“We think of the Ironman GNCC as a lot more than just a race,” says GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “With all the demo rides and entertainment off the track, plus a lot of riders trying new machines and new classes on the track, this one has a totally different feel than anything else we do.”
Can-Am, Yamaha and KTM will have 2009 products on site for fans to take test rides, with ATVs from Can-Am and Yamaha and the full line of XC bikes and ATVs from KTM. All three manufacturers have set up GNCC-like test courses to put the machines through their paces. Polaris will have its 2009 models on display as well. Yamaha will also host a championship celebration for nine-time GNCC ATV Champion Bill Ballance, complete with snacks and giveaways.
In addition, racers and fans may shop during the only GNCC swap meet of the season. With the season complete, racers and fans are encouraged to clean out their garages, work shops, trucks and vans and sell whatever they no longer need. No special permits are required to buy or sell--just set up your spot in your pit or take a stroll through the pit area to see what's available.
A pair of monster trucks will perform demos throughout the weekend, with Stone Crusher and Mopar Magic on hand.
With Halloween just around the corner, a costume contest will take place on the starting line of the 1 p.m. Pro races on Saturday (ATVs) and Sunday (motorcycles). The winners will receive trophies just like the ones awarded to the racers.
Demo rides will begin on Friday afternoon and continue into the weekend. Fans are encouraged to bring gear to wear during the ride demos.
What: The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC), America's Largest Off Road Racing Series. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The nearly three-hour long GNCC races lead more than 1,500 riders through tracks ranging from eight to 14 miles in length. With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed.
When: Saturday, October 25, 2008 - ATV Racing
Sunday, October 26, 2008 - Motorcycle Racing
Where: Tom's Marine Polaris, Crawfordsville, Ind.
Directions: The track is located south of Crawfordsville off Route 47.
Tom's Marine Sales & Service
1317 W Offield Rd,
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
How Much: $15 Per Person Weekend Pass (7 years and older)
Who: The Can-Am GNCC Series pits the best of the best in off-road racing against each other. More than 1,500 amateur racers are expected to compete on custom-built dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs. Top pro motorcycle riders include New Zealand's Paul Whibley, Australia's Josh Strang, as well as Barry Hawk, Jr., Nathan Kanney, Charles Mullins, Jimmy Jarrett, Jason Raines and Glenn Kearney. ATV pro riders include Bill Ballance, Isle of Man's David Knight, Chris Borich, Adam McGill, Bryan Cook, Brandon Sommers, Taylor Kiser, Chris Bithell, Matt Smiley and William Yokley.
Media Credentials: Media members wishing to cover the event should contact Justin Anderson at 704-589-2100.
About GNCC Racing: The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. The 13-round championship series is produced exclusively by Racer Productions and has run since 1973. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The nearly three-hour long GNCC races lead over 1,500 riders through tracks ranging from eight to twelve miles in length. With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC Racing airs weekly television shows on the Versus network. GNCC featured sponsors include Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose Racing, Maxxis, Pirelli, Wiseco, Acerbis, Elka, Geico, Klotz, FMF, ITP and Weekend Warrior, and riders compete for over $3 million in series prizes and contingency money. Associate sponsors include Alpinestars, Cometic, HiPer Technology, Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National Guard, Powersport Graf X, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire Balls, Twin Air, Ogio, Rekluse, and MotoTee's. For more information, please log on to www.gnccracing.com.