An Unlikely Winner Polaris Engineer Defeats Top Off-Road Racers to Win Championship Off-Road Turbo Race
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This past weekend at the Championship Off-Road Turbo race at ERX, Polaris came away victorious. But the Polaris victory wasn’t the surprise story coming out of ERX. It was the fact that the victory didn’t go to Polaris favorites Ronnie Anderson or Andrew Carlson, or Can Am frontrunner Kyle Cheney. Instead, it was everyman Robert Loire atop the podium – a full-time Polaris engineer who moonlights as a part-time off-road racer.
Not only did Loire outrace the Polaris favorites (Anderson and Carlson both suffered mechanical failures early in the race), he spent the entire race holding off a relentless attack from Can Am driver Kyle Cheney, widely considered one of the best SXS drivers in the world… All this, in-route to an incredible underdog victory and his first-ever pro race win. That’s no small feat for a guy that had to report to the office first thing Monday morning.
A company that truly practices what it preaches, Loire’s victory underscores the intensive passion and personal participation that powers Polaris’ entire product development and engineering team everyday they come to work with a mindset on making the best off-road vehicles in the world.
Loire’s underdog victory serves as a unique story which can inspire legions of everyday SXS owners to go for glory – even when it’s least expected. Who hasn’t imagined what it would be like to be capable of going head-to-head against the greatest in the game? Robert Loire always has, and last weekend, he didn’t just go head-to-head against the best, he beat them.