POWERSPORTS LIGHTING and accessories provider PIAA Corp. has teamed up with the World Off-Road Championship Racing Series to host WORCS' first ever PIAA 8-Hour UTV/ATV Endurance Race, PIAA Powersports Business Unit Manager Gordon Robertson says. The event will be held Jan. 12, 2008, at Speedworld Raceway in Surprise, Ariz., and will feature racing for a variety of UTV and ATV classes.
PIAA will be the presenting sponsor, providing financial support and offering a contingency program to encourage racers to use PIAA halogen and HID lighting products — the race starts at 4 p.m. and finishes at midnight.
While there are a handful of ATV endurance races in the U.S. (such as the 12 Hours of ATV America each fall), the PIAA 8-Hour will be the first time an endurance race will include the popular UTV classes. "UTV racers will have the opportunity to prove who is the fastest as well as the toughest," Robertson says.
It will be a standard endurance event with teams racing nonstop for eight hours around a 5-mile loop that starts on the Speedworld motocross circuit then heads out into the Arizona desert. There will be separate overall winners for both divisions, UTV and ATV.
For UTVs, racing classes include Unlimited, Modified, Stock, and Ironman/woman; for ATVs, classes will be Pro A, B, and C; Women's Pro A and B; Veterans 30+; Masters 40+; and Ironman/Woman.
Overall finishers will be awarded $1,000 for first, $500 for second, $250 for third. In addition, each class winner will receive $250. To be eligible, vehicles must use PIAA HID or Halogen lamps and run PIAA decals.
For entry and class information, plus rules and regulations, visit worcsracing.com or call (435) 635-1597; for details on all PIAA products, see piaapowersports.com.