UTV Competition Heats Up In Baja


What do you do when an off-road series opens a new competition class and you have a free weekend and the perfect vehicle to take part? Go racing, of course.

Polaris regional sales manager Matt Parks and Scorpion Sports exec Eric Anderson did just that, and made history when they piloted their Polaris Ranger to a win during the inaugural UTV class race at the SCORE Tecate Baja 250.

The UTV class at the SCORE Tecate Baja 250 consisted of five utility vehicles; only two finished. Parks and Anderson started 439 out of a total of 440 entrants. Although they finished 122nd overall, the team crossed the finish line in six hours, 59 minutes and 20 seconds, a good 51 minutes ahead of the next UTV class finisher.

The Ranger race team consisted of Parks and Anderson as drivers, and Ken Kilgore and Travis Wuertz as co-drivers.

Performance modifications to the Ranger include a high-volume air cleaner, a FMF pipe-and-clutch package, a suspension featuring chromoly front control arms and new shocks created by Walker Evans Racing, and OMF/Douglas wheels with bead locks and Maxxis Bighorn tires with Slime.

Parks plans to race the Baja 500 with the Ranger in June.