Valcourt, Québec, June 3, 2009 - Multi-time off-road champion Terry Cunningham plans of giving ATV racing a shot after an extremely successful career on dirt bikes. Cunningham hails from the state of Ohio and is choosing the famed John Penton GNCC near Millfield, Ohio as the race to test his off-road skills with an extra two wheels. He will line up this Saturday with a Can-Am DS 450TM X xc against some of the best amateur off-road racing competition in the world.
"To have a legend like Terry Cunningham decide to come over to the ATV side is an event in itself, but to have him do it on a DS 450 X xc is terrific news," says Jimmie O'Dell, Racing Manager for Can-Am ATVs at BRP. "The combination of Cunningham's off-road skill and the DS 450 X xc should prove to be a formidable one out on the course Saturday."
The multi-time International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) gold medalist and four-time national enduro champion will make his ATV debut in the Senior A class. He will put his 41-years of racing experience to the test as he has only a handful of hours experience racing ATVs. According to Cunningham, he is looking forward to the challenge.
"God has blessed me with an opportunity to chase another adventure and take on a brand new challenge as I plan to race the John Penton GNCC event this weekend," says Cunningham. "ATV racing is one part of the off-road industry I haven't competed in and I'm thrilled that Can-Am has provided me this opportunity to compete in this event aboard the new Can-Am DS 450 X xc. This weekend's race in Ohio could be real entertaining for everyone to watch an old dog learn some new tricks!"
For more information on Can-Am racing, our 2009 contingency program and amateur DS 450 support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.
Bart Hayes and the folks at RidePG.com will bring their Ironman Award back this weekend at the John Penton, the rider who logs the longest race but still takes the checkered flag in the afternoon bike race gets a free set of RidePG.com Powersport GrafX pre-printed numbers and backgrounds. The winner at Somerset, PA was Mark Kingsbury, who was out there for three hours and 32 minutes to complete five laps.
Here's your Racer TV update for the weekend: On Saturday at 2:30 p.m. the Pirelli Big Buck Bike GNCC makes its debut. More good racing between Strang and Whibley down the stretch in this one, and you've also got the infamous Big Buck Creek Jump thrown in. A few years ago, guys like Juha Salminen and David Knight were checking out and winning races with ease. Watch the Big Buck and you will see that the old-school style of racing is back, because early in the race, you'll see about eight riders battling in a pack. Good stuff.
Here's a letter, help a racer out!
I don't know who will remember me, but I raced the series from '98 to '02 in the Vet and Jr. classes. I know a lot of the racers will remember me either from the races or from being part of "Bad" Chad Duvall's pit crew . Anyhow I have a nephew that has always wanted to race , I had him at Starvation Point the year we lost Bob "The Ironman" Sloan and he ask me for years about that . Well now in Walter Reed Army Medical Center fighting for his life. They say he has a infection that there is are antibiotics for. He has surgery every three or four days to clean out any infection and dead tissue, he has IV's on him at all times to help flush the infection out and the have cut him from his ankle to his lower back trying to get it all. They are telling us it could be November or December before he will get out of there . I thought it might be nice for him to get cards and letters from racers , I know all too well how close the GNCC family is. If anyone would like to send a card or a quick note to help cheer him up it would be great. He gets tired pretty easy but I am sure he would like to hear from people. The address is:”Ã¨”Ã¨Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã SPC Holshu, Brennan
C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20307
Thank You in advance ”Ã¨Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Henry Holshu
Okay that's it for this week, it's time to go racing again. Have a good time in Ohio and we'll see you at the races!