Newport Beach, CA (3/15/2017) – David Martinez continued his rookie season in the Best in the Desert Series UTV Pro Turbo class with a fourth-place finish at the Polaris RZR Mint 400. The factory Polaris driver competed in a UTV, Inc. Polaris RZR Turbo.
Martinez raced 2015 BITD UTV Grand Champion Johnny Angal’s personal car in the event. Despite rough conditions on the 100-plus-mile circuit, Martinez ran a consistent race to net the top five.
“The Polaris RZR was all that today,” said Martinez. “These RZRs are something else. We stepped up with the program this year and the car is just badass. The course was really rough this year, but it wasn’t anything the car couldn’t take.” Johnny's car hauls ass.
In a race that featured 110 entries in the UTV class, most of the drivers barely made a lap before retiring from the event. Martinez, on the other hand, had few issues during the three-lap race. Angal and UTV, Inc. will have Martinez’s new RZR ready for the next round.
“The UTV Inc. race car was just rocking today,” said Martinez. “We had no issues with the car all day. Until 30 miles into the last lap we got a nasty sidewall gash and had to stop and change the rear tire. I quickly realized I had to make a hard decision on how I would continue as I lost my 3rd place position changing the tire, but there was still 80 miles to go to finish. Do I get back in the car and try and track down driver Ellstrom and risk pushing to hard and possibly get another flat and now having no spare I thought to myself, I can go for the glory and take chance to grab back my spot or play it safe stay in a smooth fast pace to the finish and not lose another position. I decided to make the mature decision and not risk it and grab some good points and head to World Championship and live to fight the good fight another day. We’ll have the new UTV Inc. race car ready for the World Championship. We’re going to kick it up another notch at World Championship. We are coming for that top spot by all means necessary with a no mercy mentality."
Martinez won the Unlimited class race in last year’s Mint 400, his debut in the race. He is impressed by the growth of the event from last season.
“Just to see the growth even from last year is amazing,” said Martinez. “It seems like the event has doubled in size and it was a huge show.
Martinez will be racing his new Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo when the BITD Series heads to Laughlin, NV for the UTV World Championship, April 14-15.