Yamaha ATV Team Sets Records On and Off Course at GNCC Ironman

by Off-Road Hub Mag | Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Team Blue Celebrates Champs and Donates Unprecedented $6,000 at “Second Annual Pink Race”

yamahaCYPRESS, Calif. – October 27, 2011 – Yamaha’s cross country ATV race team started celebrating the 2011 season early this year at the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  With two series championships already clinched and the season’s largest gathering of racers and fans on hand, Yamaha rolled out a host of racer and fan appreciation activities and raised the donation bar for the “Annual Pink Race.”

Typically the season finale, this year’s Ironman landed two weeks before the final round of 2011 coming up at Loretta Lynn’s in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, which was rescheduled to November 5.  Traci Cecco took her eighth win of the year in the Women’s class adding to her record eighth series championship which she secured even before the Ironman.  Ballance Racing’s Walker Fowler, who has also already locked in his series championship, took his twelfth straight XC2 Pro Am win – a series record.  In XC1 Pro competition, Ballance Racing’s Taylor Kiser finished second – his fifth podium of the season – which moved him to third in overall series points.

A true supporter of the sport, Yamaha rolled its demo truck into Crawfordsville again this year and set up a hospitality area for racers and fans alike handing out 800 Yamaha beanies.  New for this year, Yamaha displayed large banners and gave out posters listing top Yamaha racers from each category.  More than 100 racers were recognized and congratulated for their seasons.

“GNCC Racing is proud to provide a platform in which members of the off-road racing community can give back to local organizations such as FAITH Alliance,” said GNCC Media Manager Jen Kenyon.  “Yamaha stepped up in a big way at Ironman to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness and their commitment to their program here at GNCC.”

Yamaha set an Ironman “Annual Pink Race” record by committing $6,000 in support of FAITH Alliance, a breast cancer resource in Montgomery County, Indiana.  Yamaha will donate $1,000 on behalf of each of the five Yamaha racers who captured podium finishes in the overall morning and afternoon ATV races, including Taylor Kiser, second place in XC-1; Walker Fowler, first in XC-2; Gabe Philips, second in XC-2, Traci Cecco, first place women’s; and Dave Simmons, first in the master’s.  Yamaha also raised another $1,000 by raffling donated gear from Cecco and Fowler with the number one (#1) commemorating their 2011 series championships.

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