Why You Should Replace Your Harnesses Every Two Years

Off-road enthusiasts are told to replace their harnesses every two years. For racing, SFI tags only last two years from the date sold, and need to be replaced if you want to pass tech. Most of us (hopefully) know this. But why is it two years? Are the belts really “unsafe” after that time? If you’re just driving for recreation is it really that big of a deal? We provide some answers to these all too commonly asked questions.   

What is SFI?

The basis for the two-year life expectancy comes from SFI. For those of you that don’t know, the SFI Foundation is the not-for-profit organization that sets standards for safety equipment in the American racing industry. Those standards are set to make sure the equipment will function properly and ensure the safety of drivers. Whenever buying equipment, look for the SFI tags to be sure that its high quality and meets racing standards.

Why does it matter? It’s so we as a consumer can make sure we’re buying equipment that’s approved for our races. But more importantly that the equipment has been tested and proven to be safe; that it will actually work as advertised (i.e. that cheap Chinese fire-suit that isn’t actually “fireproof”).

For this reason, SFI has set standards for manufacturers to meet if they want their products to be used in the racing world. This causes manufacturers to meet these standards, improve their equipment, and helps to raise safety overall in both the racing and recreation markets. (The webbing used in a racing harness is the same webbing used in your recreation harness.)


For Harnesses, SFI has 16.1, 16.2, and 16.5 manufacturer certifications. Which harness do you need? Depends on what your racing sanction requires. We’re going to focus on 16.1 because it’s the most widely adopted by off-road sanctions and sold the most by manufacturers.

When testing for 16.1 certifications, SFI receives a complete 5 or 6pt harness with some extra webbing samples from the manufacturer. SFI criteria consist of testing the breaking strength of an individual webbing sample, and entire harness assembly by using a modified block that simulates a torso.

SFI 16.1 applies a load over the body block of 5,750lbs each on the laps and shoulders and over the complete 5 or 6 point assembly. Webbing test (breaking load) must meet 6,300lbs for laps and shoulders and 1,500lbs for sub straps. SFI labels on left shoulder belt, left lap belt, and sub strap.

Breaking strength of a harness is important in a crash. While the average person may only weigh 160lbs, the faster you’re traveling and the shorter distance you stop, the greater the force is going to be on the harness as it tries to keep your body in place. SFI decided on these numbers after various testing and taking into consideration the speeds achieved during races.

UV Exposure vs Strength

Over a prolonged period of time, the webbing material the straps and belts are made of start to lose their strength. UV exposure is the most direct cause of this. Ever had a lawn chair that sat outside for a few years? After a while the liner of it became weathered and started to fray…. the same thing happens to harness straps over time. So in a nutshell, don’t leave your vehicle outside and exposed all year long.

But how much strength does it actually lose? Let’s get scientific and take a look at SFI’s data:

For their experiment, SFI tested the breaking strength of two most common materials used to make harness straps—Nylon and Polyester—with both 3″ and 2″ straps. SFI tested new materials as a control, and materials after a UV exposure cycle to show the loss in strength.

3-inch Straps

SFI 3" seatbelt webbing test data

Both new nylon and new polyester start with similar strength at 10,549lb and 10,399lb respectively. The difference shows after each is put through UV exposure. Nylon loses 52% of its strength, breaking at 5,039lb. Polyester does much better, only losing 23% strength and breaking at 8,056lb. Remember, SFI’s minimum requirement is 6,300lbs. Polyester webbing is the only one which holds up under the UV test.

2-inch Straps

SFI testing data for 2" webbing
2″ webbing loses up to 53% of its strength putting it below the basic SFI standards.

New polyester starts at 7,151lb and new nylon at 5,723lb. With the minimum requirement at 6,300lbs, new 2” Nylon does not even pass. After UV exposure Poly loses 42% strength and breaks at 4,145lb. UV Exposed Nylon loses 53% strength and breaks at 2,712lb. Both are well under the SFI minimums after UV exposure.

Major Take-Aways

UV exposure is a much bigger factor than most people think. SFI’s estimates their UV exposure tests to be equivalent spending 80% of a year in Miami, Florida: 600 hours (400hrs direct light). Which honestly isn’t that much. Think about how many hours your car is out of the garage before a trip, while traveling, during the trip, and then again on the way home and during clean up. Now all of that combined over a year’s time. It adds up.

“We’ve had the same harnesses in a buggy for 10+ years. They seem fine.”

It’s time to change your belts! The data shows that belts can lose a significant amount of strength just over the course of 2 years. Those 10 year old belts definitely aren’t safe anymore, for racing or recreation. 

How much force are we talking?

The 6300lbs SFI standard seems like a lot of force. But how much is that in real world terms? We did some searching and found a calculator for the force exerted on a driver during a crash. A 160lb person, going 35mph with a stopping distance of 1 foot (the equivalent of hitting a wall or two vehicles head-on at  17.5 mph) produces 6,556lbs of force on the driver and belts. That’s not very fast, but that is a lot of force. Add to that the fact most off-road drivers are well over 160lbs and you have a recipe for disaster if your belts are older than a couple years.

SFI’s recommendation makes more sense now. Their main focus is safety and they need to set the requirement to cover the high speeds achieved during racing. Even if your car is only getting a tiny amount of UV exposure, it’s still losing strength over time.

A lot of force can occur during a crash. Take into consideration the speeds at which these vehicles operate while racing. SFI 16.1 covers everything from 170RZR’s topping out at 30mph, to 1000hp Trophy Trucks going over 130mph.

What if I’m only driving for recreation?

The same considerations apply. While it may not be required for you to change out your harnesses every two years, the deterioration of the belts affects you just the same. And as shown above, even a 35 mph crash produces significant force. So keep that in mind.

Other Considerations

One important point to note is all of the webbings tested were untreated. Most harness webbings on the market today receive a UV treatment to help prevent loss from exposure.

SFI testing Belt Dumping

Proper Belt Angle

Make sure your Harness is installed properly: In an ideal world, the belts will pull flat and evenly. In reality, this doesn’t happen, the belt can “dump” to one side where it connects to the hardware. Reducing the amount of load it can take. Try to make sure your straps are as close to the ideal angle as you can get them to prevent this.

Polyester vs Nylon

Polyester held up a lot better than Nylon after exposure. The reason is that Nylon is known to absorb moisture, and loses some of its strength when that occurs (approx 12%). Polyester materials repel water, and don’t lose that strength, and retain their ability to stretch. For this reason, Polyester belts have been almost universally adopted in off-road harnesses; where we deal with a lot of water, mud, and sometimes even snow.

3-inch vs 2-inch

Three-inch belts started out with and maintained better strength than two-inch. Polyester 3” only lost 23% strength, while 2” lost 42% and failed requirements.  Both Nylons lost 52-3% and ended with failed requirements.  New 2” Nylon didn’t even meet requirements in the first place.  This is why even though there are 2” harnesses that are SFI certified, most races require 3-inch. (Ultra 4 requires SFI 16.5 certification for 2” Harnesses).  2-inch harnesses are used in many youth races because they sit better and are more comfortable for kids and because the speeds are not as high.

Safety is the number one priority.

We’ve witnessed, first hand, people crashing UTVs, Buggies, Jeeps, and Trucks. Not to mention the thousands of videos on the internet. In this sport, everyone will eventually be involved in some kind of accident. The next time you prep, take that extra minute or two and check your equipment. Make sure it’s installed correctly. Make sure it’s in good condition. Make sure you’re wearing it correctly (no loose straps). Above all, make sure the SFI expiration has not passed. The job of a harness is to protect you in the case of an accident, make sure its able to perform when that time comes.

 

Sources:

16.1 Specifications: http://www.sfifoundation.com/wp-content/pdfs/specs/Spec_16.1_022614.pdf

SFI Presentation on Seat Belt Webbing Life: http://www.sfifoundation.com/wp-content/pdfs/Webbing%20Life%20Presentation%2012-2014.pdf

https://www.hmsmotorsport.com/technology

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/carcr2.html

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/ctrp-0901-stock-car-racing-seatbelt-guide/

Jeremiah Staggs Runs A Lead Pace At UTV World Championship

Jeremiah Staggs racing during the UTV World Championship

UTV World Championship

The UTV World Championships is a very special race for me. Being able to share the stage with my son is something I will always remember. After the MINT wrapped up we quickly had to jump into prepping the Yamaha for the worlds as well as my sons RZR 170. With the youth class blowing up, I had to make sure his car was ready for battle. The weeks leading up to the event were very busy. But my team came together to get everything done.

First thing Thursday we were on the road heading for Laughlin NV. With a projection of 300 racers, a good pit spot was very important. We made the trip out with no issues, after getting settled in the pits we took the rest of the day to enjoy friends and family.

Brock Staggs 176 raced between the Desert and the Short Course race. He lined up next to 52 other youth racers. The stacked field was full of very capable drivers. He finished 32nd and had a blast doing it. This young man piloted his RZR 170 for nearly 35 minutes. These young races are the future of our sport and Brock has a bright future.

Brock Staggs in his RZR 170, before the start of the UTVWC

Brock Staggs racing at UTVWC in the 170 Class

Brock Staggs in his PRP Seat and Harness

Friday morning we got up early and headed to registration, the line was already stacking up.

With many walk ins the entries this year totaled over 300 in all the classes. We got through registration and headed back to the pits. We jumped in the race cars and drove down to tech. The tech area was huge, it took over half the parking lot of the Riverside Hotel.

Tech went pretty fast and smooth this year. We would then drive back to the main pit for a few last minute adjustments and then head to the drivers meeting. This years meeting was pretty cool and major props to Mad Media and UTVUnderground for taking an idea and making it a reality. This was the 3rd year for this race and it had tripled in size from the first year. We then headed back to grabbed some dinner and hit the bed.

UTV World Championship's Tech and Contingency

Staggs in his car during UTVWC tech and contingency.

 

Saturday morning came early, it was race day for the 2017 UTV World Championships. We would get up and check tire pressure and and load up the chase truck to go to the hot pit. This format only allows for one pit. With our top 10 finish at the MINT we knew we would be on the first row. Being this is a dead engine….. land rush start, where we line up is critical. There was a accident of some sort and delayed our start big time all while the first few lines of the turbo class already left.

Staggs Racing around a corner during UTVWC 2017

Jeremiah STaggs races ahead during the UTVWC

Jeremiah Staggs rips around a corner while racing UTV World Championships 2017

We got the green flag I started the Yamaha and stalled it, got it started again and we took off. Winning in the first mile isn’t possible but losing is a real risk. We decide to be patient and consistent. the course was dusty, visibility zero at times but my co-driver Brandon did a great job of keeping us on course. We started moving through the field which was already littered with accidents and broken cars. The race consisted of a 16 mile loop 10 laps making it a 160 mile race. The desert class had a total of 117 entries which would mean the course would break down fast. Coming around lap after lap the course would change every time and more broken cars every where. We stuck to the same plan as the MINT and keep the car together and push when we can. We know there are spots the Yamaha will be fast on and the proving grounds we have to be smart in. Lap 6 we had the exhaust come loose and went ahead and hit the hot pit. the crew was fast to fuel the car and determine there was no fix for the muffler and we took off again. through the infield section and over the jumps and back into the desert again.

Staggs takes a jump while racing.

Jeremiah Staggs races over a crest at UTVWC.

Staggs tests his suspension during the UTVWC

The chatter bumps in the washes and soft sections had developed and were teeth chattering. The course was now torn up with deep grooves and holes as well as rocks appearing. We made the determination to not run a spare tire this race due to knowing the course and we knew we had a solid KMC wheel and EFX tire combo. We had stayed consistent and smooth and it was starting to pay off. Bouncing around the top 5 most of the race but on lap 8 we took the lead. We hit lap 9 still leading and would later get passed, we decided to stay smooth and charge hard on our last lap and try to get the position back. Unfortunately coming in to the hot pit ending lap 9 and about ready to charge our last lap hard another racer would hit us in the corner snapping a rear axle forcing us to pit. The crew worked fast to change the axle but unfortunately we would lose time and get passed while in the pits dropping us back to 5th. We charged hard the last lap and salvaged a top 5 finish. We couldn’t be more happy with how the Yamaha is proving it self against the other manufactures.

We had a great time spending Easter weekend racing and with our family and friends. Without them we wouldn’t be a team, and I can never thank them enough as well as all our sponsors that back us. I also want to thank my wife for holding it down and getting our son ready for his race since his race was after mine. Time to tear the Yamaha down and get ready for the longest off-road race in America Vegas To Reno.

Staggs Family

Brock Staggs enjoys the company of some fine ladies during Tech and Contingency

A big thanks to all the sponsors that helped me get here. 

KMC Wheels . Walker Evans Racing . Alba Racing . PRP Seats . Yamaha Racing . Lonestar Racing . Rugged Radios . EFX Tires . STV Motorsports . Factory UTV . Suspended Fabrication . Magik Kustom Graphics .

David Haagsma Takes Fourth in Las Vegas

Bakersfield, CA (4/5/2017) – H&M Motorsports’ David Haagsma ran a smart race and finished fourth in the WORCS series SXS Pro race at The Orleans in Las Vegas. Haagsma now leads SXS Pro championship by 28 points.

The event was held at The Orleans Casino Arena and the parking lots and grounds surrounding the venue. The track featured a terrain that went from hard-packed dirt to pavement outside to a log section, a sand pit and a big air jump inside the arena.

Maxxis’ David Haagsma raced to a conservative 4th place finish, which keeps him in firm control of the points lead
H&M Motorsports’ David Haagsma battled for the lead early on, but he ran into some issues, which slowed his charge late in the race

Haagsma’s car was perfect on the pavement in practice. However, prior to the race, officials watered the track. Pavement that was tacky and had grip in practice was super slick during the race. Knowing he didn’t have the setup, Haagsma made the call to run a consistent race, stay smart and focus on the points.

“I couldn’t turn on the pavement and actually spun out a couple of times,” said Haagsma. “I knew I didn’t have the setup, so I just tried to play it smart. All of those guys were running really well and I couldn’t run that pace comfortably without making a mistake. The Maxxis Tires and Sparks Racing engine were perfect. I just didn’t have the setup to run up front.”

Maxxis’ David Haagsma raced to a conservative 4th place finish, which keeps him in firm control of the points lead

Haagsma is fully focused on the 2017 WORCS championship. This year, he’s won two races and scored two additional podiums.

“Overall it was a great race because I have a good lead in the championship,” said Haagsma. “I just wanted to make sure I came out with a good finish. When you race a SXS in the WORCS series you just never know what is going to happen. The season is definitely not over yet and I have to take it one race at a time and try not to make any mistakes.”

Interestingly, his accomplishments came at the wheel of a naturally aspirated car in a class that allows turbocharging. The turbo cars seem to break down more often, so the reliability of the non-turbo has been an asset for Haagsma.

Haagsma will return to WORCS competition as the series heads to Hurricane, UT for the next race at Sand Hollow State Park April 21-23.

H&M Motorsports 2017 Sponsors:
Maxxis, H&M Motorsports, HP Dairy, Haagsma Farms, SPARKS Racing, Cognito Motorsports, Tire Blocks, FOX Shocks, Shoei Helmets, K&N Filters, PRP Seats, Method Race Wheels, Lusardi Motorsports, Finish Line Signs, The Winning Team Apparel, ATVRiders.com, Fly Racing

*Originaly posted by Harleen Foley on ATV Riders.com

David Haagsma Wins Second Straight Pro UTV WORCS

David Haagsma at WORCS Pro SXS Lake Havasu City 2017

From Harleen Foley of ATVriders.com

Bakersfield, CA (3/23/2017) – H&M Motorsports’ David Haagsma won his second consecutive WORCS Pro SXS race in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Haagsma has now finished on the podium in all four WORCS races and brings his points lead to 19.

With typical rough and hot Lake Havasu conditions, Haagsma used the skills he honed as an ATV racer to dominate the track’s lagoon jump. Driving a naturally aspirated car in a class that allows the higher horsepower turbo cars, Haagsma took the lead late in the race and ran off with the victory.

David Haagsma flys through the air at WORCS Pro SXS

“The Maxxis Tires and Curtis Sparks engine really hooked up and we led most of the first lap,” said Haagsma. “I decided not to hit the lagoon jump on the first lap and went back to third. I got up to second right away and then battled it out. We went back and forth for most of the races. On the final lap, he took the chicken lane and I followed the lappers through the jump to take the lead.”

While Haagsma has been developing a turbo car all season, his streak is leading him toward continued reliance on his current ride. That move has paid off so far.

“We have a turbo car built, but the more I run the non-turbo, it’s pretty competitive because it doesn’t break,” explained Haagsma. “Everyone with turbos is having issues. The overall dependability of the non-turbo seems to be the way to go.”

David Haagsma takes a jump over the lagoon at WORCS Lake Havasu City 2017

Interestingly, Haagsma went into the main with little practice time. “We had some issues in practice; I broke a belt and missed the whole session,” said Haagsma. “The car worked great. This was a great weekend.”

Haagsma’s mechanic Theo Lasardi is pleased with Haagsma’s progress this season. Most teams are happy to get out of Havasu with a finish, so a victory is huge.

“We’re fortunate to have good products on our car and Davie drives so smooth,” said Lasardi. “With the track like this, you have to have a little luck and not break stuff.”

Haagsma will be back in action as the WORCS will next head to a special indoor race at The Orleans in Las Vegas March 31-April 2.

Staggs Battles the Best at Parker 250

Jeremiah Staggs takes a turn while racing Parker 250

Parker 250 came up quick after the Pahrump Nugget 250 and we were in a mad dash to not only get the repairs done and the Yamaha ready but I also had to get my 6 year old sons car ready for his first race. Parker 250 last year went terrible for us due to a accident with another racer taking us out of the race with our brand new Yamaha so we had something to prove.

We would finish up all last minute things on the Yamaha on Wednesday and get loaded up. Thursday morning we would head to Parker at 7:00 am. We would arrive a few hours later and we pulled in the Parker Python to setup our camp / main pit. The dirt looked hard and not long after we pulled in i would bury the motor home in the sand. We tried a few things and were unsuccessful in getting it out, fortunately Best In the Desert would come to our rescue and pull us out with there big tractor. After that we got everything setup and relaxed a little. Friday morning we would get up early and head to tech, I needed to get through tech fast since my boys race was at 3:00 pm that day. Tech went well and smooth as always and we were headed back to main pit. My boys race was awesome and he did great for his first race at 6 years old and I am looking forward to a busy year with him racing in 2017.

Saturday morning I would wake up to the sound of the motorcycles and quads starting there race and went out side to watch before we would do some last few things to the EFX tires Yamaha. At 12:00 me and my co driver Brandon Altmann would make our way to staging and get inline for the start. Earlier that morning we heard the news of Casey Folks, Casey is the man of Best In The desert and a great guy, he had some great words with my boy at the end of his race on Friday. With his passing desert racing will never be the same. He took the time to shake your hand wish you luck before every start. At the finish he was there to congratulate you and present you with a finishers pin. Casey will be missed by all.

Jeremiah Staggs takes a bump at Parker 250

The Green light would drop and we would take off. The dirt from all the rain was epic racing conditions and we had no dust. We would quickly start to catch some cars and set a pace. We would start to see some crashed and broken cars early. We came to one section that was flooded out and a mud bog. After Midway pit the course opened up down a fast windy road, this was a blast in the EFX tires Yamaha grabbing gears and hitting fast speeds, this section would quickly be followed by rocky sections. Around mile marker 55 or so i noticed a clunking in the steering, we would pull over and me and my co-driver Brandon would get out and make quick repairs to a tie rod. As we were done and about to get back in the EFX tires Yamaha another team would pull up with a flat tire and ask us for help, they had lost there socket in the sand so we quickly helped them change there flat tire. We would then get back in the EFX tires Yamaha and and start setting a pace again and finish our first lap. The pit crew was fast with fuel and checking the car and we were off on lap two. Passing more cars again and setting a pace it was cool to have no dust and see the awesome scenery of Parker we got to race through.

We would come in to main pit again after completing lap two and again the crew was fast to fuel the car and wipe down the lights and give it a look over. We took off into lap 3 and it was now dusk, we turned on our lights and kept pushing and passing more cars, now in the dark and around mile 200 on lap three we would come down a hill into a ravine and the throttle would stick wide open, I quickly pushed in the clutch and turned off the EFX tires Yamaha and rolled off to the side of the course. After checking somethings we found a small rock had gotten lodged into the throttle body area causing it to be stuck wide open, we got it removed and would get back into the car and start to push towards the finish. Unfortunately a few miles later we dropped into a G out and i felt the rear of the car was lower so we again pulled over now in the dark and got out to check the car and found we had a failure in the rear suspension. We tried to get parts to make repairs and make it to the finish line but we were informed due to the spot we were in there wasn’t enough time and our race was over 13 miles from the finish line. This race was a grand prix finish so what is very frustrating is racers who would make it 1 lap or two laps but cross the finish line after the overall leader got a finish, and we who went more race miles didn’t cross the finish line would get a dnf. the Parker 250 would win again this year.

Jeremiah Staggs takes a turn while racing Parker 250

Jeremiah Staggs diggs deep

I cant thank everyone enough who supports us and my family and friends who come out and pit for us as with out them we couldn’t be a team. This race was special to us as me and my co-driver got to watch our kids race Friday and my Dad was able to come to the race, his first desert race ever. I also want to thank Nate at Alba racing for doing a fast and awesome job making the repairs to the car after Pahrump. Dean and Joe at suspended fabrication for building a great car and always there for us if we need any last minute things. Efx Tires as once again we didn’t have any flats and it is great to be supported by such a great company and people. We will make repairs and get the EFX tires Yamaha tested and dialed for the Mint400.

Our hearts go out to the Folks Family. Casey was a legend in our sport but most of all he was a great human.

Staggs kicks up dust during Parker 250

Staggs jumps the suspension while racing

Taking a sharp turn at Parker 250

Jeremiah STaggs drifts a turn during staggs 250

Jeremiah Staggs get the RV stuck and has to be towed out before Parker 250

A big thanks to all the sponsors that helped me get here.
Alba Racing . PRP Seats . Yamaha Motor USA . Lonestar Racing .
Rugged Radios . MSA Wheels . EFX Tires .
STV Motorsports . Factory UTV .
Suspended Fabrication .
Rhino Wraps

The off road community suffered a great loss this week. Casey was one of a kind. RIP Casey.

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Jerett Brooks Earns Pro Lite Title & Challenge Cup in Chandler!

Jarett Celebrating his Pro-Lite Championship

Jerett Brooks Racing logoJerett Brooks earns his 2nd pro championship and 2nd Challenge Cup in the same weekend!

Alpine, CA (October 26, 2016) – Coming into round 15 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Jerett Brooks knew what was at stake. He also knew that with a field of almost 20 trucks and 99% of them competing with nothing to lose, anything could happen. Realistically, with a 36 point lead coming into the final round, a good qualifying position and a quality performance during the race would lock it up. Finish the race, and the title is his.

The weekend was a blur for Jarett Brooks in Chandler, AZ

Brandon Arthur, the only other driver mathematically capable of winning the title would need to earn a couple bonus points and win the race, accompanied by some good luck to make it interesting. However Jerett, driving the #77 Rigid Industries General Tire Bilstein Shocks Pro Lite, had other plans.

Jarrett on the back bumper of Brandon Arthur during Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Round 15

During qualifying, with the track changes, the temperature, and the tacky dirt, the drivers spent a few laps settling in to their groove and figuring out their setups. Turn 4, the biggest change on the track from previous races in Chandler, was a challenge in itself. After spending the first 4 laps completely off the leaderboard, spotter John Hoffman said what he could over the radio to get Jerett to kick it into another gear and find some additional speed. With one lap to go in qualifying, Jerett laid down the fastest lap of the morning shooting himself to the top of the leaderboard gaining the extra bonus point. Not only would he be starting on the front row, but with the drop of the green flag, the championship was his as Arthur would be mathematically eliminated from title-contention due to the extra bonus point Jerett earned in qualifying. A 14 lap battle with Brandon Arthur in round 15 would result in a 2nd place finish for Jerett and his 1st Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Pro Lite championship, his 2nd professional championship in 3 years.

Jarett Brooks on top of his truck after winning the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Pro-Lite Championship

Jerett capped off one of the most impressive Pro Lite seasons in recent memory. After the race Jerett said he couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone in his pit and all of his sponsors. “I’m just so pumped right now, I can’t even believe it,” said Jerett. “I wouldn’t be standing here right now without the help of my team and sponsors. John, Nacho, and Nick absolutely killed it all year for me. My family who makes this all possible and all of my sponsors. Rigid Industries, General Tire who had me hooked up on the new Grabber X3, Bilstein Shocks, Walker Evans Racing, Maxima, and everybody else who supports me and has supported me throughout my career. I’m just so pumped right now!”

Jarett Celebrating his Pro-Lite Championship

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The Pro Lite Challenge Cup

With the Pro Lite title in the books, the focus shifted to Sunday’s Pro Lite Challenge Cup… A non-points race, 16-lap winner-take-all battle for the coveted Challenge Cup and a check for $10,000. Jerett would start the race in the first row after qualifying 2nd. He’d also have a fresh gold number 1 on his new number plate after being crowned Pro Lite champion the day before.

Jarett Brooks leading the pack in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Pro Lite Challenge Cup

As the green flag waved, Jerett dove to the bottom of turn one where the rest of the field fell into place behind him. With Brock Heger on his bumper, they’d race clean for a couple of laps until the chaos of Pro Lite unfolded behind them. Some door slamming and position changes between Heger, Ryan Beat, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, and Brandon Arthur allowed Jerett to settle into his groove. And when he’s all alone up front, he’s as good as gone. Jerett was on a Sunday cruise as the carnage behind him gave Jerett the breathing room to drive his own race, lead wire-to-wire, and win his 2nd Pro Lite Challenge Cup in 3 years.

Jarett Brooks with his $10,000 Pro Lite Challenge Cup prize

“I just can’t believe what a year it’s been. This team has been incredible all year and the support from my sponsors is what puts us up here. Rigid Industries was out here supporting me this weekend and I’m so pumped to have them step up as my first title sponsor. General Tire has also been huge all year. I can’t thank them enough for stepping up with my program. I was the only Pro Lite running General Tires and they were the difference maker for me along with my Bilstein Shocks. It was also our first year with Bilstein and what we’ve been able to do with them and the help of my crew chief John Hoffman is amazing. I’m one of the only Pro Lites running these shocks and my truck has never felt better. All of my other sponsors that help out.. thank you so much. We wouldn’t be here without you!”

The 2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Pro Lite Challenge Cup

2016 was a magical year for Jerett Brooks and his team. He’s stepped into some elite company in the Pro Lite Class by winning 8 races this year and becoming one of only 3 drivers in the history of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series to win at least 7 races in a single Pro Lite season and only the 2nd Pro Lite driver since LOORRS began with 8 wins in a season, behind only Brian Deegan (10).

2016 Statistics:

  • Top 5’s – 14 (15 including Challenge Cup)
  • Podiums – 12 (13 including the Challenge Cup)
  • 3rd Place – 1
  • 2nd Place – 4
  • Wins – 7 (8 including the Challenge Cup)
  • Fast Lap Awards – 7
  • Top Qualifiers – 2

The Jarett Brooks Racing crew

This off-season, Jerett and the whole Jerett Brooks Racing team will be preparing to step up to the Pro 2 class in 2017. Jerett will campaign the #77 Pro 2 along with his championship-winning #1 Pro Lite in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series where he’ll try to become a back-to-back champion, while pulling double duty. Make sure to follow Jerett on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @jerettbrooks77 for updates on the team’s progress during the offseason and some big news to come in 2017!

Jarett Brooks in his 2016 Pro Lite

Find Jerett Brooks at any of the remaining events on his 2016 Schedule:

Camp RZR – Glamis: Oct. 28-29

SEMA: Nov. 1-4

Jarett Brooks’ Sponsors: Rigid Industries, General Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Maxima Racing Oils, Walker Evans Racing, Black Rhino Performance, FK Rod Ends, Jones Racing Products, Rancho Drivetrain Engineering, Nogrady Racing Engines, K2 Coolers, Kroyer Racing Engines, Optima Batteries, Magnaflow Exhaust, Impact Racing

About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: The Lucas Off Road Racing Seriesis the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course.

Jordan Pellegrino’s Ultra4 Nationals Race Report

Jordan Pellegrino and Team GenRight at the Ultra4 Nationals

Friday:

Had a drivers meeting early Friday morning then straight off to practice where we were getting a feel for the track trying different lines, tire pressures, feeling out all the corners etc. We only had a 30-minute practice to get everything sorted out and we used every minute we had. After practice, we were back to the pits to inspect the car and make some shock changes that would allow me to drive the car harder and faster during the following races. Around 3:00pm we went out to qualify, not quite the run I was hoping for but landed myself in 3rd place out of 13 cars.

Saturday:

We had another drivers meeting at 7am then straight into the car for the prelim race at 8am. The prelim consisted of everyone who was able to qualify the day before racing 6 laps that would determine starting position for the main. Right off the start, we were caught in the rocks but we made it out only losing a couple positions. Unfortunately, the rocks going up the mountain were super jagged and sharp and while trying to make passes and regain positions we damaged a tire and were forced to pit the next lap around. Tthe pit crew was quick and had us out in about a minute but since the feild of cars was still tight this meant we were pulling back on the track in dead last and would have to push even harder. In less than 5 laps we went from dead last all the way back to 5th place with no further issues. Not the finish I was hoping for but could have been much worse so we kept pushing. The car went back to the pit for repairs & changes. 

The main event came around at 1:30, we had a great start to the race leaping through the rocks from the third row all the way to the second car into turn 1. The race was going great and we were in first place by lap 2 then bad luck struck and in the same place we got a flat during the prelim we took out another tire in the main. We knew we had to push to the pits and lose as little time as possible. While in the pits changing the tire the idle malfunctioned and was stuck at 3500rpm, then on top of that leaving the pits, a rock had damaged a rear brake line and caused the car to pump all of the fluid out and have completely no brakes the rest of the race. I, as the driver, made the choice to not stop for a second time in the pits to have them try to fix the growing issues because if I wanted a chance at a podium finish there was no time to stop again. A dangerous choice with the high idle, no brakes, and trying to make up spots. We ended up pushing all the way to the finish and jumping across the finish line rock pile to make the pass for 2nd place, landing ourselves in second place by less than half a second. We were pushing the car to the limits the entire race and it paid off. 2nd place this weekend was a great finish for Team GenRight and can’t wait to prep for the next race.

Future races: 

King of the Hammers 2016 – February 2016 

Derek West takes 2nd at the Dirt Riot Nationals event in Bridgeport, TX.

Derek West takes 2nd at Dirt Riot Nationals, Bridgeport, TX

Thursday Sept. 14th: Derek & his team headed out for the last Dirt Riot event of the year. This event Derek got to bring along some great help, long time friends & former race team members, Kyle Keller & Steve Moore. Friday Sept. 15th: was a day full of prepping & pre-running to make sure the car was in top condition for qualifying. Later that day they went to town for tech at a local burger joint.

Derek West at the Dirt Riot Nationals in Bridgeport, TX

Saturday Sept. 16th – Race Day: Derek & the guys proved they were ready to go by taking 2nd in qualifying! “It helps a bunch to be at the front of the pack when your racing mainly in trees/woods. It can be challenging to get around other competitors”, Derek West stated. So later that afternoon once all the other classes ran it was time for the 4400 class to race. He ran great with little issues & pushed the car to it’s limits to stay at the front of the pack. It was a good race with Derek taking 2nd place with Clay Gilstrap taking 1st place. Overall it was a fun race! A great end to the East coast Ultra 4 series for 2016.

Derek West racing in the Dirt Riot Nationals

Dirt Riot Nationals PodiumTeam 20 is looking forward to the Ultra4 Nationals coming up in Reno October 22nd, which is the final race of the year. Then for some much needed down time over the holidays. Then time to start prepping for King of the Hammers 2017 held Feb. 10th in California. Check out Nitto Tires “Journey to the Hammers Series” on NBC Sports. We’ve had many appearances on the series which runs on Thursday evenings.

Thank you to Kyle & Steve for all their hard work! Thank you to my wife, Ashley for all her hard work helping me get everything ready & keeping things together.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Nitto Tires, KMC Wheels, Northstar Battery , Spidertrax, Sho-Me Speed, Jimmy’s 4×4, Branik Motorsports, Wilwood Brakes, Lazer Star Lights, Airaid, Rugged Radios, Permatex, Slime, PRP Racing Seats, Griffin Radiators, Valvoline, MC+, Warn Winch, Aeromotive, Yukon Gears, Edelbrock Racing, FK Rod Ends, Radflo, John’s 4×4, Eibach, PSC, Trail Worthy Fab, Off Road Solutions, AEM Electronics, Magnaflow, Fast Orange, Spal Fans

El Jefe XP 4 1000 from Alternative Off-Road

Owner: Evan S.
Builder: Alternative Offroad
Year: 2016
Model: Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo
Cage/Chassis/Bumper/Doors: Madigan Motorsports
Body: Glazzkraft Vortex Gen 2 Body w/Doors
Suspension: Madigan Motorsports Long Travel & Shock Therapy Dual Rate Springs & Re-Valve
Sway Bar: Factory with Madigan Motorsports Sway Bar Links
Axels: Summer Brothers
ECM: Trinity Racing Stage 5 Pro Tuner
Exhaust: Trinity Racing Stage 5 Full Dual Exhaust System
Turbo: Evolution Powersports Blow-Off Valve
Wheels: 15″ OMF Performance Type-R 3-Piece Bead Locks for Dirt & Sand
Tires: 30” STU Desert Trak Comp Cut for Sand and 32” STI Chicane for Dirt
Seats: PRP Seats GT/S.E. Suspension Seats with Bugatti Stitch
Harnesses: PRP Seats 4.2 Harnesses with Auto Latch
Graphics: Wrap by One11 Ink
Audio: SSV Works 5 Speaker Kicker Stereo System w/ MRB3 Bluetooth System
Lighting: (6) VisionX 4.5” Cannons on Roof, RZR Headlight Upgrade Kit w/ LED Halos, 5 Red Pro Pods for Accent Lighting with 4 Red Mini-Solo Pods. Rear 35” Chaser Bar with Red/Amber/White Lights, 1 White Pro Pod for Rear Trunk Lighting on Pressure Switch
Communications & GPS: PCI Race Radios California Ultimate 4 Seat Package & Lowrance Elite 7TI GPS
Whips: Safeglo Whips Push-Button LED Whips
Mirrors: Assault UTV Stealth Side Mirrors and Axia Alloys 17” Rearview Mirror
Dash & Center Console: Custom Glazzkraft Fiberglass Dash with Center Console
Switching & Electrical- Switch Pros 8-Position Bluetooth Switch Module & Blue Sea Fuse Block. All Wiring Done by Alternative Offroad
Gauges- Alba Racing Turbo PSI Gauge & Belt Temperature Gauge
Spare Tire Mount: Custom Trunk Lid & Spare Tire Mount for 32” Tire by Madigan Motorsports
Compressor: Full Metal Fabworks Custom Air Compressor & Hose Kit in Bed
Accessories- Axia Alloys Fire Extinguisher Kit, Safeglo Dome Lights, Assault UTV Shift Knob, Assault UTV D-Shape Steering Wheel Kit,
Powdercoating- All Custom Powdercoat by PowderCoat Industries