Minneapolis – It would seemingly be difficult to eclipse the 22 wins Polaris RZR Factory Racing generated in its dominating 2017 season. But with Brandon Schueler’s Jagged X Racing victory at this past weekend’s GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Casey Folks Parker 250, it appears that recreational side-by-side category creator and leader is setting out to do just that. Along with Schueler’s win in the turbo class, Polaris RZR Factory Racing picked up two more wins within the production desert and short course classes.
In the first Best in the Desert (BITD) race of the year, Schueler looked to continue his momentum, coming off two straight wins at the Baja 1000 and the Pahrump Nugget 250. Armed with a new paint job and fuel from the win streak, Scheuler led the field, finishing in first place.
“It was awesome to ring in the New Year with a first-place finish,” Schueler said. “With the Parker 250 win, that makes it three in a row right now and we can’t be happier.”
With 43 wins and 129 podiums within the last two years, RZR Factory Racing continues to outperform the competition in desert racing. Last season alone, RZR racers took four of six championships between SCORE and BITD, claiming two wins at the Mint 400, a podium sweep and two wins at the Baja 500, and finished the season strong with three wins at the Pahrump Nugget 250. Highlighting an epic year was Schueler and Team Jagged X Racing’s clenching the win at the 50th running of the SCORE Baja 1000.
“Backed by an enormous level of momentum after the incredibly successful 2017 season, Team RZR is back and ready to dominate the desert once again,” said Matt Boone, marketing director at Polaris. “We are confident 2018 will prove to be another milestone year for Polaris RZR, the largest factory-backed program in all of off-road racing.”
Looking ahead to 2018, Polaris RZR’s competitive presence will be bigger and better than ever with new roster additions, making it the largest racing team in the industry. Team RZR is determined to reclaim the BITD Turbo championship as well as successfully defend as many of its 62 2017 podiums as possible.
This past weekend’s BITD race took place in Parker, AZ, officially kicking off the 2018 desert racing season.