Chad George races the #1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx to another WIN.
Photo by Joey DiGiovanni for UTVunderground.com
Rialto, CA (September 28, 2011) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad George brings the heat with 2 WINS and a second place, while taking the SuperLite Championship points lead, during the late-summer inferno in Surprise, Arizona for Rounds 11 & 12 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.
Chad George races the #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama Tires/LazerStar SuperLite Championship truck
Photo by SuperLite Championship
The ultra competitive SuperLite Championship has proven to be a true drivers class, but on Friday, Chad George put another stamp of approval on his resume as he qualified second amongst 13 other fierce drivers in his #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama Tires truck. This also marked his sixth time qualifying in the Top-2 this season.
While this Monster Energy Kawasaki athlete was pumped up for a great start on Saturday, Chad learned his #1 fan and Grandma, Geri George, suffered a heart attack at the track. With a roller coaster of emotions, Chad placed his thoughts and prayers with Grandma while turning on his inner-demon when it was time to drop the helmet visor.
Saturday morning started with the UTV modified race and it was sure to be a challenge as the #1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx
has been searching for top finishes in these final championship rounds. With the same 100% attack-the-track attitude, Chad drove the #1 C&G Performance tuned Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx past his competition, and right to the top of the podium for his third UTV Modified victory this year.
As Saturday’s SuperLite Championship launched into action, the sweltering heat created a hard, dry, blue-groove track and the Yokohama Trackside Technicians chose the perfect Yokohama Geolander ATS tire combination to get Chad’s race machine to the front. Chad commented, “It took me 3 laps just to set-up a single pass, it was very difficult but patience and consistency was key.” After the competition-yellow flag marked the half-way point, Chad pushed the Lazer Star LED equipped #42 Kawasaki/Bull Outdoor Products truck into every turn with precision, and stealing the second place podium finish from the current points leader.
With Grandma Geri still in the Arizona hospital, Chad looked toward Sunday’s Round 12 as an opportunity to slaughter the competition with a statement of “Strength and Survival” for his #1 fan. The morning started out great with the #1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx leading the pack of hungry wolves until a steering component gave way, forcing Chad out of contention. Chad commented, “Its unfortunate to have such a fast Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx and have something like this happen. All of these UTV Modifieds are pushed to the limit, it’s really an endurance race we are all fighting to win. We won yesteday, we’ll be ready to win again at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.”
As the temperature creeped up under the blue skies of Arizona, the SuperLite Championship race was set to kick off for Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. Chad had already put the UTV race behind him and had his sights set on one thing, WINNING. With a comfortable second-row starting position, Chad took the green flag and drove his own race for 6 laps, keeping clear of the chaos all around him. After the half-way point, Chad took a spectacular green-flag restart toward the front, quickly passing 2 trucks in a tangle, and leading the 14 truck field. Chad continued to punish the King Shocks equipped #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama Tires truck off every jump until he launched through the checkered flag claiming his second SuperLite Championship victory of 2011. The WIN also boosted Chad into the series points lead marking him as the current target for 2011 SuperLite Champion.
“I’d like to dedicate this weekend to my Grandma Geri. She’s the reason why this Funco Motorsports family is here and thriving, but NOW it’s going to be even harder to keep up with her, she has a new high performance Pacemaker! A big Thank You to all of my sponsors and fans for allowing me to do what I love.” – Chad George
Chad holds his 1st place trophy, two wins and one 2nd place for the weekend.
Photo by Joey DiGiovanni for UTVunderground.com
Watch for SuperLite Championship television coverage on CBS and SPEED channels throughout the 2011 season and join Chad at Rounds 13 & 14 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5-6. You can also join Chad on Facebook and Twitter (@chadgeorgesxs)
Chad George Kawasaki SuperLite Partners:
Kawasaki Motor Corp, Funco, Yokohama, Bull Outdoor Products, Beard, Simpson Racing, King Shocks, Lazer Star, California Performance, UTVunderground.com
Chad George Kawasaki Teryx UTV Partners:
Monster Energy Kawasaki, Funco, C&G Performance Beard, King Shocks, Simpson Racing, Muzzy’s, DWT Racing, Dalton Clutch, UTVunderground.com
About Funco Motorsports: Founded by Gil George over 30 years ago, FUNCO Motorsports is the leading manufacture of high performance sand, off-road cars and custom UTV’s . Their unique designs and family oriented service has sold over 400 Big 5 Model cars and their entry into the UTV market has been explosive too. With 4 consecutive championships, FUNCO Motorsports has proven that their experience on the track translates into quality, race-proven products for all UTV enthusiasts www.funcoutv.com
About Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.: ATVs, Motorcycles, Utility Vehicles, Watercraft and Power Products are just some of the unique consumer products that have made the Kawasaki brand a household name around the world. From the class leading Ninja® sportbikes and thundering Vulcan™ cruisers to the rugged Brute Force™ ATVs, MULE™ utility vehicles and JET SKI® watercraft, Kawasaki products lead the powersports industry around the globe. The secret of Kawasaki’s success is in designing and manufacturing products that offer balanced performance, high quality, reliability and excellent fit and finish. So take a look at what Kawasaki has to offer you in the way of Leading Edge products! www.kawasaki.com
About SuperLite Championship: The SuperLite Championship Series features extensive national and international exposure through the Lucas Oil Series television package, which airs on such broadcast TV neworks as SpeedTV, NBC Sports, Outdoor Channel, Versus, Juntos Podemos and MavTV. The SuperLite Championship has secured an exclusive presence on its own dedicated TV show on the Outdoor Channel, providing comprehensive coverage of the off-road races, the sponsors, the trucks and the drivers. www.superlitechampionship.com
About Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series: The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, LOORRS brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information please visit LucasOilOffRoad.com
Follow us at:
UTVGuide.net Blog or on Facebook