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Can-Am Off-Road Racers Earn Podium Sweeps at Ironman GNCC

| 2 November 2016 3:42 pm

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 13: Ironman GNCC at Ironman Raceway

Courtesy of BRP/Can-Am
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, OCT. 29-30, 2016

Cody Miller, who won four ATV events in 2016, finished the year with three consecutive victories on his Can-Am Outlander ATV to end up third overall in the 4x4 Pro-class points race.

Cody Miller, who won four ATV events in 2016, finished the year with three consecutive victories on his Can-Am Outlander ATV to end up third overall in the 4×4 Pro-class points race.

The Can-Am X-Team racing squad concluded the 2016 GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series by posting podium sweeps in both the 4×4 Pro ATV and XC1 Pro UTV classes at the famous Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Can-Am racer Cody Miller had a banner day at the Midwest track, earning two class overalls and also wrapping up his first-ever GNCC championship with a convincing wire-to-wire victory in the final XC1 UTV Pro-class event of the year.

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4×4 Pro ATV
The Can-Am trio of Kevin Cunningham, Bryan Buckhannon and Cody Miller continued their late-season dominance in the 4×4 Pro ATV class with yet another one-two-three finish.

Miller, riding his Can-Am Outlander ATV, notched his third straight class and 10 a.m. ATV overall victory after a decisive win at Ironman. Miller ended the season third in the class points, notching six podium finishes and four victories.

The class championship went to Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R ATV racer Kevin Cunningham, who finished third at Ironman. Cunningham recorded four wins and 11 podiums, including seven straight, to conclude the year. He amassed 309 points, which outpaced the runner-up by 47 points for the title.

Kevin Cunningham put together one heck of a season on his way to winning the 2016 GNCC 4x4 Pro ATV-class championship with his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R. In fact, in the last seven rounds, he made the podium every time and posted three wins to run away with the title.

Kevin Cunningham put together one heck of a season on his way to winning the 2016 GNCC 4×4 Pro ATV-class championship with his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R. In fact, in the last seven rounds, he made the podium every time and posted three wins to run away with the title.

“It has been a great season,” Cunningham declared. “We set the bar high this year, as we wanted to be competitive in the talented 4×4 Pro ATV class. I’m happy we accomplished our goals of making an impact in the class with numerous wins and podiums. I’m truly honored to have earned this 4×4 Pro ATV championship with the impressive Can-Am Renegade. I’d like to thank my parents and family, my fiancée Samantha, and all my sponsors.”

Team Cunningham Racing celebrates Kevin Cunningham’s 4x4 Pro ATV-class championship on the Ironman GNCC podium.

Team Cunningham Racing celebrates Kevin Cunningham’s 4×4 Pro ATV-class championship on the Ironman GNCC podium.

Bryan Buckhannon – winner of multiple GNCC championships, including the previous two 4×4 Pro ATV titles – concluded his 2016 season with a second-place finish aboard his Can-Am Renegade ATV to hold on to the runner-up spot in the points race.

Can-Am Amateur 4×4 racers Robbie Pecorari (in 4×4 A/B competition) and Justin Wood (in the 4×4 Senior Over 40 class) also wrapped up their season with GNCC class championships.

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XC1 Pro UTV
Can-Am Maverick X xc 1000R racer Cody Miller also held the points lead over two-time and reigning XC1 Pro UTV-class champion Kyle Chaney heading into the Ironman finale. The Ironman belonged to Miller this year, however, as the Texas native led all five laps on his way to recording his first GNCC championship, taking home the XC1 Pro UTV crown.

Cody Miller won three races and made the podium at all six events with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle on his way to capturing the 2016 GNCC XC1 Pro UTV championship.

Cody Miller won three races and made the podium at all six events with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle on his way to capturing the 2016 GNCC XC1 Pro UTV championship.

It also capped off a season that saw Can-Am Maverick pilots win every round this year and earn the top five finishing spots in the season XC1 Pro UTV standings.

Miller (with Can-Am ATV racer Jordan Phillips as his co-pilot) ended the season where he began: posting a win in the XC1 Pro UTV ranks to keep his podium streak alive, at six straight. Miller recorded 140 points in his GNCC championship season, notching three wins, two runner-up finishes and one third-place run in 2016.

“I had a perfect weekend at the Ironman GNCC, winning two hard-fought races against tough competition,” said Cody Miller. “The day started with a great 4×4 Pro-class win on my Can-Am Outlander ATV. It ended with me putting my Can-Am Maverick on the top of the UTV podium to seal the XC1 Pro UTV GNCC championship. As if two wins in one day wasn’t enough, I was proud to be able to share the podium with my brother Hunter, who came in second place, only 14 seconds behind me. I can’t thank our family, sponsors and supporters enough for helping to make dreams become a reality.”

Barbara Miller (center) celebrates with Hunter Miller (left) and Cody Miller (right) after her boys finished one-two in the XC1 Pro UTV class at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Barbara Miller (center) celebrates with Hunter Miller (left) and Cody Miller (right) after her boys finished one-two in the XC1 Pro UTV class at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Hunter Miller (with Buckhannon as co-pilot) competed in the XC1 Pro UTV class in Indiana. Hunter joined his younger brother on the podium by taking second place. The older Miller brother wrapped up his season behind the wheel of his Can-Am Maverick with a victory in the XC2 Pro Sport UTV class at round 12 and a runner-up spot in the Pro class at the GNCC finale.

Tim Farr captured third place at Ironman to wrap up the third-place spot for 2016. The savvy veteran, along with his navigator Angel Knox, started the season slowly but rebounded at the last five rounds to earn a spot on the season podium with his Maverick side-by-side vehicle.

Chaney, who also competes in a Can-Am Maverick side-by-side, ended up with another top-10 finish to end the season in the runner-up spot, behind Cody Miller. The last three seasons have seen Chaney win two XC1 UTV-class titles and, now, one second-place finish. He has won half of the 18 races he has entered over that three-year span.

Maverick racer Dave Plavi also won another championship for Can-Am, earning the XC2 Pro Sport UTV-class title in 2016. After wrapping up his title after round five, Plavi moved into the XC1 Pro UTV ranks at Ironman, where he finished sixth.

With three class wins and a consistent year, Dave Plavi (555) captured the XC2 Pro Sport UTV-class championship with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R.

With three class wins and a consistent year, Dave Plavi (555) captured the XC2 Pro Sport UTV-class championship with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R.

Can-Am side-by-side racer Austin Seelig, who finished 40th overall among all UTVs at Ironman, earned the Amateur Limited-class championship in 2016.

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