|Bi-Polar Racing’s Arctic Cat Prowler 1000
UTV of the Month forNovember 2008
The finish line at the 41st Annual SCORE Baja 1000 was as dramatic as it was historic. Racing a pair of stock Arctic Cat Prowlers, the Bi-Polar/Arctic Cat team beat the brutal conditions to finish first and second place in the worlds longest, continuous off-road race. It was the first time in race history a side-by-side UTV vehicle has finished what is widely regarded as the most grueling off-road race in the world.
Jim Creagan and co-driver Tim Waggoneer drove the winning UTV for the first 409 miles of the race, then handed the wheel to Chris Fallon and co-driver Aaron Bahner for the final 222 miles. It took 27 hours, 57 minutes and 20 seconds to finish. They averaged 22.6 mph.
We were the first-time finishers and first-time winners in this greatest of all races because of a total team effort, said Bi-Polar team co-owner and driver Jim Creagan of Yacott, Wash. From start-to-finish, every person fulfilled their role perfectly and each Prowler performed magnificently.Finishing first in the 634-mile race with a time of 27 hours and 57 minutes was a stock 2009 Prowler XTZ 1000 driven by Creagan and co-pilot Tim Wagner for the first 409 miles, followed by driver/co-driver Chris Fallon and Aaron Bahner for the remainder of the course.
What is unique about the Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 that the Bi-Polar Racing Team raced, is how close to stock the vehicle remained. Other than the required safety equipment, they added lights, shocks, tires and wheels. Most vehicles that enter the Baja 1000 have many more modifications.
It was just the second attempt at the Baja 1000 for the Bi-Polar/Arctic Cat team. In 2007 they made it to mile-810 before succumbing to a broken suspension bolt. They returned this year, ready to prove the Prowlers durability and to support their sponsors: Arctic Cat, Wired Energy Drink, Vision X Lighting, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims and King Shocks.These were stock Prowlers except for the required roll-cage, extra night lights, King shocks and tires, said Creagan. Nothing broke on either machine during the race and we had only one flat tire on the 700. Our support crew never even had to put a tool to either machine. It was just gas-and-go at the pit stops, which is a testament to their durability and performance.
Team Arctic racers delivered a historic performance at the 2008 Baja 1000 and I couldnt be more proud of them, said Arctic Cat ATV Race Manager Ted Bettin. The Bi-Polar Prowler team worked incredibly hard for two years. To earn the honor and distinction of being the first-ever UTV to finish the Baja 1000, and to finish first and second place, speaks volumes about their dedication and professionalism.
2009 Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 XTZ
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