Riverside, CA (10/30/2012)
K&N's Daryl Rath won the 2012 TerraCross Utility Class ATV Championshp
The K&N backed
veteran competitor said he has every intention of racing in 2013
The K&N backed veteran competitor said he has every intention of racing in
"I believe this is number eight," commented Daryl Rath during an ESPN
interview. "I'm blessed. I have raced all of my life and got to do things
that most people just dream of. I seriously have nothing to complain about,
I'm 44 years old and I saw people this weekend that I had not seen in 20
years and they could not believe that I am still doing it. And still doing
What Rath is "still doing" is TerraCross racing. If you've never heard of it
you're not alone. Terracross, as seen on ESPN, was formally branded as the
Quad Terrain Challenge, and in September of last year it made its
spectacular return to motorsports racing at the 2011 Haydays Extravaganza.
Fans immediately take to the sport as it pits ATV's, UTV's and
Side-by-Side's against the most excessive, extraterrestrial inspired terrain
imaginable. Topography that includes lunar-like rock crossings, malevolent
log sections, vehicle consuming mud and pretty much anything else a demented
track ogre would need to claim victims. The idea is not only to survive the
course and chaos, but to undergo it faster than everyone else. The series
recently wrapped and it was none other than K&N racing veteran, Rath,
claiming the overall ATV category title and complimenting that with the
runner-up spot in Side-by-Side.
K&N's Daryl Rath placed second in the TerraCross UTV Points Championship
Rath is no stranger to TerraCross, as he's been diligently working behind
the scenes for two years helping the ESPN X Games Promoter to bring the
sport back in a big way, by debuting it in front of 35,000-40,000 estimated
spectators. "TerraCross was created for the ESPN Great Outdoors Games by Tes
Sewell," explained Joe Duncan, another key player in bringing the event
"It evolved into the professional sport of Quad Terrain which
played for two seasons on ESPN. With the original name TerraCross back and
the help of Rath the large crowds at Haydays will see this thrilling action
packed form of competition."
Rath added a 2nd
overall in Side-by-Side's to his 2012 ATV TerraCross title.
Give us a few insights from your thrilling opening round win in Elk River?
"I had some experience with terrain racing in these conditions on a Utility,
but was excited to see how the RZR would do. The biggest battle is with the
track, and making sure you can race a good line, and to be quick to adapt to
the track as the track changes. It was also great to be a part of a series
that will be televised on CBS Sports Network giving this sport such great
exposure. After talking to some of the people involved both the racers and
the spectators, everyone is pretty excited about Terracross."
How long have you been racing Side-by-Side's, how'd you get started?
"I have been lucky to have such a great long standing relationship with
Polaris, and that opened the door for me to try Side-by-Side racing. My
first race in a Side-by-Side was a GNCC event , and I did some Ice Racing in
it, and now I am doing the TerraCross."
Daryl Rath won the
season opening TerraCross event at the Haydays Extravaganza
Daryl Rath won the season opening TerraCross event at the Haydays
The Elk River race was back in June, and we know the 2012 season treated you
very well overall, recap some of the highlights as you saw them?
"I am happy with what I was able to accomplish in 2012. I finished winning
the Championship in the Utility Class and finished 2nd Place in the
Championship for Side-by-Sides . Winning a Championship will follow you in
your career, winning races is a lot of fun, but a championship is what every
racer strives for."
What's up next and have you started thinking about the 2013 season yet?
"I am honored to be able to say I am racing another year. I have been
blessed to be able to do it for so many years and to build some lifelong
relationships with people in the Industry that I now consider friends. I am
hoping to be able to fit more TT racing into my schedule for next year along
with Terracross and a few other surprises. It's that time of year and some
things still need to be kept quiet!"
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