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Race Reports from Moose Racing River Ranch

| 12 March 2013 12:44 pm

GNCC Series
Round 1: Moose Racing River Ranch at Westgate River Ranch

Courtesy of Team UXC Racing
RIVER RANCH, FL, MAR. 10, 2013

Rolling into the track in River Ranch, Florida, Team UXC Racing had many things to celebrate, and with a new season firing off in the sandy soil of central Florida, it was time to make history. This year’s track would include many things similar to those of years past, but according to many, the dust was going to be the biggest obstacle.

Michael Swift got off to a good start, but his day quickly soured when he encountered mechanical gremlins at the GNCC season opener in River Ranch, Florida.

Michael Swift got off to a good start, but his day quickly soured when he encountered mechanical gremlins at the GNCC season opener in River Ranch, Florida.

Team owner and racer Michael Swift spoke candidly about the team’s time in Florida right up to race day, and also shared his thoughts on his performance at the first GNCC of 2013.

“We had a great week prior to the race, training and figuring out settings on our race rigs,” he recounted. “Although we did fine-tune the machines, for the most part we had our Renegade ready for battle. We spent all day Thursday with Custom Axis tuning the shocks, and we are really happy with the results of that testing.”

Swift is racing the U2 class this year. Starting off on the third row in the morning race, Swift was able to get into the second-place spot right off the start.

“The dust was absolutely horrible, and it wasn’t until we ran into the trees and the darker soil and the dust thinned out that we could see what was in front of us,” noted Swift.

Swift recorded the second-fastest lap time of the morning for his effort on the first lap, but in an instant, his race had ended.

“Out of nowhere, we lost a belt,” Swift reported. “Preparation is the key, and there are many individual things that go into Team UXC’s race program, but sometimes it just doesn’t go like you want it to. Our Custom Axis shocks were working so good and the Rotax power in our Renegade was unstoppable, but it wasn’t meant to be, so we have to dig our heels in and push forward.”

Encouraged by the great results of his limited time on the 2013 Can-Am Renegade XXC, Swift says he is ready for the next round in Washington, Georgia.

Don Higbee (640) fared better, finishing second in the 4X4 Senior class.

Don Higbee (640) fared better, finishing second in the 4X4 Senior class.

Team UXC Racing’s Don Higbee, however, had a slightly better day, as he finished second in the 4X4 Senior class. Higbee, who is used to wide-open desert racing, said he really enjoyed the terrain and, just like his teammate, he just wanted a little less dust.

“I just want to thank Michael Swift and all of our great sponsors, because the G2 Can-Am Outlander was running flawless!” Higbee said. “Swift sets up my quad, and I just couldn’t believe just how well it worked.”

Higbee was able to grab second place off the start of the race and maintain it until the third lap, when a few bottlenecks kept him slowed.

“I rolled back to third for just a bit,” Higbee reported, “but after getting a great line, I made my way back into second and turned on the gas until the end.”

Higbee plans on racing all 13 rounds of the year’s GNCC Series, and he has his sights set on a successful year.

“We are so happy and excited with our 2013 Can-Am Renegade XXC and this G2 chassis, as well as our new shock program from Custom Axis,” said Swift.

The next round of the GNCC Series tips off in one week at Aonia Pass in Washington, Georgia. GNCC’s The General is known for moderate dust with no rain and moderate to severe mud and slick clay if it rains, combined with many pine trees. Team UXC Racing is ready no matter what the conditions!

Team UXC would like to thank each and every one of the sponsors who have put in the extra effort to make their program fast in 2013: Can-Am/ BRP, Maxxis, Rox Speed FX, Can-AmTalk.com, Custom Axis Shocks, SSI Decals, Evans Coolant, Fly, Hiper, Ricochette, Leatt, DP Brakes, Fasst, Carbo Rocket, HMF, Moto Concepts, Kal-Gard, Spider Grips, Outerwears, Dirtworks, Thermo Tec, Fourworx Carbon, Santor Design, Scott, Moto Pro, Twin Air, PIAA, Hi-Tec, America’s Motorsports, Driven Powersports, Tire Blocks, R+B Components, Mike Penland Racing and Walsh.

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