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Arctic Cat Thundercat ATV Wins the Baja 1000

A First-Ever Undefeated SCORE Season Leads To Championship Record

Arctic Cat and its factory off-road racers are setting more “firsts” for the company and the sport of off-road racing than anyone else.

The Arctic Cat/Fines Double Racing team (FDR) delivered another record-setting performance at the SCORE-Tecate Baja 1000 off-road race, winning the 4×4 Utility ATV class aboard the powerful Thundercat 1000 H2. The FDR team swept the entire 2009 SCORE series, including wins at the Baja 250 and 500.

The Arctic Cat/FDR team achieved their unmatched results by pressing the advantage of the industry’s most powerful production ATV. The 951cc V-Twin with EFI helped provide the muscle, torque, horsepower and acceleration necessary to dominate the demands of high speed desert racing.

“Our Thundercats are race-proven, with several thousand miles stacked up on the odometer,” said team captain Reid Rutherford. “This 2009 Baja 1000 win completes 13 finishes in a row between Nevada’s Best-In-The-Desert series and the SCORE Off-road series. This is our 9th Baja finish in a row, which is an unheard of record when it comes to competing in long distance races as brutal and unforgiving as the Baja, and that’s something that our team, sponsors and Arctic Cat can be proud of.”

Arctic Cat Race Coordinator, Ted Bettin said, “We are extremely proud of the FDR team, the historic win and championship, our ATVs and our continued success in Baja.”

“In 2008 an Arctic Cat Prowler became the first UTV to finish and win the Baja 1000. This year we were the first to sweep the entire series in the ATV class. That‘s a bold statement about the performance and durability of every Arctic Cat ATV and UTV.”

For more information on the Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000 H2 4×4, log onto www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer. Check out www.finesdoubleracing.com for information about Team FDR.

Arctic Cat Thundercat Continues SCORE Win Streak

Fines Double Racing Wins Baja 500

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Photos Courtesy of Jeff Henson

Unmatched performance. This is the best way to describe the domination of the Arctic Cat Thundercat in the 2009 SCORE International desert race series. After winning the 41st annual Baja 500, Fines Double Racing retains a perfect two-for-two win record in Class 26.

Racers Reid Rutherford, Benn Vernadakis and Tony Valerio finished with a time of 13 hours and 57 minutes while averaging 31mph in the grueling terrain.

“The power of the Thundercat’s 1000H2 motor is amazing. It says something when you can go out with a 600lb Sport Utility 4×4 and beat some of the true sport ATVs and dirtbikes half its size. Arctic Cat’s are known to take abuse, and the obstacles this race throws at them is proof it’s the most durable ATV,” said Rutherford.

Team Arctic Race Coordinator Ted Bettin said, “We are extremely proud of the Fines Double team. This victory shows how strong their team is, and how strong the Thundercat is. A lot of what we learn from winning these races is applied to our new models. It just so happens we released the 2010 Thundercat today; perfect timing!”

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