DS 450 Pilot Cody Miller Wins Two Classes at TQRA Opener In Texas
Valcourt, Québec, February 28, 2013 –Steve Beilman and Wayne Matlock piloted their virtually stock Can-Am® Maverick™ 1000R X® rs side-by-side vehicles to a 1-2 finish in the UTV Open class at round one of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Series (LOORS) at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. In Texas, Louis Powersports / Can-Am DS 450™ Pro Cody Miller won both the Open Expert (Pro) and Pro-Am classes at round one of the Dockside Marine Texhoma Quad Racing Association (TQRA) series.
Steve Beilman won the UTV Open class at the LOORS opener held at Glen Helen Raceway in SoCal.
“It’s great to have off-road racing veterans like Wayne Matlock and Steve Beilman behind the wheel of the new Maverick 1000R X rs and even better to have them put it on the LOORS podium. These guys basically had stock vehicles, sans the cage and doors, yet still dominated the UTV Open class at round one,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Their genuine excitement about the Maverick, along with their recent racing success is not only contagious, but it also reinforces that fact that our all-new high-performance side-by-side vehicle is purpose-built to win races.”
Despite limited practice time, Matlock qualified first in the UTV Open class, while Beilman secured the third spot on the line. At the start of the main event, a modified competitive vehicle edged Matlock for the holeshot, but both he and Beilman locked in behind the leader and, by lap two, were already pressuring him for the lead. Matlock was on rear bumper waiting for a time to pass, but was hampered when the leader slowed over a jump. Beilman took advantage of the leader’s pause and pinned it over a tabletop jump and literally leaped to the front, passing both the leader and Matlock. From there, Beilman maintained a steady pace and tried to extend his lead.
(L-R) At LOORS round one, Steve Beilman and Wayne Matlock finished first and second in the UTV Open class essentially stock Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs side-by-side vehicles.
Louis Powersports / Can-Am DS 450 teammates and brothers Hunter and Cody Miller each won one Open Expert (Pro) class moto at round one of the TQRA series opener at Village Creek MX in Forth Worth, Texas. However, since Cody won the final moto, he earned the overall win over the elder Miller.
With 1-2 moto finishes, Cody also edged Hunter in the Pro-Am ATV class. Hunter Miller won the second moto, but finished third in the first moto and had to settle for second overall. With a 1-1 moto sweep, fellow Can-Am racer, Jeff Reeves, won the Over 30 A class and put his DS 450 ATV on top of the podium at Village Creek MX.
Cody Miller won two classes on his Louis Powersports-supported Can-Am DS 450 ATV at the TQRA opener in Texas. (Peter Mokry image)
The Millers were excited to debut their Maverick 1000R X rs vehicles in the series, but due to a lack of competition, the side-by-side racing was cancelled. Round two of the TQRA series is slated for March 16-17, at Moto City in Blanchard, Okla.
For more information on Can-Am racing, the Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle, the entire 2013 schedule, the ’13 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.
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