Scanlon Motorsports Group Set To Compete This Weekend At The Parker 250
Minneapolis, MN 1/6/17 – Plans to create the Scanlon Motorsports Group (SMG) were set in motion this time last year by team owner & driver Craig Scanlon. Fast forward and the well equipped program is set to take on their first points race as a team this weekend at the Best In The Desert (BITD) Parker 250. A long and tedious fall was spent completing and preparing the new Holz Racing Products built #931 / #2931 Rigid Industries / Rockstar Energy / Polaris RZR XP Turbo for the 2017 race season. All eyes have been on Scanlon since unveiling the new program and now its time to deliver on the hype.
“As stressful as it has been building the SMG program from the ground up, it has also been a lot of fun. Building the vehicle and setting up the chase and support equipment has been easy thanks in large part to the amazing team we have. Everyone from our crew to our fantastic sponsors have made this whole process really exciting. With the hard work out of the way, now its time to go out and compete for a 2017 season championship” stated Craig Scanlon, Owner / Driver Scanlon Motorsports Group.
SMG competed at two rounds of the BITD season in 2016. Both the Bluewater Desert Challenge and Pahrump 250 acted as live test sessions giving driver & co-driver, as well as the support crew some live action in preparing for the championship run in 2017. Outside of the two races the team ran, multiple test sessions were also performed ensuring the SMG RZR was operating at full song come the season opener in Parker, AZ this weekend.
Randy Anderson, owner of Walker Evans Racing (WER), provides shock and wheel support for the SMG program. Anderson along with others at WER have spent a lot of time in developing a shock package that allows the Holz Racing Products suspension to work at its best. Randy has over 30 off-road racing championships as crew chief for Walker Evans. He also spends countless hours testing shocks for competition on RZRs that his sons RJ & Ronnie Anderson compete on. In addition, Anderson and Walker Evans Racing support a fleet of championship caliber racers at many levels of UTV racing.
I have worked with Craig for many years on the racing side of things. Craig knows what it takes to build and prep a machine that will not only work well, but will look good and last. I have been around a lot of race RZRs, and the #931 is one of, if not the best built desert race RZRs we have ever worked on. Everyone at Walker Evans Racing is looking forward to seeing SMG compete and do well.” – Randy Anderson, Owner of Walker Evans Racing
Besides putting together a premier race program that features an elite race ready Polaris RZR XP Turbo, and multiple state-of-the-art support vehicles, the team has attracted attention due to its branding and sponsorships. The goal was to represent brands that would in return raise the level of the program and encourage other brands of the same caliber into supporting more UTV / RZR racers and teams. Scanlon made it clear from the beginning, this team was not only a representation of himself and his team, but also a representation of the UTV class.
RIGID Industries is not only the teams lighting partner but also title sponsor of the SMG program. RIGID has been a massive supporter of off-road racing and has been endorsed by some of the sports biggest names including those of the UTV racing category. SMG approached RIGID due to their quality name in the industry and their endless support of the sport and is proud to run the RIGID colors through the 2018 season. The team looks to act as not only a sponsored team on the track, but also a marketing arm for promoting the brands durability and style.
“RIGID is built with innovation. Many may not know but Craig’s vision for innovation within the personal off-road vehicle space has injected new eager enthusiast into our culture allowing businesses like RIGID to thrive. Craig has continued this vision into the SMG race program with a new the level of innovation within the class. RIGID is proud to be the title sponsor of the Scanlon Motorsports Group and look forward to a successful 2017 racing season.” – Brian Godfrey, Senior Marketing Director for RIGID Industries
In addition to the title sponsorship by RIGID, Craig Scanlon also enters the season a Rockstar Energy athlete. Scanlon joins the likes of Rob MacCachren, RJ Anderson and Tanner Foust as a racer competing under the Rockstar Energy team umbrella. Rockstar Energy will drive their iconic action sports brand into the UTV desert racing segment for the first time officially with SMG. Scanlon knows that representing Rockstar Energy adds pressure to the team as he enters the season with such strong branding and support, but the challenge is one that SMG is prepared for.
“We are excited to get the 2017 season kicked off with Scanlon motorsports, Rockstar Energy is honored to apart of this program. He’s put together a top-notch race team with some solid looking equipment. Craig is no stranger to desert racing, we are setting the bar high.” – Jordan Cochrum, Rockstar Energy
You can catch the team in its first Pro Turbo Production points race this weekend at the 2017 BITD UTV Winter Nationals Parker 250 Presented by Polaris RZR in Parker, AZ. The RIGID Industries / Rockstar Energy / Polaris RZR will also compete in the full season at BITD which includes the famous Mint 400, the largest UTV race in the world at the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship and the longest race in the United States, the Vegas-To-Reno. The team will also take on the prestigious SCORE BAJA 500 & BAJA 1000 in 2017.
About Scanlon Motorsports (SMG)
Scanlon Motorsports Group (SMG) is a professional off-road racing program competing at the Best In The Desert and SCORE off-road racing series.
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