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2017 Can-Am Racing Team and X-Team Contingency Program

| 23 March 2017 7:08 pm

Can-Am Off-Road

Courtesy of BRP/Can-Am
MAR. 22, 2017

Can-Am Off-Road has launched its 2017 Can-Am factory racing team and also announced its Can-Am X-Team ATV and SxS Rider Contingency Program. The amateur and professional racing contingency program includes more than $350,000 in total payouts and covers numerous racing series for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles across North America.

The Can-Am X-Team Off-Road consists of 18 teams competing with Can-Am Renegade 4×4 ATVs and Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles.

Side-By-Side Vehicle Racing
The Can-Am side-by-side vehicle racing team competes in several different series on racetracks across North America. The team returns as the reigning champion in the GNCC XC1 Pro UTV, SCORE International Pro UTV FI and UTV Rally Raid Pro Unlimited classes. Team racers will also compete in other series, including the Best In The Desert (BITD) Series, The Off-Road Championship (TORC), and the King of the Hammers (KOH) race.

Can-Am will field several desert racing teams inside the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle. The impressive list includes Can-Am/ ITP/ Murray Brothers-backed Derek & Jason Murray, who are known as the most consistent desert racing team in the series, having now finished 47 consecutive BITD races. The Murrays, who won the 2016 SCORE International Pro UTV FI title, will continue their double-championship pursuit in both desert racing series.

Defending SCORE Pro UTV Forced Induction Class Champions Derek & Jason Murray return for 2017 with their new Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side and will compete in both the Best In The Desert Series and SCORE International racing for Can-Am.

Defending SCORE Pro UTV Forced Induction Class Champions Derek & Jason Murray return for 2017 with their new Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side and will compete in both the Best In The Desert Series and SCORE International racing for Can-Am.

Logan Gastel also competes in a Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle for Can-Am in the BITD series, where he’s coming off a fifth-place class finish in the Mint 400.

New for 2017, is the addition of Monster Energy/ Can-Am drivers Matt Burroughs and Marc Burnett, the latter making his return to Can-Am behind the wheel of the wild Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle.

Passionate and jovial Can-Am/ S3 Racing driver Dustin Jones also returns with his #noliftshift approach and popular “Visions of Victory” post-event racing video series.

Cool, calm and collected Can-Am/ Desert Toyz front man Cory Sappington will continue his Can-Am/ Maverick desert racing efforts in both BITD and SCORE International competition.

Aftermarket juggernaut, innovator and dedicated racer Dan Fisher is also on Team Can-Am, competing in his Lonestar Racing-backed Maverick X3 MAX vehicle.

Can-Am will be looking to continue its success and onslaught in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) UTV racing series, having won the last three XC1 Pro UTV championships. Returning for factory Can-Am is two-time XC1 Pro champ Kyle Chaney, who took the runner-up spot a year ago with three total victories. The Chaney Racing/ Can-am racer took a third-place finish at the 2017 GNCC UTV opener.

Two-time GNCC XC1 Pro UTV champion and Can-Am Maverick side-by-side pilot Kyle Chaney, who already notched a podium finish at the opening GNCC UTV race, returns for 2017 after finishing in the runner-up position last year.

Two-time GNCC XC1 Pro UTV champion and Can-Am Maverick side-by-side pilot Kyle Chaney, who already notched a podium finish at the opening GNCC UTV race, returns for 2017 after finishing in the runner-up position last year.

JB Racing/ Can-Am racer Tim Farr, who has garnered 11 podium finishes in the last three seasons, will join Chaney in both GNCC action and the TORC Series.

Also, Can-Am/ Miller Brothers Racing’s Hunter Miller of Texas, who found his groove late last year and earned his first Can-Am GNCC victory and XC1 Pro-class podium finish, returns this season in the professional ranks.

Can-Am also fielded an all-new group of racers to compete in the King of the Hammers in the Ultra4 Racing, of which it is the official UTV of the series. Monster Energy/ Can-Am’s Casey and Cody Currie and Chad Hughes competed at KOH in Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicles.

Can-Am SXS Racers
Marc Burnett (BITD, SCORE)
Matt Burroughs (BITD)
Kyle Chaney (GNCC, TORC)
Logan Gastel (BITD)
Tim Farr (GNCC, TORC)
Dan Fisher (BITD)
Hunter Miller (GNCC)
Murray Brothers (BITD, SCORE)
Dustin Jones (BITD)
Cory Sappington (BITD)
Chad Hughes (KOH)
Casey Currie (KOH)
Cody Currie (KOH)

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ATV Racing
Can-Am is the winningest 4×4 ATV brand in Grand National Cross Country history, and the defending 4×4 Pro-class champion, Kevin Cunningham, also races a Can-Am Renegade 4×4. Along with GNCC racing, Can-Am off-road factory racers Bryan Buckhannon and Don Higbee will also compete in the BITD ATV Series.

Reigning Grand National Cross Country 4x4 Pro Champion Kevin Cunningham is looking to repeat and has already won the first two events in 2017 aboard his Can-Am Renegade 4x4.

Reigning Grand National Cross Country 4×4 Pro Champion Kevin Cunningham is looking to repeat and has already won the first two events in 2017 aboard his Can-Am Renegade 4×4.

Last season, Kevin Cunningham piloted his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R to his first GNCC championship. He’s already off to a great start in 2017, having won the first two 4×4 Pro-class events. During his championship effort, Cunningham also ended Bryan Buckhannon’s impressive championship winning streak. From 2008 to 2015, Buckhannon had won eight titles, which included the first two 4×4 Pro-class titles. In fact, he has finished no worse than runner-up in any 4×4 class aboard a Can-Am since 2007, making him the most successful Can-Am 4×4 racer of all time.

Rob Smith and Jordan Phillips, who have each notched numerous podiums and also overall victories in their career, will also join Cunningham and Buckhannon in the 4×4 Pro ranks this season.

Can-Am ATV Racers
Kevin Cunningham (GNCC 4×4 Pro)
Bryan Buckhannon (GNCC 4×4 pro, BITD)
Rob Smith (GNCC 4×4 Pro)
Don Higbee (BITD ATV)
Jordan Phillips (GNCC 4×4 Pro)

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2017 Can-Am ATV and Side-By-Side Vehicle Contingency Program
BRP’s Can-Am Off-Road division will once again support Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle owners by offering its industry-leading Can-Am Racing Contingency and Amateur Support Program for 2017. Racers who compete on approved vehicles in an appropriate series in North America can be eligible for cash payouts throughout the 2017 racing season.

Contingency cash is paid out in numerous U.S. National and regional racing series for both ATV and side-by-side racing. Those series include the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, Best In The Desert (BITD), SCORE International desert series, King of the Hammers (KOH), World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), Championship Mud Racing (CMR), Mud Nationals, and many more regional series across North America. For the 2017 season, select events now have more contingency money reserved per race provided the minimum amounts of entries compete at each event (see details). And a qualified racer can potentially earn additional championship contingency money if he or she wins the class title in an authorized series in an eligible Can-Am vehicle.

Eligible Can-Am racers can earn $5,000 (U.S.) for a first-place finish in the BITD and SCORE International UTV Pro Production Turbo class of each series at each event and an additional $7,500 (U.S.) for securing the championship in the same class. ATV races can secure up to $1,500 (U.S.) per racing victory in the GNCC Series (4×4 Pro only) and the BITD and SCORE International series (Quad Pro). A championship in any of these premier racing series will earn the Can-Am champion another $3,000 (U.S.).

To qualify for the Can-Am Amateur Racer Support program, participants must purchase a qualifying new or unused ATV or side-by-side vehicle and also register it with an authorized Can-Am dealer. The list of ATVs includes 2014-and-newer Renegade and Outlander 4×4 models at varying displacement levels. Approved side-by-side vehicles include 2014-and-newer Can-Am Maverick and all 2017 Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicles.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the full 2017 schedule, and the contingency program, please e-mail atvracing.can-am@brp.com.

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