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Team DragonFire Takes On The 2016 Parker 250

January 22, 2016 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

You Win Some...

 

 

Fresh off of a five-race winning streak and the 2015 UTV Unlimited Pro championship, the DragonFire/Rockstar Racing team was looking forward to the start of the 2016 Best In The Desert racing season. Rain before the THR Motorsports Parker 250 on January 8-9, 2016 meant there would be plenty of traction and no dust to worry about in the Arizona desert. Things were off to a great start with a new car and a new season! 

 
During the off-season, the team decided to move to the UTV Production Pro Class in 2016. “We wanted to compete with a bigger field and give someone else a chance to win the Unlimited Class,” said DragonFire Pro athlete Lacrecia Beurrier of her decision not to defend her title. Be careful what you ask for! There were more than 30 Production Pro on the starting line for the Parker 250!  

 

Undaunted, Lacrecia lined the 1924 Polaris RZR up 18th next to a brand new Yamaha YXZ 1000. Lacrecia pulled two consecutive holeshots over Turbo Mavericks in the last two rounds and she was confident crew chief (and husband) Eric had built an even better car this season. She was right, the Yamaha never had a chance! In fact, nobody seemed to have a chance as the first 30 miles flew by with no one in the review mirror. 

 

Passing a trail of broken cars scattered all over the track, and with no dust to contend with, things were looking good to start off 2016 the way last year ended! With another podium on her mind, Lacrecia drove confidently over the typically rough Arizona desert terrain. 

 

All systems were go until just before the midway pit when the familiar sound of a broken belt was heard. Co-driver Cal Vandervoort, jumped out to do a quick change… or so he thought. A total rat's nest of cords was tangled up in the clutch. Lacrecia sat heartbroken as one-by-one, 20 cars passed by. Cal was finally able to free the clutch and the team managed to get moving again.

 

Driving aggressively in an attempt to catch all the cars that had gotten by during the extended belt change, bad luck struck again. Lacrecia lost control and rolled over a soft sandy berm. Luckily the only damage done was to her pride. Friend and fellow racer, Michael Lansky, was kind enough to put his race on hold and give the team a pull back over on their wheels. 

 

Lacrecia put her game face on and charged off to try and salvage as many points as possible from the first race of the season. Tip-toeing through the rock garden and flying through the wash they finally reached the Rockstar Racing pit. After a quick inspection, the pit crew assured the team that no damage was done to the car. After a splash of fuel, they were once again tearing through the whoops and rocks. 

 

The second lap was uneventful until mile 60 when the sickeningly familiar sound of yet another broken belt was heard. Fortunately the belt change went much faster this time and the team sped off to finish 14th out of 33 Pro 1000 cars (and 28th overall).

 
“You win some… you lose some, that's racing,” says Lacrecia. “But we plan to put this Polaris RZR on the podium at Laughlin! The team had a great time and, as always, thanks to all of our sponsors that make race day happen. Special thanks to our home own Polaris dealer AZ West, ITP tires for no flat tires, Ryan from Raceline wheels, Alex Reed, Murray Racing and S3 crew for helping us out in the pits!”

 

Next Race:

POLARIS RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 

February 18, 19, 20, 2016

#MAKINGMEMORIES

December 29, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

DragonFire Changing Lives & Making Memories In Baja

“The UTV lifestyle is all about enjoying family and friends,” says DragonFire Sales & Marketing Manager Megan Dible. “We are always looking for ways to help people make some memories, especially during the holidays.” However this year, Megan wanted to make some life-changing memories for some less fortunate families. 

Teaming up with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), DragonFire’s boss lady went to Baja to build “Homes of Hope” during the holidays. In less than two days, the team of volunteers built three homes for some less fortunate families. Homes of Hope Mexico celebrated 25 years of building homes for the poor in Mexico this year, all made possible by donations of money, material and most importantly YWAM volunteers willing to put in the time to totally transform an entire family’s life. Talk about #MAKINGMEMORIES!

YWAM was founded by Loren Cunningham in 1960 when he envisioned a world map with waves crashing onto the continents, advancing inland until all the nations were covered. As he watched, the waves became young people of all races. He saw the youth were going from house to house, helping the lonely and the hungry, and caring for people everywhere they went. YWAM San Diego/Baja was started in October 1991 by Sean and Janet Lambert. Their vision was to mobilize groups that wanted to come to Mexico and beyond to serve the needs of the poor, both practically and spiritually.

Megan’s journey began in San Diego on Friday December 4th where she met up with the rest of the Homes of Hope group. In addition to DragonFire, there were approximately 35 individuals from several different companies spread across the country participating in the build. After checking in, the group boarded a bus and headed for the border. “We arrived at the YWAM San Antonio Del Mar Campus in Tijuana, Mexico, where we were greeted by the YWAM Staff and given background on their organization,” she explains. “After orientation at the Del Mar campus we loaded back on the buses and headed to Ensenada Base Camp for dinner. This is where we would start and end each day with breakfast and dinner provided by an amazing kitchen staff.”

Day 1 – Started at 7:00 am: After breakfast each of the three teams headed out for a 30-minute bus ride to the remote build sites. At the sites, there was a concrete slab, a pile of dry wall, siding, 2x4s, buckets of nails and other basic equipment — that’s it. Each group was introduced to the family they were building the home for (the Homes of Hope Mexico program requires the family to have a percentage of ownership in their land and participate in the build. “Our family was amazing... and they really needed our help,” adds Megan (link here: http://www.ywamsandiegobaja.org/familyprofilesensenada/2015/11/23/true-u-gumaro-y-petra). 

“While I knew the family was living in a makeshift house, I was not prepared for what I saw,” she says. “Their home was 8x8 feet made of tarps and branches. The kitchen was just a small makeshift grille. There was a white 50 gallon barrel that was their water supply for 2 weeks, and with no running water there wasn’t a restroom or even a place to wash your hands.”

 
 
 

“We were quickly separated into teams — one for framing, one for trusses and one for painting,” she explains. “I was a part of the framing team. Never having framed before I looked to our ‘A’ builder Yvonne for guidance and instruction. Before you knew it, our team of amateurs had built four walls, including a door and two windows... all before lunch!”

 

As each team was busy getting their piece of the project done, the neighbors came out to help where they could. With all the helping hands, the volunteers were able to raise the walls just before lunch. “It was a very emotional experience for the family and our team. What we were there to do suddenly became a tangible reality... not just some well-wishes on a holiday card!”
 

Gumaro, the father was all smiles as he stood outside the house looking through the window as we raised the walls and started installing the trusses. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, everyone knew he was thinking: “I have a home for my children.” By the end of Day 1 we had four exterior walls, siding, two interior walls, a roof, drywall, door and windows installed. We left the build site around 4:30 and headed to base camp for dinner. Back at base camp the three teams shared stories of their progress.

Day 2 – Started the same as Day 1, with breakfast at base camp. Back at the build site it was time to complete the finish work. Our team had raised $1,500 in additional donations to take the family shopping. Four team members and the family headed out to Walmart. With the shopping team off to buy much needed food, clothing and some Christmas gifts, the rest of us dug our heels to get the home finished,

The family and neighbors had spent the evening and part of the morning painting the drywall, so the trim went up quickly both inside and out. As we were working we didn’t realize the shopping crew had returned and the entire community was busy at work on making our build team lunch. What an amazing gift this was for people who have so little to want to give to us. This was a very humbling moment.  

  

 

With the house complete and beds, blankets, curtains, table, chairs and a stove in place, it was time to dedicate the home to the family. Each team member said a few words on what they got out of this experience. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! 
 
 
 

 

“I was given the privilege of giving the keys to Guarmo and his family. I went into this thinking that I was giving a gift to this family... but in actuality I was the one receiving the gift. This experience has impacted not just the life of the family that now has a place to call home, but each individual that participating in making this happen. I have left this experience humbled, appreciative, inspired, empowered, hopeful and more courageous!”

#MAKINGMEMORIES!

 

Put The Power To The Ground With The DragonFire Performance By Weller Racing Kit

December 29, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

What have you done for me lately? As is the case with pro sports, you are only as good as your last season in the racing game. Fortunately DragonFire had a great year as the defending Lucas Oil Off-Road Regionals Unlimited UTV champion, Mint 400 winners (for the third time) and 2015 Best In The Desert Unlimited Pro UTV champion, so to say we know racing is something of an understatement. We have combined our years of winning with another winner, Weller Racing, to create a complete performance package for the Polaris RZR. 

 
 

 

 Everything you need is in one box, pre-tuned and ready to go. Team DragonFire and the masterminds at Weller Racing have spent months on the track and in the shop dialing in this set-up. Rather than building a highly stressed grenade, this new kit is the bomb in terms of reliability! Strategic focus on key components enable us to not only extract every bit of power out of the RZR 1000 motor, but translate it to the ground efficiently.

 

The heart of the new DragonFire Performance by Weller Racing combo is DragonFire’s proven PyroPak fuel management system. More efficient combustion combined with increased airflow equal more horsepower. Since engines are essentially air pumps, increased air flow equals even more performance, so a fully serviceable high-flow AIRAID® air filter working in conjunction with a pre-filter keeps out sand and other particulates without restricting air flow. 

 

Weller’s secrets for converting horsepower into traction start with adjustable shift weights, which make fine tuning power pulses possible. Beefier primary and secondary clutch springs result in improved shift points, while a new helix makes for better back-shifting.

 

Best of all, the DragonFire by Weller Performance Kit provides reliable horsepower. Get more bang for your buck rather than building a motor that will grenade on you! DragonFire and Weller take all the guesswork out and provide you everything needed in one box. As an added benefit, all of the components have built-in adjustment so this kit can expand as your RZR does.

 

FEATURES:

·         Best Bang For The Buck

·         Kit Comes Complete For Easy Install

·         Dyno-Tested For Optimum Performance

·         Kit Can Expand To Accommodate Other Performance Upgrades

·         Adds Reliable Horsepower

·         Works With OEM Or Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

 

 

Click here for information on the new DragonFire Performance Kit by Weller Racing:

http://www.dragonfireracing.com/product/5954/dragonfire-performance-kit-by-weller-racing

#MAKINGMEMORIES

December 17, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Team DragonFire's Employee Day

 

Here at DragonFire we feel that it’s our passion for the sport that drives us to succeed. Just like in racing it takes an entire team to win in business… and we have one of the best teams you could ask for! In celebration of our team and their hard work, DragonFire hosted an employee day at Firebird Raceway for the last race of the 2015 Lucas Oil Regionals.

 

DragonFire racer Ken Benson was kind enough to let us take over his pit and a sea of DragonFire employees flowed into Firebird ready to enjoy some racing action! DragonFire team leaders provided a pre-race lunch where everyone could kickback in the "DragonFire Lounge" built inside Ken’s pit. Crew and family members got the chance to kick their feet up and soak up the sun on a much-needed day of R&R (Racing & Recreation)! 

 

When the races started, the DragonFire crew made their way to the stands to watch DragonFire racers Ken, Hans Waage and Bobby van Beekum battle it out in the last round of the season. Having the largest cheering section for our racers made for a really good time! All of the DragonFire racers did very well and kept everyone on the edge of their seat… when the dust settled, Hans finished first and Bobby wrapped up the 2015 Production 1000 class championship.
  
 
 
Talking and sharing laughs with friends and family is what our slogan #MakingMemories is all about! We are grateful for the team we have and their passion for the sport, it is truly what makes us who we are.    

 

LUCAS OIL REGIONALS FINALE

December 16, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Team DragonFire Dominates The Day

 

The final rounds of the Lucas Oil AZ Regionals proved to be one of the best races of the year, especially for Team DragonFire's HomeTown Heroes. DragonFire-sponsored athlete Ken Benson graciously opened his pits to all the employees as we held our very first ever "DragonFire Employee Race Day" with food and drinks as well as a special VIP section for the crew. The whole team loaded up and headed out to cheer on Team DragonFire's #HomeTownHeroes Ken, Hans Waage and Bobby van Beekum. 

 
SR1

You couldn’t ask for a better day to go racing with temps in the 80’s and nearly perfect track conditions. Ken lined up in the 4th spot in his DragonFire/Weller-built SR1 racer eager to take the green flag. It became apparent quickly that this was the last race of the season as the entire field let it all hang out. Battling in every corner Ken was right in the mix for the entire race keeping the DFR team on the edge of their seats. Ken worked his way into third and the top three started to pull away from the pack. The leaders were never more than a car length or two away from each other. Looking for a way to move forward, Ken missed a shift and dropped back. With fire in his eyes Ken put the hammer down and was able to catch the front-runners and come across the finish in a solid 3rd. 

 
Production 1000

Climbing into the DragonFire Maverick X ds 1000 Ken was chomping at the bit to put a year's worth of work to the test in the final round. At the green flag Ken found himself in the top 5 right away. Driving like a man possessed Ken was on a mission to get his Maverick to the front. The entire field was locked in a close battle and the slightest mistake meant you were losing more than one position. Ken ran a clean race pushing his way past racers at every opportunity. With less then 5 laps to go Ken capitalized on a mistake made by the car up front and found himself running for dear life to get out and away from the field. Holding off everyone until the midway caution. When the race went green again it was like starting all over and Ken had to try to run away once again. The top three cars were seconds away from each other by the white flag and Ken was still clutching onto his 1st place spot when seasoned short course racer Trisha Wright found an opening squeaking by Ken in the final few turns stealing away the win.

 

After a great day at the track, DragonFire employees were still riding the rush of short course racing as they said their goodbyes and headed home… everyone except Ken, that is. A racer side to the core, Ken was still out checking and re-checking his cars for the next day of racing. Without his full cheering section, Ken still put in a solid Sunday finishing 6th in the SR1 class and clinching third place in the championship and 2nd in the Production 1000 class.  

 
Meanwhile Robert van Beekum was class champion after a season of awesome racing. Robert wrapped up the season with a win on Sunday and the 2015 Production 1000 championship! Hans Waage finished 1-2 on the day and then donated his trophy to a little kid after the race. “A future racer was standing by the podium when I got down today, so I gave him my 2nd place trophy,” says Hans. “He then asked for one for his sister, so I gave him my 1st place from yesterday.” Class act by one of the true gentlemen of racing!

 

Thanks to all the DragonFire #HomeTownHeroes!

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