The 2022 UTV World Championship to be held during The California 300

The Super Bowl of UTV Racing Moves to Barstow, California this
October 12th-16th

SAN DIEGO, CA – January 28, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The Martelli Brothers announced today that the 8th annual UTV World Championship presented by Polaris will be held October 12th-16th in Barstow, CA as part of their brand new major off-road desert race this fall called The California 300. The announcement comes after more than a decade of promoting and producing two of the most popular and visible off-road desert races in the sport, The Mint 400 and The UTV World Championship.

The UTV World Championship at The California 300 will be held near the historic off-road riding and testing area of Barstow, California, a mere two hours from over 24 million people and the birthplace of some of the sport’s greatest UTV racers, builders, and fabricators. The new event will feature 40+ classes, pre-running and a public poker run, as well as professional media coverage by Mad Media. The UTV World Championship racers will compete in their normal UTV-only races on Friday, October 14th.

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“We’re super excited to be promoting this new event and bringing the UTV World Championship to California. Just as we shook things up with the move from Laughlin to Havasu, we felt it was time to revamp the event for all our UTV racers. Barstow has the perfect mix of longer open desert race course, good pit access, and lots of land for camping and spectating. Add to that the amenities like the local hotels, cell coverage and freeway access and it really hits all of the key components we need for a successful event,” said UTV World Championship CEO, Matt Martelli.

The UTV World Championship at The California 300 will take place on a newly mapped 75-mile racecourse. Shorter courses will be constructed for the short course and youth racers. Pre-running, Technical Inspection, an Off-Road Festival and a public poker run will all take place earlier in the week.

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“We’re taking everything we’ve learned promoting The UTV World Championship and The Mint 400 for the past decade and pouring it into this new event!” said Josh Martelli, COO of the UTV World Championship. “We have a desert cleanup in the works, pre-running, camping, a poker run, designated spectator areas, a massive off-road festival in the works, and the same professional midway, stages and media coverage planned, just like the Mint 400. We’re giving all of our UTV World Championship teams their own dedicated race this year – in California – to give them a brand new course to battle on. This is exactly what the UTV industry needs right now – a new event with the top UTV and off-road racers in the sport that’s close to home and easy to come watch and engage with!”

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“It’s no secret we’ve been developing new races over the last few years,” said UTV World Championship Event Director, Kilian Hamlin. “This is our next step in what will be a multi-year rollout of new events between now and 2025. We’re excited to get this new event on the books for this year, and even more excited to announce what’s coming in the near future.”

Details regarding racer registration, sponsorship packages, exhibitor vending, spectator tickets, camping and parking passes will all be released over the coming months and race registration will be available through soon.

About The UTV World Championship

The UTV World Championship is the world’s biggest standalone UTV race and each year it draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in youth, short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The event is supported by Polaris Industries and has generated dozens of professional racing contracts! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag. The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and social media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.

About The California 300

The California 300 is a new world-class off-road desert race built to showcase the best off-road racers in the world. The multi-day event launches October 12-16, 2022 in Barstow, CA and will feature a desert cleanup, multiple days of prerunning, a public poker run, an off-road festival, and two days of spectacular off-road racing on a fast, technical and punishing 75-mile race course. An estimated 25,000 off-road and recreational enthusiasts are expected to watch over 400 race teams in 40+ classes go door to door, while Mad Media produced livestream coverage is beamed to over 500,000 viewers worldwide. The California 300 is brought to you by the team that has rebuilt The Mint 400 into one of the most successful desert off-road races in history.

Source: UTVUnderground

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