|Holz / Coastal Polaris RZR XP|
KIGER & HOLZ POST A WIN AT THE GREAT AMERICAN OFF-ROAD RACE
Lynden, Washington (March 26, 2013) – 1 year later, redemption comes to the Coastal/Holz BITD Team at the 2013 Mint 400. Every desert team out there has the same story, we were leading, we were going to win it, if only for that one problem. Same goes for Coastal/ Holz. In last years event, the team started from the back and by the end of lap 1, had stretched it to a 7 minute lead. Then after a quick pit stop they headed out and right into a catastrophic off course excur¬sion that ended the day and caused a miss of some of the biggest points of the season.
Fast forward to 2013. 6:00 am and 41˚ but the same story — start from the back and head out into the dust on the rough, rock strewn course outside Jean, Nevada. This time Scott Kiger would take the first lap. Kiger suffered a flat crossing one of the huge dry lake beds on the legendary Mint course. With a quick tire change by co-driver Tyler King the #1934 was back underway and working toward the front and the BF Goodrich tires performed flawlessly for the rest of the day surviving the rock strewn Mint 400 course. “This car is really working great. The Kroyer motor pulls great. Across the lake beds and up through the washes it just keeps pulling.” said Scott Kiger.
Coming into the pits at the end of lap one, Kiger had done exactly what he set out to do: drive a solid smart race, not tear up the car and hand it over to Mark Holz in one piece. If there is anything can be said about the Mint course is that it can destroy your day quick. Get slightly off line in the dust and you could be rolling headlong into a boulder ready to tear your front end off. Patience, perseverance and drive is what it takes to win this beast.
At main pit, Kiger pulled in for a driver/co-driver change. Mark Holz and Rob Utendorfer climbed in and headed out for the final lap. Back underway on course the #1934 worked it’s way through other class cars and settled into a solid pace. With the clean air in front of them, Holz started to close the gap on the physical leader, the #1944 Arctic Cat Wildcat of Stephensen. After running down the Wildcat, Holz passed it and started to put time on it. At that point it was about driving smart and smooth. “I can’t say enough good things about this Polaris RZR XP 900. We feel really good about our setup. We have a really well balanced car that just eats up the course. Our Walker Evans shocks are the key to this — from deep sand whoops to high-speed flyaways the car just works great.” said Mark Holz.
|Holz / Coastal Polaris RZR XP|
The #1934 kept cruising along at conservative pace and continued to make time. Rolling across the finish line, the Coastal/Holz car fin¬ished the two-lap, 200 mile battle in 4:40:17 almost twenty minutes ahead of the second place finisher and with an almost 3 mph faster average speed finishing up with a 42.8 mph average. When Holz rolled it up on top of the box, Kiger was there waiting to hose him down with a bottle of champagne.
“We’re really excited about this win. It’s nice to get out here and con¬quer the roughest course of the year and win this Polaris sponsored event.” said Holz from the champagne-soaked cockpit of the #1934.
Next up the HRP UTV Racers will be ready to do battle for next round of WORCS Series April 19th in Hurricane, UT, the Coastal GNCC team will be ready for the Big Buck in Union, SC on April 20th, while Mark Holz and Scott Kiger’s Coastal/Holz RZR XP will compete at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 on May 5th.
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