Press Release –
As one of the most recognized names (and faces) in ATV racing, Mike Penland has always brought his wit, skill and determination to the GNCC course.
Before the race starts, one can usually spot his distinctive straw hat and moustache making its way throughout the line as he offers last-minute advice to nervous racers, or a kind word to someone he has not seen in a while.
Once the flag drops, however, Penland is one of the best racers on the course. He is a multi-time champion from the deserts of the Baja Peninsula to the woods of the eastern United States.
He returns to Can-Am racing aboard an Outlander 800 in the 4×4 Limited class; he will be seeking his unprecedented twelfth GNCC championship!
As Mike Penland’s son, Hoyt Penland has been around ATV racing just about his entire life. He joins his father on the GNCC series where he will ride a Renegade 800 in the competitive U2 class.
Hoyt looks to build on his experience gained during the 2007 season and contest for the class championship in 2008.
Team MPR’s racer in the 4×4 Open will be Jacob Kirst. Like last season, Kirst will race an Outlander 800 ATV in the class. Kirst earned several top-three finishes in the 4×4 Open class and plans on winning the class next season.
Both Josh Frederick and Jeremy Schell were closely involved in the testing and development of the DS 450 ATV.
These two racers have more time on the machine than any other racers and will continue to test and win on the 450 next year. They join a new team to the Can-Am X-Team fold, Motoworks. The team will be based out of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and will be Can-Am racing’s West Coast team.
Frederick’s name is already etched in Can-Am history as he piloted the DS 450 to its first race win (in its inaugural race) at the WORCS race near Olympia, Wa. This year, Frederick will race in both the WORCS series and Quadcross series on the DS 450 ATV.
For racer Jeremy Schell, he has seen the DS 450 go from a rough draft to a polished, race-prepped ATV. Schell is second in points behind team mate Frederick for the 2007 WORCS series and looks forward to challenge for Quadcross and WORCS championships next year on a DS 450.