Soboba Indian Reservation
Team HRT Motorsports pulled an "all-nighter" in preparation for the annual Soboba Grand Prix this past weekend. The team took delivery of the all new Kawasaki Teryx just one night before the race. After much thought, the anticipation of driving the new UTV was just too much so the decision was made to make just a few modifications to make the vehicle race ready. Team manager Chris Hawks stated "With this race being an hour long, we have a great chance to finish on the podium with the Teryx against all the modified UTVs. It looks like Kawasaki has built a very capable UTV, and our modified competition is going to have a lot of attrition."
There were 42 UTV's that lined up for the green flag start and the Teryx did not disappoint as they all rushed for the first turn. Heading into the hills of the 7 mile course team driver Todd Arthur was running just outside the top ten. "We got off to a great start against a lot of highly modified UTV's and I was really impressed with the power and handling of the Teryx". On the first lap, lady luck reared its ugly head as an impact from behind by another driver sent the Teryx off the track. "After the collision with the other driver I took it easy just to make sure the Teryx was not damaged. Once I knew the Teryx was good, I put the hammer down and focused on picking off as many guys as I could." commented Todd.
In the remaining laps Todd piloted the Teryx from outside the top twenty to inside the top ten. "As the pack spread out, I wasn't sure where we were overall but I just kept pushing and going as fast as the Teryx would go." Eventually, Todd would cross the finish line in 7th place and first finishing "stock" UTV. "The Kawasaki Teryx did awesome and I look forward to seeing it's full potential in the Pro UTV class this year." Team HRT is excited about a great year with the new Teryx as it will get to work making it ready for the 2008 CORR series which starts near the end of April, right around the corner!
Soboba Grand Prix UTV Class:
1. Brent Spooner – Polaris
2. Shawn Aksamit – Yamaha
3. Chad Mittag – Polaris
4. Doug Mittag – Polaris
5. Brent Fouch – Polaris
7. Todd Arthur - Kawasaki
Next race: M4SX SxS National Series Round 1 at Lake Elsinore MX Park, 2/16/2008
Special thanks to the 2008 team sponsors: Kal-Gard, DWT Racing, Racer X, Mirage, Benchmark Performance, Gorilla Axle, Vision X, Escondido Cycle Center, Sparco, ORW, Dirt Racing Products, ECP Powder Coating, PDM Clutches