Can-Am has tapped Casey Currie to compete in the 2019 Dakar Rally. The newly formed team will feature Currie, reigning Dakar champion Renaldo Varela, and racer Gerard Farres.
The trio will race a 172hp, turbocharged Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side. Can-Am took a Dakar win in 2018 when the side-by-side category was first introduced to the event. Terrain in the Dakar is known to be punishing to the vehicles, and Can-Am knows the Maverick X3 is up to the challenge. They built the side-by-side to handle harsh desert conditions. The company points to several championships within the United States and other worldwide victories with the vehicle.
Casey Currie will be representing North America. Currie, who has raced everything from Baja to short-course to King of the Hammers, has never raced in the Dakar Rally. Currie earned his Dakar stripes with a stage win in the Merzouga Rally earlier this year. He then got a win in at the Desafio Inca Challenge, which is part of the Dakar series in September.
Casey Currie will also a film a documentary series about the race and his experience. Monster Energy has also signed on to sponsor the team. The 2019 Dakar Rally starts January 6 in Lima, Peru. It will wind its way south then loop back to the north, finishing 11 days later back in Lima. The route is spread out over 3,106 miles.