GBC Heartland Challenge
Blue Ridge Run
Courtesy of ITP Tires
CARLISLE, IA, AUG. 21-22, 2015
Team ITP Tires & Wheels competed at the eighth annual Heartland Challenge endurance race over the weekend in Carlisle, Iowa, and came away with two class wins (in the UTV 1000 and Over 30 classes) and another second-place finish.
“We couldn’t be any happier with the victorious efforts put forth from the Pratt brothers and the Media All-Stars team of Dale & Mark Batson,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “The Heartland Challenge is a unique and difficult course, not only because it’s a multihour endurance race format, but it runs at night and features both man-made and natural-terrain obstacles. Our racers know ITP tires will continue to outperform other brands, especially when traction and puncture resistance are a necessity.”
The Jack’s Excavating/ Can-Am/ RacerTech/ ITP-backed team of brothers Marcus & Mouse Pratt came away with the UTV 1000 (Pro) class and overall victory at the annual off-road race. The four-hour UTV portion of the weekend event was held on Friday night and offered three classes for traditional SxS vehicles and another for single-seat vehicles. More than 60 entries competed in Iowa.
The Pratt brothers completed 20 laps in just over four hours to secure the class win and the overall UTV victory at the Heartland Challenge. Their time was more than seven minutes ahead of the second-place-overall team (the UTV 900-class winner) and more than 10 minutes ahead of the runner-up in the UTV 1000 class.
“Our ITP tires hooked up great; we ran 26-inch ITP TerraCross tires because they are a great, versatile, all-around tire in the mud [and] dry sections and really hook up good everywhere,” said Marcus Pratt. “They have little roll, which also means great stability on a challenging course like the Heartland Challenge, with its telephone poles, rock sections and woods. We wouldn’t have won had it not been for our team, sponsors and, more specifically, our fabricator and mechanic Tim Mullenburg.”
ITP had two other ATV teams competing at the 2015 Heartland Challenge. The Media All-Stars team of Mark & Dale Batson, who also race for the team in the GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series, competed on the number-99 Yamaha YFZ outfitted with ITP Holeshot GNCC front tires and QuadCross XC rear tires. The tandem completed 22 laps in a time of seven hours, 37 minutes and 38 seconds to win the class by a minute. That time was also good enough for 10th overall among all 76 ATV teams that participated.
A trio of racers also scored an impressive second-place finish in the A class, riding the number-133 JW Builders/ Root River Racing Honda. Haedyn Mickelson, Dalton “Bubba” Hicks and Kyle Burman used ITP Holeshot GNCC tires, front and rear, on their ATV to record not only a podium finish in their class but also a sixth-place finish in the overall ATV results. Their time of seven hours, 38 minutes and 26 seconds was less than 30 seconds behind the fourth-place finishers.
In business for more than 30 years, ITP has become the world’s number-ATV/ UTV aftermarket tire-and-wheel source. ITP utilizes its experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tennessee, and Jackson, Tennessee, to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. For a full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free 800/889-7367.
[For more from this event, please see “Pratt Brothers Win at Heartland Challenge, Chaney Scores WEXCR Victory”… Editor]