife/co-pilot Julie Farr piloted their Can-Am Maverick 1000r to win the XC1 Modified class and UTV overall at the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, IN. It was the first victory of the season for Mr. & Mrs. Farr, but the second overall win for the JB Racing / Can-Am team. Farr, starting from row three, held the lead aft her first lap. Riding a steady race he captured his first win with the Maverick 1000R in 2013. He dominated by more than 40 seconds over second place! Farr finished the year in 6th place overall in the XC1 UTV class. Alongside the Farr’s, Stuart Week and Devon Steedley of the NC Powersports / Performance East / Can-Am team also records top 10 XC1 class finishes in Indiana.
“The JB Off-road Can-Am team rallied, and put us in the best Maverick we’ve raced all season. It was fast, handled great and ran flawlessly, allowing us to come from a third-row start and lead every lap to take the win. It was a perfect finish to the season and a huge confidence and momentum builder going into 2014,” said Farr.
Michael Swift (Team UXC Racing) and Rob Smith (BNR) Can-Am Renegade 800R xc U2 class pilots entered the Ironman GNCC finale separate by JUST 3 POINTS! Taking off where they left off, the continued their battle with Indiana setting the new stage. In the first lap Swift was riding in 2nd place but overtook the lead on lap 2 and NEVER LOOKED BACK! Swift posted his 8th U@ class victory of the year and won by 3 points over Smith.
“My Can-Am Renegade 800 X xc performed its very best today at final round of GNCC. We claimed our sixth national championship. I would like to thank BRP and all my 2013 sponsors for a great season of racing,” said Swift.
Also on the 4×4 podium, Kevin Trantham who tailed 12 wins in a row in his 4×4 Lites Championship run.
Champion Bryan Buckhannon Outlander 800 R and 4×4 Open class completed his PERFECT season, WINNING ALL 13 RACES this year! WOW! During his podium presentation Buckhannon announces he would no longer compete full time on an ATV.
“Winning every round this season really shows the reliability of the Can-Am, and I couldn’t thank my mechanic, Charlie Johnson, enough,” said Buckhannon. “I’m super excited about committing myself 100 percent to racing the Maverick next year.”
Senior 4×4 (40+) Can-Am racer Forrest Whorton piloted his Outlander 4×4 to second place at Ironman to earn the class championship. Can-Am pilot Terry Whiteside won the class. Cory Bartlett, who was racing a Can-Am for the first time, won the 4×4 Novice class.
Logan Gastel (Murray Racing / Can-Am) in California City, CA at the DWT PURE 400 won the SxS Pro Production class and took 2nd place in the SxS overall on his Commander 1000 X to the 2013 championship! He was joined on the podium by Aaron Juarez (Murray Racing / Can-Am) who took 2nd place.
The Pure 400 consisted of 2 separate 200-mile races and offered 3 SxS classes. During the 1st 200-miles session Gastel finished 3rd in his class. He trailed Juarez and another racer going into the 2nd 200-miles session. Gastel taking the edge over Juarez in the 2nd session won by 3 points! 193 to 190 for the class victory!! His win, and 4 other podium finishes, propelled Gastel to the Pro Production class title.
“We have managed to come out on top in points with our 2012 Can-Am Commander. It has been a long, tough-fought series for my team,” said Gastel. “For the 2014 Pure series, I would like to return to defend our title in our new Can-Am Maverick.”