Super ATV’s Katie Vernola Goes Desert Racing in 2017
Katie Vernola Makes Her BITD UTV Driving debut at Parker 25
San Clemente, CA (1/12/2017) – Super ATV’s Katie Vernola made her desert racing driving debut at the Parker 250, round one of the Best in the Desert Series, in Arizona. Driving a long wheelbase Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo, Vernola made it to the halfway point of the grueling Pro Turbo Class race before technical issues took her out of contention.
Vernola, a veteran of WORCS and Terracross UTV racing, is planning a full time BITD effort this year. She was happy to get some seat time in the first race and hopes to further shakedown the Polaris RZR in preparation for the upcoming Mint 400.
“Though we didn’t get to finish, we did make it halfway through the race, I did get into a groove and was able to get comfortable driving,” said Vernola. “We still have a ways to go, but we will get there. We’ll be working hard on the car and testing. We’ll be ready and we’re looking forward to a finish at the Mint 400.
“I’m so privileged to have a great group of sponsors behind me,” added Vernola. “Polaris, Super ATV, Fuel Off Road, Got Sand Performance, and Jim at Addict Racing, Chris at XTC power products, Kevin Miller at Miller Sign Corp all made this possible.”
Vernola is no stranger to desert racing. Although the Parker event marked her debut as a driver, her father and uncle both competed in desert racing and she co-drove in the Pahrump BITD race last season with Mike Lewis.
“I learned a lot of the dos and don’ts at Pahrump,” said Vernola. “I took what I learned and put it toward my own car. It helps to know how to change those little things that matter in the end. I wanted to run some longer courses, and I enjoy the longer distance racing. My dad and my uncle were into desert racing. I had the opportunity with my current sponsors, so I said ‘Let’s give it a go.’”
Vernola is busy preparing for the Mint 400. She plans a grueling testing schedule before that race. Her goal: finish in the top 5.
“I wanted to take my time and do it right, and unfortunately we didn’t have time to test much before this race,” said Vernola. “So I really want to get out and test a lot more before the Mint. I need to get more comfortable with driving the car, get all of the bugs out of the new car and get across the finish line in the top 5.”
Vernola will be ready to roll for the Mint 400, scheduled for March 2-5 in the desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada.
2017 Katie Vernola Sponsors:
Polaris Industries, Super ATV, Fuel Off Road, Got Sand Performance, KING Shocks, K&N Filters , XTC Power Products,Cody Haggerty, Addict Racing, BAJA Designs, P.C.I, Fuel Safe, Miller Sign Corp, Cryo Heat.