Can-Am Racers Win Globally


VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA, August 21, 2018 – Can-Am off-road racing teams earned numerous victories and class podiums this past weekend in both North America and South America, affirming Can-Am as the brand of choice for overcoming long-distance and endurance events.

In the United States, Can-Am / XPS Lubricants drivers Phil Blurton and Kyle Chaney outlasted stiff competition and overwhelming conditions to record overall endurance racing wins in Nevada and Iowa, respectively, with their Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicles. At the 2018 Rally dos Sertões in Brazil, which wraps up Friday, Aug. 25, Can-Am racers own the top eight spots in the standings after three stages of action.

Blurton Repeats As BITD Vegas To Reno Champion

Phil Blurton (Can-Am / XPS / No Limit RD) and co-pilot Beau Judge won the Pro UTV Turbo class and UTV overall with the No. 944 Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle at the 2018 BITD Vegas To Reno race. On paper, the back-to-back Vegas-To-Reno wins is outstanding in its own right, but when you factor in the number of competitors, brutal terrain, the race length and the fact that Blurton had to come from nearly 39th place in the class to finish in front of everyone was incredible. A 30-minute delay almost cost Blurton and Judge a chance at a win, but they rallied hard all the way to checkers and were rewarded with victory and the overall class points lead in the BITD series.

 Can-Am / XPS athlete Phil Blurton
Can-Am / XPS athlete Phil Blurton (right) and Beau Judge celebrate atop their No Limit RD Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle after posting their second straight BITD Vegas To Reno win.

“So proud of the hard work of our No Limit RD Race Team and support crew,” stated Blurton. “They are the most dedicated team and we could not accomplish such greatness without them and the support of our sponsors.”

S3 Racing's Dustin Jones
Dustin Jones (Can-Am / S3 Racing) tallied a strong third-place finish with his Maverick Xat the 2018 Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno Race in Nevada.
CM-4278_Higbee2.JPG: Can-Am Outlander 4×4 racer Don Higbee and his two co-pilots ended the 2018 BITD season with a solid third-place finish, which secured third overall in the class for the season. (Photo supplied by Harlen Foley)

Can-Am had two teams on the box in Nevada, as Dustin Jones and co-pilot Dustin Henderson drove the No. 978 Can-Am / S3 Racing Maverick X3 MAX Turbo R side-by-side to a strong third-place finish. The UTV Unlimited class win was secured by Utah’s Michael Isom (Can-Am / Mobbin’ Racing) in another Maverick X3 MAX Turbo R build. Racer Pam Hall won the UTV Sportsman class (stock) in her Can-Am.

Chaney Untouchable At Heartland Challenge

Kyle Chaney (Can-Am / XPS / CT Race Worx) put his Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle in the winner’s circle at the 2018 Heartland Challenge in Carlisle, Iowa.

Kyle Chaney (right) and co-pilot
Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle and XPS sponsored racer Kyle Chaney (right) and co-pilot Josh Martell scored the top podium spot at the 2018 Heartland Challenge in Iowa. (Image supplied by Garrett Hamilton)

The Heartland Challenge, a difficult day-night, four-hour endurance race with a mix of short-course, cross-country and endurocross, forces man and machine to be ready for almost anything. Chaney, coming off a Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course Series win the weekend prior, had a little momentum on his side. Chaney, co-pilot Josh Martell, and their XPS-themed Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle proved up to the task. They took the lead about a mile from the start and then led the rest of the way. It was Chaney’s second consecutive Heartland Challenge UTV race win. Can-Am racers also won the 900 class (non-turbo), posting a podium sweep, in Iowa.

Brezina Grabs LACC Victory

Can-Am / S3 Powersports racer Logan Brezina put the hurt on the competition in Louisiana, winning the A class and side-by-side overall at Round 7 of the LACC series in Wilson, La.

“It was an awesome weekend for S3 Racing — podiums everywhere. I was fortunate enough to bring home the win yesterday,” said Brezina. “My Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle was absolutely on rails.”

Maverick X3 Racers at Rally dos Sertões in Brazil

Rally racing with the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R vehicle has grown tremendously since its global introduction two years ago. South America hosts several rally events and is currently holding the prestigious 26th Rally dos Sertões, Aug. 18-25, in Brazil. Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle racers have won the first three stages and own the top eight spots in the standings.

Reinaldo Varela
Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle racer Reinaldo Varela, winner of the 2018 Dakar Rally, won Stage 1 of the Rally dos Sertoes in Brazil and currently holds the lead after three legs. (Photo supplied by Marcelo Machado de Melo)

Can-Am / Varela Rally Team driver Reinaldo Varela and co-pilot Gustavo Gugelmin, winners of the 2018 Dakar Rally, have the early lead after winning stage 1 and keeping their advantage through stage 3 in South America. The No. 203 Maverick X3 side-by-side, driven by Enrico Amarante and Breno Rezende is currently second overall.

All seven stages of the Sertões Rally equal roughly 3,601 kilometers (more than 2,200 miles). The champions for all classes will be determined by Aug. 25 in Fortaleza.

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