Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 2, 2010 – William Yokley and his National Guard Polaris DragonFire Yokley Racing RANGER RZR S 800 took the GNCC “Open Modified” UTV Championship for the 2010 season.
“We would like to congratulate William and his team on an awesome side-by-side racing season,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris Racing. “It was a well-deserved championship win for one of the most dedicated racers in the industry. We are thrilled.”
Yokley needed a top 10 finish at Ironman in order to clinch the championship, but nothing in racing ever comes easy. After starting strong in third place, on the third lap, the steering wheel started to loosen due to the hold down bolts backing out. It got progressively worse until the wheel almost came off. The team stopped at their pit area, and got a ratchet and socket to tighten it down. The bolts had worn the loose steering wheel to the point that they would not stay tight. As the team raced through the corn fields, co-pilot, Kevin McNutt would hand Yokley the ratchet to retighten the bolts. With the time lost in the pits and slowing of the pace, the team finished in Ninth place and sealed the championship.
“It was a hard fought battle all year long as the competition in the GNCC keeps getting stiffer, but my RANGER RZR S 800 provided me the performance and reliability to go out and bring home the championship,” said William Yokley. “A special thanks goes out to Polaris Industries and the rest of the National Guard Team sponsors!”
Yokley Racing sponsors are: The Army National Guard, Polaris Industries, DragonFire Racing, Kenda Tires, Monavie, EXIT Suspension, Roll Design, XC Bob’s, Douglas Wheel Technology, Motoworks Exhaust Systems, Moto Pro Training, SHIFT Riding Gear, Tsubaki Chains, IMS/Roll, CV4 Hoses, ATVRiders.com, Tireballs, Precision Racing Products, G-4 Graphics, Andrews Cycle, Powermadd, SCOTT USA Goggles, PURE Polaris Lubricants & Fuels, Intense Fabrication & Design, IMS, Hygh Octane Designs, Bowers Motorsports, TanTerra Wines and Tusk Off-Road.
With annual 2009 sales of $1.6 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.