Polaris RZR Factory Racing Dominates at the San Felipe 250 with Three WinsRZR Factory Racing’s Jagged X Team scores opening round UTV overall Win
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Apr. 4, 2022) – The Polaris RZR Factory Racing team put together a commanding performance at the 35th running of the King Schocks SCORE San Felipe 250, with Wayne Matlock taking the overall win in the new RZR Pro R. The Polaris Factory Team commanded the field as Justin Lambert took second overall and first in the Pro Turbo Class, while Mike Cafro and Craig Scanlon finished second and third, respectively, and completed the Pro Open Class podium sweep alongside Matlock. Finishing the day was Joe Bolton, winning the Naturally Aspirated Class aboard his RZR XP1000.
“Today was an awesome day for the whole Polaris Racing team. We came into this weekend ready to make a statement, and that is exactly what we did,” said Brett Carpenter, Manager of the Polaris Factory Racing Team. “Wayne drove flawlessly all day to capture the win. This showing is a testament to the capabilities of our racers, but also the RZR Pro R platform. These vehicles are incredibly durable and capable to handle even the toughest conditions, which was showcased today.”
Throughout the 277-mile race, Matlock methodically navigated his Pro R across the rugged Baja desert to take the checkered flag and win in 6 hours, 8 minutes, and 50 seconds, nearly 5 minutes faster than the next vehicle. Wayne started the race in pole position in his class, however he’d need to work through the dust of nearly 30 other UTV’s in the Forced Induction class ahead of him to contend for the overall UTV crown. He’d do just that. By race mile 45, Wayne had worked through half of the pack and was on pace for the lead on corrected time by the mid-way point of the race.
Polaris Racing teammate, Justin Lambert was holding a blistering pace and the first physical position all day while feeling the pressure of 30 other pro class UTV’s behind him. By race mile 150, Polaris Factory Racing drivers were in the lead in all 3 pro classes with Lambert leading the field physically, Matlock leading the open class and chasing down Lambert, and Joe Bolton battled with Kaden Wells, swapping the lead multiple times in the Normally Aspirated class.
At race mile 215, with Justin Lambert still out front as the physical leader and in contention for the overall on corrected time with Matlock, the baja terrain would put Wayne Matlock’s Pro R to the test where he’d face some downtime in Matomi Wash, one of the most notoriously rough sections of baja. After regrouping, Matlock knew he’d have to put his foot down to have a chance at the overall win. He’d do just that, passing a half a dozen vehicles in the last 50 miles to secure the top spot in the Pro UTV Open class and capture the overall win, beating Polaris teammate Justin Lambert, who secured the Pro UTV Turbo class win.
While celebrating his victory, Wayne Matlock said, “This RZR was on absolute rails all day. This is by far one of the roughest off-road desert races we compete at and the Pro R handled it flawlessly.” Matlock continued by explaining, Baja through everything it had at us but this Matlock Racing team never gave up and we just kept pushing to the front. I can’t wait to get back down to Baja in this Pro R for the 500!
Polaris RZR Factory Racing will be back in action at the Baja 500 on June 1-5, 2022.