Morgantown, W.Va. -- Rekluse, maker of the popular Rekluse Z-Start Automatic Clutch, returns to the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country tour as an associate sponsor for the 2009 season. In addition, following the success of Rekluse riders grabbing numerous GNCC holeshots last season, Rekluse will once again sponsor the GNCC XC2 Pro-Am Class ATV Holeshot Award, worth $100 at each GNCC round.
"Our first year of full involvement with GNCC gave us an opportunity to meet a lot of racers and allowed us to showcase our products," said Patrick Koether, sponsorship program manager at Rekluse. "But in this case it's really the riders showcasing the products. Not only are we honoring whoever gets the holeshot, but in many cases, they are Rekluse sponsored riders. That is always an exciting thing for a manufacturer."
In the GNCC ATV XC2 class, the rider who gets the holeshot receives the $100 Rekluse Holeshot Award. In 2008, 10 of 13 XC2 holeshots were grabbed by Rekluse riders.
To kick off the 2009 campaign, the Rekluse Roadshow will be on hand at each of the first six rounds of the GNCC season, providing technical and sales support for GNCC racers.
"We got to know the GNCC program last year, and we will hope to step that up this year," Koether said. "We'd like to bring new riders to the table. We're just really excited to be involved with GNCC racing."
For more information on Rekluse products, visit www.rekluse.com.
The 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series kicks off with the Parts Unlimited River Ranch GNCC in Lake Wales, Florida, on February 28-March 3. For more information, visit www.gnccracing.com.
About GNCC Racing: The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every Saturday and Thursday on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
About Racer Productions: A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It's repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., held since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., held since 1985; The U.S. World Motocross Gran Prix at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. in 1987; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National, held since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, held since 1994; The AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City in 2007; as well as numerous other amateur motocross events. In addition, Racer Productions staffs the prestigious Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, held since 1982. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.