Newport Beach, CA (1/10/2018) – David Martinez proved hard work at the end of the season on his Polaris RZR is paying off as he put in a strong run in the Parker 250. The race was the opening round of the Best in the Desert Series and was held in the desert outside Parker, AZ.
The three-lap race was held on an 80-mile loop through rocky desert, sand washes, and canyons. As the race progressed, the track got rougher and rougher. Despite the conditions, Martinez’s Polaris, with updated clutching and suspension, was on rails.
“The course was super rough, but the car was great and it drove better than it ever has,” said Martinez. “All of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together and we’re ready to aim for the podium.”
Martinez took delivery on the new Polaris midway through last season. He worked hard from there to develop the new ride. He proved here that his valiant efforts are paying off.
“We had to work out a lot of bugs in the car last year, so to start fresh with everything ready to go was a great way to kick off the season,” said Martinez. “Mark Queen really dialed in the RZR, and we were on pace for most of the race.”
ITP Tires were again a big part of his efforts here. In fact, Martinez smashed into a boulder and though the tire deflated, it held together long enough for him to get to a spot where he could change it.
“The ITP Tires worked great,” said Martinez. “I actually abused one of them pretty badly. I hit a rock hard and then drove it hard after that. It really coped with abuse well until we were finally able to change it.”
With many in the field having difficulty negotiating the tricky sand washes, Martinez’s RZR ran flat and fast. He thanked Shock Therapy for the expert tuning on his shocks.
“Kudos to Shock Therapy for their work on my Fox shocks,” said Martinez. “Nothing has been changed on them from last year so it just shows what Justin does, works. We’ll take them back to them in the off time before the next race and really get them tuned in.”
Martinez welcomed Raceline Wheels to his team this year. After debuting a new line of forged wheels last year, Martinez was sold on the Racelines.
“Ryan Edwards with Raceline has always been a good friend,” said Martinez. “They have some new wheels and they have a great program over there. I’m very excited to be part of a progressive wheel program.”
Martinez next heads to the Mint 400. He’s had success there in the last two years, winning the Unlimited class in 2016 and finishing fourth in Pro Turbo last year. He has his eyes set on the podium this year.
“We’ve always finished well there,” said Martinez. “We have the clutching where it needs to be. The shock tuning is great. Plus we have the new Raceline wheels and Gates Belts. So we have a good shot at the box this year.”
Martinez will be ready for the podium at the Mint 400 March 8-11 in Las Vegas.
NNewport Beach, CA (12/7/2017) – David Martinez finished out the season strong with a consistent effort in his Polaris RZR in the Pahrump Nugget 250. The event was the season finale for the Best in the Desert Series and was held in the desert surrounding Pahrump, NV.
The track was in a word: “brutal.” Rocks, visibility-sapping dust, and silt beds whittled down the starting field considerably at the finish. Martinez held strong and had a relatively issue-free day, finishing 13th.
““It took everything we had to get that finish today, and we got it done,” said Martinez. “We just wanted to get all of the bugs worked out of our new Polaris and come into 2018 ready to go. We’re on pace to get on the box, and we’re just having new car blues. These courses out here are going to push it.”
While the overall results may not show it, Martinez has made huge strides in developing his Polaris RZR Turbo. He has made progress every race and the car is now fully developed just in time to kick off 2018.
“We’ve really progressed this year,” said Martinez. “It’s a completely different type of racing running with Polaris, and Johnny Angal with UTV Inc' was a bit help.”
“An important part of his success this year has been ITP Tires. While many in the field run flat prevention devices, Martinez said he doesn’t need them. In what was likely the most difficult course on tires this season, he was proven right.
“This was, by far, the gnarliest course of the season,” said Martinez. “It has the most jagged rocks I’ve ever seen and we had just one flat with no Tire Balls and no Tire Blocks. The ITP Tires held up great.”
“Despite losing all of his transmission oil during the event, Motul’s leading film protection held up and allowed him to finish the race. “We lost all of the oil out of the transmission and it didn’t lock up, so that says a lot about Motul,” said Martinez. “We’re just happy to finish out the season on a high note.”
Martinez will kick off the 2018 BITD season in just a few weeks as the series will hold round one January 5-6. The Casey Folks Parker 250 is being held in Parker, AZ.
This weekend’s race was a true testament to the reliability of the Polaris Rzr Platform built by UTV Inc, and the brands we run. Right from the start the tranny temp kept rising and never went down, after it maxed out at 350 degrees within the first 50 miles. We assumed the tranny would blow at any moment, so we went into survival mode and had to start letting cars pass us, knowing we had the pace and were running in the top 5 but had to make the decision to be responsible to our sponsors to just try and get a finish, as at that point, we knew our miles were numbered.
The amazing thing is the tranny never ever let go due to the Motul Gear Competition 75/140 oil Motulusa coating the tranny, even as we kept losing oil, then next the tranny pump went out. If that wasn’t enough to have in the back of your head for 250 miles, the clutch started over heating and slipping, so I kept having to feather it and keep my speed off pace, to avoid losing more time changing belts running 283 degrees or more. All day with not one belt failure, I can’t say enough about the strength 💪of the Gates G Force Belts. The course had some nasty rocks and not one tire failure, the ITP Tires Wheels were flawless with the Method Race Wheels and the Fox Shocks were perfectly dialed in by Shock Therapy USA, so plush, and the course was no match for Summer Brothers Racing Axles. The car kept breathing thru the nasty silt with our KN Filters and clear radio communications from our PCI Race Radios along with the extra horsepower when we could use it from our HMF Exhaust, and perfect battery power with Shorai Power, and always keeping us safe in the blinding dust Baja Designs Official. This finish was only possible because of the world class company’s we run on our race car.
The flawless prep done by the best wrench at The Craft Union. We are so thankful we were able to get our finish, for all that support of our journey, not sure how well, I think 11th but we won our own race against the elements that were out of our control and for that I am super pumped for my team and sponsors. Thank you for your quality products that got us to the finish line when we needed it the most, we are supported by the best.
Newport Beach, CA (10/2/2017) – David Martinez continued to show his competitive spirit in his Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, finishing 10th in the UTV Turbo Class in the Silver State 150. The race was round five of the Best in the Desert Series.
After two races working out the new car gremlins, Martinez scored his first top ten since scoring a fourth place at the Mint 400. He aced the circuit-style track that featured a blend of tight technical sections in the rocks and canyons, as well as high-speed open sections.
“This was the most fun I’ve had in the new car,” said Martinez. “I finally got to drive it like I wanted to. I’ve been babying it while I got used to it, so it was nice to drive it hard. I really wanted to see what it could do. The car was awesome all the way through.”
Martinez is in his first year of racing the Pro Turbo class. Martinez pulled off the top 10 despite steering rack issues and a flat tire just 10 miles from the finish. The minor issues were indeed minor as many cars succumbed to the difficult terrain.
“The course was super fast and technical in some areas,” said Martinez. “There was a lot of carnage with cars flipped over. The steering was fighting us for the last 50 miles so we just tried to get a finish and then I had a flat tire 10 miles from the finish.”
Temperatures were unseasonably cool during the race. At the start, it was below freezing and the mercury never moved much past 40 degrees during the event. Martinez said the cool temperatures made for better racing.
“The cool weather was the best thing for the car because the belt temperatures were so high,” said Martinez. “We were cruising all day without a belt issue and Gates Belts came through again.”
Martinez has a huge group of sponsors behind him, including Polaris and UTV Inc., as well as Motul USA, and ITP Tires. They make it possible for him to compete at the highest level of off-road racing.
“UTV Inc and Johnny Angal came through with an awesome car and I want to thank Craig Scanlon from Polaris for letting me race for the RZR team,” said Martinez. “I’m proud to get a good finish and keep the momentum going forward.”
Martinez will be back in action as BITD heads to rural Tonopah, NV for the Tonopah 250. That race is scheduled for October 19-22.
Thanks V2R for 429 miles of an awesome ass kicking. We had a plan, we stuck to it and it was working as we went from 45th to 25th to 13th overall by mile 300. I have never, ever, intentionally driven so damn slow or conservative in my life, I truly believe that was the hardest part of this race. Heck I was even letting my fellow teammates and competitors pass me at will. Hell, I even got some love taps from a few, but didn't pay them no mind as I would end up passing those same people just as I thought I would a few miles later and get the last laugh as we passed them while they were stuck off in the weeds or the pits scrambling around for a fix. Right before Pit 10 my co-driver was losing his mind going so slow so I got tired of his bitching and diverted from the plan and started throttling down in the silt to catch a car and of course I should never have changed the plan as we blew a left front wheel out, hitting a big rock hidden in the silt curtain. Got out, changed it and headed for Pit 10 where Scanlon Motorsports Crew was right there to help give us one of their spares to keep us charging forward. We left that pit thinking all is good no worries we got a lot of racing still to go so we got back to our game plan.
At mile 329 it all changed, the car lost all power and had no boost and was misfiring and couldn't move. At that point I think I invented a few new cuss words that had never been thought of, we then dumped half the desert out of our ump and thought no worries that's the issue throw it back in and let's roll. HaHa yeah right, really thought it would be that easy. We couldn't fix it so we got towed back to Pit 10, but with no pit crew there, as they had already moved on we then figured we are screwed but of course my badass Polaris Rzr Teammates, Rockstar Custom Crew and Queen Racing were right there to give a helping hand, even though they were in the middle of changing a tranny; what an awesome group. They tried multiple items, found nothing and then Mark said re set the ECU and see if it goes away, holy shit it's a miracle. Get in, let's go, let's go as we had been down for at least two hours at that point. As we headed back out into the darkness, all we could think of is let's finish this with no more issues and it’s time to make up some down time. Then as we passed thru Pit 11 we saw multiple cars down in the pits and thought ok let's keep on charging there is a lot of course still left to handle, stay focused.
Right, when we got our second breath, we got to the rock quarry and our hopes and dreams of the finish with no more issues came to a surreal-loud sputtering stop with the same issue we had before, but now we were stuck in a deep remote spot and had no contact with our chase truck and no one was around. We then again got out, tried to reset the ECU and trouble shoot multiple things, but with not the same results as the first time, we were with no way to keep moving. We hung out and enjoyed some shut eye and talked about how we were gonna do this, and better, and realized how far in the middle of the desert we really were. You can only control what you can control, so now it's time to cowboy up and start thinking about how you are going to win the next round and we had to just realize with no way at that point to continue, we had to just enjoy some sleep and wait until 3:45am for the truck and call it. Thank you to all the great people along the journey that took the time to stop and check on us, or help with a missing part during testing Motorsports Off Road or give us their knowledge, Queen Racing or spare Scanlon Motorsports or take time away from getting their own race car back together Rockstar Custom to help us. The UTV Community is an awesome community thanks for letting us be part of this. Polaris Rzr, V2R, Motulusa, UTV Inc, Pirates Cove Resort, Giant RV, Attitude Toy Haulers, Dm923, Utv Race Team, ITP Tires, Ridefox, KN Filters, Baja Designs, PC Radios, Metho #futvarmy, Shock Therapy 2017, Pro Eagle Jacks, Action Sports Canopies, AM Racing, Victorville Motors, Power Tank, and Pyrotect.
Newport Beach, CA (04/25/2017) – David Martinez debuted his new UTV Inc’s. Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo during the UTV World Championship in Laughlin, NV. The event was the third round of competition for the Best in the Desert Series.
Martinez is contesting his first season in SXS Pro Turbo, driving a four-seat Polaris RZR. Despite some teething problems during the race, Martinez completed all 10 laps of the race and finished 14th.
We came into the race with a brand new car with only minimal miles of testing,” explained Martinez. “The new car gremlins are always in the back of your mind. The car ran strong, though. We had a few problems. But to have all of these things happen and still get 10 laps is good. Getting a finish was winning for us.”
The track, which featured a 16-mile loop in the desert outside Laughlin was extremely rough. Despite early issues, Martinez used the event as a live test and found several bugs to be fixed.
“This was, by far, the roughest track I’ve ever raced on,” said Martinez. “The chatter bumps would have taken down buildings. We had some belt problems early on, so we ran it at about 60% for the rest of the race. Once we get on top of these issues, we’ll be right on top.”
Martinez has a huge group of sponsors behind him, including Polaris and UTV Inc. He is able to compete in the big leagues of desert racing due to these partnerships.
“Polaris, UTV Inc, Motul USA, Pirate’s Cove, ITP Tires and many more sponsors have helped us big time to create a program that can compete at the highest level,” said Martinez. “We’re glad to have a car to help deliver to them the results of which we’re capable.”
With over three months before the next race, Martinez and his team will be hard at work. They will spend every spare moment testing and making the car better.
“We’re going to optimize our downtime and get some seat time,” said Martinez. “We’ll do some testing with Justin at Shock Therapy and at Pirate’s Cove. When we come into the race, we’ll be there with guns blazing. This car is just so dynamic in the corners. It articulates very quickly.”
Martinez will be back in action as BITD heads to Las Vegas for the annual Vegas to Reno race. That event is scheduled for August 16-19.
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.
Newport Beach, CA (1/14/2017) – David Martinez made his debut in the Pro Turbo UTV class at the Parker 250 Best in the Desert season opener. For 2017, Martinez has dramatically changed up his racing program by switching to the factory Polaris team and joining forces with UTV, Inc. to compete for the highly competitive Pro Turbo UTV Championship.
With the help of 2015 BITD UTV Grand Champion, Johnny Angal and UTV, Inc. David Martinez is planning a full-on assault on the Pro Turbo Championship. He actually competed in Angal’s personal Polaris RZR Turbo at Parker and will debut his own UTV, Inc. 2017 RZR at the Mint 400.
“It is so awesome to join the Polaris family of champions where I can surround myself with such a group of talented racers and proven machines,” said Martinez. “The UTV, Inc. car on race day was setup exactly the way I had envisioned it to be. I had never even driven a Polaris before belting in at the start. Coming into the race, I put all my trust in Johnny’s reputation and knowledge of the car and it was more badass than I could have ever expected. I was astounded at the level of the car, I was completely blown away. It was comfortable, fast, handled great, the shock tuning & suspension was on the next level, let’s just say it doesn’t like to be driven like a sissy.
“We were passing cars on the first & second lap like they were standing still. We passed many top drivers and teams that had started on the first few rows. I can’t begin to tell you how badass it felt to be passing them after we started 39th almost last off the line,” added Martinez. “To switch to a new car manufacture and a new race team and to be that comfortable driving at that level and those speeds thru some of the harshest and fastest sections in a car I have never stepped foot in was truly something I’ve never experienced to this point. Polaris is the most race proven vehicle in the market hands down and that’s why they are such a dominant force in the UTV industry.”
Martinez had a great run from the back of the pack going all day, until an issue at the end of his second lap would only enable him to get the finish, grab some early on needed season points and move on to fight at the next round in Las Vegas. Martinez is no snowflake when it comes to the competition. He is here to win and win big.
“When we decided to make the switch from WORCS to BITD last year, we tried to put together some good finishes and wins and we did,” said Martinez. “We want to race to win not to just finish” yes I know it’s part of the whole picture as you can’t win if you don’t finish, but we are coming for one purpose and that’s to drive relentlessly for wins with intensity and speed every race. Trust me when I tell you we will be pushing the limits every time we strap into UTV Inc.’s Polaris race car. I am here to compete with the best of the best at the highest level of UTV racing. I went into the Pro Turbo Class for one thing and that’s to push myself, my team, and my race car on to the podium by all means necessary.” Martinez added, “We are beyond excited to be teamed up moving forward with the best manufacture, builder and team in the business. I feel they will give us the greatest opportunity for success on and off the track. Polaris Team RZR and Johnny don’t just race to finish or just to compete, these programs race to win every time they strap into a vehicle with no compromise or excuses. That’s the philosophy I believe in and follow. I want to win and will do whatever it takes to get there, so of course I went with the best Team in the UTV industry Polaris Team RZR and UTV, Inc.”
Martinez will be in his brand new Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo when the BITD Series heads to Las Vegas on March 2-5 for the legendary Mint 400.