Can-Am off-road has launched its 2017 Can-Am factory racing team and also announced its Can-Am X-Team ATV and SxS Rider Contingency Program. The amateur and professional racing contingency program includes more than a $350,000 in total payouts and covers numerous racing series for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles across North America. The Can-Am X-Team off-road consists of 18 teams competing with Can-Am Renegade 4x4 ATVs and Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles.
Side-By-Side Vehicle RacingThe Can-Am side-by-side vehicle racing team competes on racetracks across North America, in several different series. The team returns as the reigning champion in the GNCC XC1Pro UTV, SCORE International Pro UTV FI and UTV Rally Raid Pro Unlimited classes. Team racers will also compete in other series, including the Best In The Desert (BITD) series, The Off-Road Championship (TORC) and the King of the Hammers (KOH) race.
Can-Am will field several desert racing teams inside the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle. The impressive list includes Derek and Jason Murray (Can-Am/ITP/ Murray Brothers), who are known as the most consistent desert racing team in the series, having now finished 47 consecutive BITD races. The Murrays, who won the 2016 SCORE International Pro UTV FI title, will continue their double-championship pursuit in both desert racing series. Logan Gastel also competes in a Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle for Can-Am in the BITD series, where he’s coming off of a Fifth Place class finish in the Mint 400.
New for 2017, is the addition of Monster Energy/Can-Am drivers Matt Burroughs and Marc Burnett, the latter of whom is making his return to Can-Am behind the wheel of the wild Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle. The passionate and jovial driver Dustin Jones (Can-Am/S3 Racing) also returns with his #noliftshift approach and popular “Visions of Victory” post-event racing video series. The cool, calm, and collected Can-Am/Desert Toyz front man Cory Sappington will continue his Can-Am/Maverick desert racing efforts in both BITD and SCORE International competition. Aftermarket juggernaut, innovator and dedicated racer Dan Fisher is also on Team Can-Am, competing in his Lonestar Racing-backed Maverick X3 MAX vehicle.
Can-Am will look to continue its success and onslaught in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) UTV racing series, having won the last three XC1 Pro UTV championships. Returning for factory Can-Am is two-time XC1 Pro champ Kyle Chaney (Chaney Racing/Can-Am), who took the runner-up spot a year ago with three total victories and took a Third Place finish at the 2017 GNCC UTV opener. Tim Farr (JB Racing / Can-Am), who has garnered 11 podium finishes in the last three seasons, will join Chaney in both GNCC action and the TORC series. Also, Texan Hunter Miller (Can-Am/Miller Brothers Racing), who found his grove late last year earning his first Can-Am GNCC victory and XC1 Pro class podium, returns this season in the professional ranks.
Can-Am also fielded an all-new group of racers to compete in the King of the Hammers (KOH) in the Ultra4 Racing, of which it is the official UTV of the series. Casey and Cody Currie (Monster Energy/Can-Am) and Chad Hughes competed at KOH in Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicles.
Can-Am SXS racersMarc Burnett (BITD, SCORE)
Matt Burroughs (BITD)
Kyle Chaney (GNCC, TORC)
Logan Gastel (BITD)
Tim Farr (GNCC, TORC)
Dan Fisher (BITD)
Hunter Miller (GNCC)
Murray Bros (BITD, SCORE)
Dustin Jones (BITD)
Cory Sappington (BITD)
Chad Hughes (KOH)
Casey Currie (KOH)
Cody Currie (KOH)