Valcourt, Québec, March 3, 2015 – BRP has announced its team of ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers for the 2015 season. After the most successful off-road racing season in history, which saw Can-Am racers earn premier class championships with both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles all across North America, BRP remains dedicated to off-road racing, with its Can-Am X-team and Can-Am racing contingency and amateur support programs.
“We had the most successful Can-Am off-road racing season ever in 2014, which was highlighted by championships in SCORE International (Class 19), the GNCC SxS XC1 and SxS XC2 class titles and all four 4×4 classes. We captured numerous championships in several different racing disciplines, from motocross to hare scrambles to endurance events and want to continue this level excellence with our 2015 team,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “The Can-Am team is full of dedicated and highly skilled off-road racers who strive to be the best in their respective series and sport.”
Can-Am will have racers competing in several national racing series and at select regional events in both the United States and Canada. Can-Am racers will be competing in the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series in both side-by-side and 4×4 ATV racing classes. Kyle Chaney, winner of three events last year and the 2014 GNCC SxS XC1 Modified UTV class champion, will be joined in the Pro class by six other Can-Am Maverick pilots. Those Can-Am drivers include, Team JB Racing / Houser Racing’s Tim Farr and Larry Hendershot Jr., Marcus and Shannon “Mouse” Pratt of Jack’s Excavating, Zakowski Motor Sports pilot Zac Zakowski and Treavis Poynter of Offroad Motorsports. Racers “Digger” Doug Gust, Mike Penland and Rich Travalena Jr. will also compete for the SxS XC2 Limited title for the Can-Am X-team in 2015.
In the 4×4 ATV ranks, Can-Am X-Team members include reigning Pro 4×4 class title holder and multitime GNCC champion Bryan Buckhannon, as well as veteran Rob Smith, Jordan Phillips, and Tanner Bowles will all compete on Renegade 800R X xc ATVs.
In the desert, brothers Derek and Jason Murray will again compete in a Can-Am Maverick side-by-side in both the Best In The Desert and SCORE International racing series. One of the pioneers of side-by-side racing, Cory Sappington, will also take on the BITD and SCORE events with his Desert Toyz Maverick. Dustin Jones of S3 Powersports, Logan Gastel and Michael Lansky will compete in the BITD series with the Murrays and Sappington. Ken Benson will compete in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series for Can-Am.
The World Off-Road Championship Series Can-Am team will be comprised of four drivers and three teams. Kyle Melville and Gilbert Flores will make up the Del Amo Motorsports / Can-Am team. WORCS veteran Dave Martinez will compete in a Murray Racing / ITP / Can-Am-backed Maverick Turbo X ds. Matt Hancock will also drive for the Can-Am X-Team.
Brothers Hunter and Cody Miller will compete in Maverick Turbo side-by-side vehicles and Cody Taylor on an ATV in the Texas Off-Road Nationals ATV series.
Can-Am will also have representation in the Championship Mud Racing series with its Gorilla Axle / Can-Am squad and solo compeititors Shane Dowden, John Soileau and Seth Russell.
Pro Jeffrey Rastrelli (JB Racing / Can-Am), who won the Pro-Am division title in 2014, will represent Can-Am aboard a DS 450 ATV in the Pro class at the AMA sanctioned 2015 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series.
BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3 billion from 105 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,100 people worldwide. www.brp.com