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Torco products used: Engine: SR-5R 20w50 • Trans SGO 75w140 • Suspension: RSF medium

Maverick Grabs First-Ever Vegas to Reno Win for Can-Am
Team Murray Racing / Del Amo Motorsports / Yoshimura / Can-Am completed the 540 + mile course in 12:05:22.689 to earn its first class win of 2013!

The Longest Off-Road Race in the US, Won by a Can-Am Maverick SxS

In the rough-and-rocky Nevada desert, the Murray Racing / Del Amo Motorsports / Yoshimura / Can-Am team was sitting in second place in the UTV Pro class (1900 P) standings, 22 points behind the leader. However, after the dust settled, the Murray / Can-Am team had won its first BITD Vegas To Reno event.

"Winning this race was one of our biggest accomplishments due to the length of the race and that our Can-Am Maverick was awesome, with no performance issues. This was a fun race to win, as we were running within minutes of our main competitors for most of the entire race." said Derek Murray. "It's really cool that we could win with a stock engine along with stock differentials and CVs. To be the only UTV team in the race that beat all the 120- to130-mph trophy trucks to the finish line was a huge accomplishment, something that our team is very proud of."

The Maverick launched 1st from the starting line and just spread the gap from the competition, owning a 10-minute! advantage at just 100 miles. Things started to get dicey at the midway mark when 3 teams were battling for the lead, actually swapping leaders during the 380-415 mile sections! During the high-speed sections, the Can-Am Maverick dropped to third and it was a battle back and forth for over 200 miles. The Murray / Can-Am team regained the lead at mile 450 and never looked back, giving Can-Am its first BITD Win of 2013. This long distance endurance race shows the reliability of the products used by the team.

Murray Racing

Murray Racing

Murray Motorsports would like to thank the wonderful support of our 2013 sponsors. They are truly the best option for your ATV/UTV needs. It takes the best products to get the best results! Can Am for building one of the best, most reliable and fast Side by Sides on the Market. ITP for producing the toughest tire on the market and rims to hold up the most grueling conditions. Yoshimura for awesome exhaust, and fuel management systems, Lone Star for suspension kits that gets abused to the limit and somehow they keep the team fast and get them to the finish line. Fox for shocks that make the rough desert seem smooth. Del Amo Motorsports for being a great sponsor and team mate. K&N for the best air filters available. Beard seating for the awesome newly designed seats that are so comfortable. Torco for the best lubricants that keep our drive train reliable. Lazer Star lighting for turning night into day. Dead Rabbit clothing for all the help with shirts, apparel, hats, and marketing material so the team can look good and represent the industry! UTVunderground.com the best source of information in the industry, and amazing photos! And to our team who helps prep, and support us at each event, we could not do it without you.

Murray Racing Finishes BITD Silver State 300 On the Podium
May 8, 2013

In Las Vegas, NV on May 4, 2013, the 1917 Murray Racing Del Amo Motorsports Can-Am Maverick Team was excited to line up early at the Silver State 300. This race marks the halfway point of the extremely competitive 2013 BITD season. Coming off a 3rd place finish at the 2013 Mint 400, Murray Racing had set high goals for the Silver State 300. As the sun came up over the Nevada desert each competitor tore off one by one on the 300-mile epic adventure. Murray Racing was the third Pro UTV off the line.

We set a pretty good pace the first 100 miles. Our Maverick was humming! We had spent a significant amount of time the weeks prior dialing in our newly developed factory designed Lone Star Racing Long Travel Kit. The time spent paid off – our suspension worked flawlessly. At mile 150 we made a drivers change and continued on course. At this point the battle for position started to heat up. We had been running in the top five all day between second and fifth. As we neared the 160 mile marker, we noticed the brakes were starting to go out. We pulled off course at about mile 170 to evaluate the situation.

After bleeding the brakes a few times, we jumped back in the car and off we went. Bleeding the brakes helped a little; we maybe had 10% - 20% of our normal braking. We ended up having to bleed the brakes two or three times over the next 30 miles to keep things safe. As we came into the final pit, we saw Cognito pulling out about one-half mile ahead. Having started two positions ahead of us we knew that Cognito had to beat us by more than a minute on corrected time in order to take 3rd. With 50 miles left to race, virtually no brakes, and one-half mile to make up on a very fast Cognito race team we knew we had to push our Maverick in order to take over 3rd place. We wanted the physical 3rd place and so the chase was on! Turn after turn we slowly were getting closer to their dust cloud. With about 20 miles left in the race, we knew we were close enough to have them on corrected time. We decided to ride their dust to the finish line instead of making a potentially dangerous pass with poor brakes. For about 10 miles we followed them before the dust settled and we were able to pass when they encountered another mechanical issue and had to pull off. We finished the 2013 Silver State 300 with a 3rd place finish. Can-Am did a great job when they built the Maverick. We are the only team running in the top with a stock engine and clutch setup. This goes to show the true power of the Can-Am Maverick! Overall, we had one flat tire and brake issues resulting in a little over 15 minutes of down time. We were happy to finish on the podium. We look forward to the Baja 500 at the end of the month. This finish puts the 1917 Can-Am team in 2nd place overall halfway through the 2013 BITD season!

Murray Racing

Murray Racing

Murray Racing
Murray Motorsports would like to thank the wonderful support of our major sponsors. Can-Am for building one of the best, most reliable and fast Side-by-Sides on the Market. ITP for producing the toughest tire on the market and rims to hold up the most grueling conditions. Yoshimura for awesome exhaust, and fuel management systems, Lone Star for suspension kits that gets abused to the limit; somehow they keep the team fast and get them to the finish line. Fox for shocks that make the rough desert seem smooth. Del Amo Motorsports for being a great sponsor and team mate. AMR Racing for the best looking and most durable graphic kits in the industry. K&N for the best air filters available.

Beard seating for the awesome newly designed seats that are so comfortable. Torco for lubricants that keep our drive train reliable. LazerStar lighting for turning night into day. Dead Rabbit clothing for all the help with shirts, apparel, hats, and marketing materials so the team can look good and represent the industry! UTVunderground.com, the best source of information in the industry, and amazing photos! And to our team who helps prep, and support us at each event, we could not do it without you.

Murray Racing Debuts new Can Am Maverick in its First BITD Event
April 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV, March 23, 2013, Murray Motorsports showed up to the Mint 400 in full Vegas fashion ready to race the newly built Can Am Maverick for its first Best In the Desert (BITD) event. The team set up Thursday for a fun filled evening on Freemont Street with the Yoshimura Factory rig as the base camp to display last years Mint 400 winning Can Am Commander, the new Can Am Maverick WORCS vehicle, in addition to the new 1917 Maverick to be raced in the 2013 Mint 400. Murray Motorsports set up again Friday, representing its brand and sponsors, while also unveiling its limited edition 2013 Mint 400 shirts, hats, cups, magnets, pens and the big hit---hand drawn posters being signed and handed out for free!

For the second time in the history of the famous Mint 400 Off-road Desert race, UTVs were invited to be a part of this prestigious event. The downtown Freemont experience was bigger and better than last year and hands down is the largest off-road race in the USA. There were just under 300 teams entered, consisting exclusively of Trick Trucks, trucks, Buggies, and UTVs, with a total of 26 UTV teams being one of the larger classes. Mad Media and Best in the Desert (BITD) teamed up to raise the bar in off-road racing at this event. Five days of festivities, events, and racing were held to bring the fans and racers closer together, and on race day the course filmed from ground and sky to capture the full essence of what desert racing is all about.

Early Saturday morning, the 1917 Murray Racing Can Am Maverick was lined up in the 4th position in class 1900, starting after nearly 70 buggies in other classes. This would make for a very dusty, and rough ride. When the light went green, two UTVs would leave the line every 30 seconds to race out into the desert. The Maverick started on the outside line being driven by Derek Murray, and pulled the hole shot and set out into the dusty dark desert. Very quickly the Maverick passed the 2nd place car on track, and moved up to first physically on course by mile 25. The Maverick was running so awesome, passing numerous vehicles in earlier classes. The course was extremely rough. Miles on end of 2-3 foot whoops, rock areas, and soft sand mixed with fine powder dust, and little wind, made for plenty of carnage. Many other class vehicles were scattering the course like sitting obstacles to dodge as the 1917 Maverick passed by.

At Pit A, about 45 miles in, the Maverick had a CV boot leak and needed to repair it, losing several positions and dropping to 6-8th place on the course. Once up and running, the team picked off competitors one at a time and by end of the first 100 mile lap, the team was sitting in 4th place physically. At main pit the team did a quick systems check, fuel, and driver change. Jason Murray took over the wheel to try and move up to the lead. At about 155 miles into the race the Murrays moved into 2nd, and began the hunt for the lead. Unfortunately, one small steering issue resulted in a 4-5 minute repair placed them in 3rd position on the course. The Murray Brothers pushed hard knowing that the team in 2nd was less than a mile ahead. The Maverick was driven to the max, hitting some impressive top speed numbers! When the dust settled it would end as close as it gets resulting in a 3rd place finish at the Mint 400 only 2 seconds short! The team is excited to hold a win and a 3rd place finish in the two years that the Mint has been raced with UTVs, and looks to get another win next year. The team was impressed with the agility, suspension, and power of the new Maverick at its first BITD race, and one of the most challenging in the USA! Look for a strong showing in the new 1917 Can Am for 2013!

Murray Motorsports would like to thank the wonderful support of our sponsors. Can Am for building one of the best, most reliable and fast Side by Sides on the Market. ITP for producing the toughest tire on the market and rims to hold up the most grueling conditions. Yoshimura for awesome exhaust and fuel management systems. Lone Star for suspension kits that gets abused to the limit and somehow they keep the team fast and get them to the finish line. Fox for shocks that make the rough desert seem smooth. Del Amo Motorsports for being a great sponsor and teammate. AMR Racing for the best looking and most durable graphic kits in the industry. K&N for the best air filters available. Beard seating for the awesome newly designed seats that are so comfortable. Torco for lubricants that keep our drive train reliable. LazerStar lighting for turning night into day. Dead Rabbit clothing for all the help with shirts, apparel, hats, and marketing material so the team can look good and represent the industry! UTVunderground.com the best source of information in the industry, and amazing photos! UTVGuide.net for being such a great industry resource! And to our team who helps prep, and support us at each event, we could not do it without you. BUILD-RACE-WIN

 

Murray Racing

Murray Racing

Murray Racing

Murray Racing

Murray Racing

Murray Racing


About the Team

Murray Racing began in 2009 when a passion for adventure and a need for competition took root with Jason and Derek Murray. The Brothers began fabricating their first full build UTV to enter into the BITD class 1900 race series. Their adventure started out with a 3rd place finish in their first desert race in the BITD series. Since then, Murray Racing has expanded with multiple cars competing in several different race series. The past two seasons have been very successful, resulting in numerous top 3 podium finishes. In addition, Murray Racing completed the 2010 and 2011 BITD season in 3rd place overall as a private team. The 2012 BITD season proved to be even more successful, with Murray Racing finishing in 2nd place overall. Murray Racing also boasts an impressive 20 consecutive BITD/SCORE finishing streak. Murray Racing is excited to announce that they'll be opening a new race shop which will offer full service fabrication and will produce top of the line Can Am Mavericks in 2013. The team is proud to have raised the bar in UTV racing by earning the full Factory support of BRP Can-Am for the 2013 season, and will be competing in BITD, SCORE, WORCS, King of the Hammers and Robby Gordon Stadium Series to provide maximum marketing exposure in all of the major racing series. Expect a much larger presence from Murray Racing at all race events in 2013!


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