Desert racing legend Wayne Matlock piloted a Polaris RZR Pro R to an impressive overall win at the 2022 San Felipe 250 earlier this month in Baja. The race covers the same brutal desert conditions as the Baja 500 and 1000 and attracts a similar cast of frighteningly fast drivers.
Sponsored by King Shocks, the race featured multiple UTV classes all facing a gnarly 277-mile course. Matlock covered the distance in just 6 hours, 8 minutes, and 50 seconds. This put the racer a full five minutes ahead of his next fastest opponent.
“Today was an awesome day for the whole Polaris Racing team. We came into this weekend ready to make a statement, and that is exactly what we did,” said Brett Carpenter, manager of the Polaris Factory Racing Team. “Wayne drove flawlessly all day to capture the win. This showing is a testament to the capabilities of our racers, but also the RZR Pro R platform. These vehicles are incredibly durable and capable of handling even the toughest conditions, which was showcased today.”
Polaris dominated across the board. Justin Lambert scored second overall and a first place win in the Pro UTV Turbo class. Joe Bolton won the Pro Naturally Aspirated class in an RZR XP 1000. In the Pro UTV Open class, Mike Cafro and Craig Scanlon helped Polaris sweep the podium.
Polaris and its RZR Factory Racing outfit are slated to return to the area for the Baja 500 from June 1–5.