Shingle Springs, CA (February 3, 2010) – The Pit Bull Tires UTV King of the Hammers race will be held on Thursday February 11th, 2010 in Johnson Valley, CA and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx is finally ready to race. The Teryx will be driven by Reid Nordin of Kawasaki Team Green with spotter duties falling on Jon Crowley.
This year’s UTV race will be approximately 60 miles long and includes dry lake beds, sand dunes, desert roads and extreme rock crawling all in one race. “Although this race is shorter than many other desert races, the combination of terrain make it very challenging,” commented Jon Crowley, owner of the #1965 Kawasaki Teryx. “This race takes its toll on a UTV, and I think our unique build is well suited to take it on.”
After competing is last year’s exhibition UTV race, Crowley raced in one Valley Off-Road Racing Association race before embarking on a complete ground up build for this years King of the Hammers UTV race. The frame was stripped down to the main chassis rails that hold the engine and differentials. Then Roggy Enterprises built the custom chassis and roll cage that incorporate Fox’s new 2.0 position sensitive shocks and Funco long travel suspension.
The heart of the #1965 Kawasaki Teryx is a 840cc v-twin with ported heads, big valves, billet throttle bodies and Pro Pipe from Muzzys Performance Products. All the intricate aluminum, wiring and finish assembly was done by Motorsports Fabrications Services (MFS).
“As you can imagine, tires and wheels take a beating and that is why we teamed up with DragonFire Racing and Pit Bull Tires,” commented Crowley. The brand new Rocker XOR from Pit Bull Tires combines strength and agility with its 8 ply radial and super deep, soft lugs that grip the rocks. And DragonFire Racing’s Baja Crippler beadlock wheels not only look good, but have super stout inner reinforcing and beadlock rings.
As the driver of record and winner in the UTV class at the 2009 Baja 500 and Baja 1000, Reid Nordin is very capable behind the wheel of a Kawasaki Teryx. “Reid and I have been on several rides together including Moab, the Rubicon and the Grand Canyon. He is a good friend, and a consistent and methodical racer. I am really looking forward to getting to the start line to have some fun.”
More information about the Pit Bull King of the Hammers UTV Race can be found at: www.kingofthehammers.com.
Sponsors of the #1965 Kawasaki Teryx:
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing, Roggy Enterprises, Muzzys Performance Products, Fox Racing Shox, Pit Bull Tires, Unisteer, Motorsports Fabrication Services, Funco, DragonFire Racing, Factory UTV, MSD Ignition, Dalton Industries, Rugged Race Products, Simpson Racing, Beard, Rigid Industries, Black Rhino Performance, Baja Designs, Warn, DASA Racing, aFe and Palmer Signs
More information on the build can be found at: http://utvguide.net/teryx_race.htm