The 2014 race series are in full swing and so is the Holz UTV Racing Team. From coast to coast car counts were high and UTV racing is alive and well. The Best in The Des¬ert Series rolled into Las Vegas for Round #2 and The Mint 400 and over 50 entries, while the WORCS Series headed to Lake Havasu for Round #3 with 79 racers ready to battle and the GNCC Series kicked off their UTV Season with 86 racers at The General in Washington, GA.
The Holz/Coastal Team has been busy developing the new Polaris® RZR XP 1000 based platforms for the Desert and Woods and this weekend would be the first race for each car.
Scott Kiger left the line at 6:35am outside Jean, Nevada to start off the first lap of the Mint 400. Starting somewhere around the 14th spot, he put together a solid lap and brought the #1934 Holz/Coastal into the pits in first place at the end of the first 93 mile lap. Battling through “dust, silt and rocks the size of coolers” according to co-driver Brian MacLean of Walker Evans Racing. A quick driver change put Mark Holz in the car while Kiger hopped a plane to Georgia to compete in the opening round of the GNCC series. The #1934 suffered a transmission failure 2 miles into the second lap. The car got towed back to the pits and the crew got to work swapping a transmissions in 50 minutes, getting the car back on course and salvaging a 14th place finish.
A few hours from Vegas, WORCS was getting ready for Rd#3 and the famous lagoon jump in Lake Havasu. Beau Baron, used his Maxxis tires on the familiar white/orange/black Holz/Polaris® RZR XP 1000 and it’s Curtis Sparks horsepower to pull the holeshot in SXS Pro Production. Sliding back to second place, he struggled with a brake issue, but man¬aged a solid second place finish. In true RJ Anderson style, the #37 Walker Evans/HRP Polaris® XP 1000 went checkers or wreckers. Bat¬tling up front at the beginning, he suffered a broken bolt that had him upside down and off the box. Ronnie Anderson continues to impress in the SXS Production 1000 class. Watch for more podiums out of the #520 Walker Evans/HRP Polaris® RZR XP 900.
Back east at the GNCC opener, Kiger landed (still wearing his driving suit from the Mint) and headed straight to the track – helmet and gog¬gles waiting. Scott drove a solid race and put the new Polaris®/Coastal/ Holz RZR XP 1000 through it’s paces finishing with a solid 5th place finish in it’s first outing. Kiger’s daughter pulled a novice win as well.
Next up, RJ Anderson and teammate Beau Baron will head to Lake Hurricane, UT for Round #4 of the WORCS Series with their HRP/ Polaris® RZR® XP 1000s on April 12th. The Holz/Coastal RZR® XP will head back for some testing & development and be ready for the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 on May 3rd in Alamo, NV. And the Coastal GNCC team will get their Polaris® RZR®s ready for Round #2 at The Big Buck in Union, South Carolina on April 12th.
**Photos courtesy of Harlen Foley & Rusty Baptist //