RACE: King of the Hammers 2018
LOCATION: Johnson Valley, CA
VEHICLE: Polaris RZR XP 1000
TEAM: GenRight Off Road
EXHAUST: Big Gun EXO Stainless Dual Full System
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Feb 15, 2018 – This years King of the Hammers was definitely one for the books.  I knew the 120+ mile course would provide some of the most brutal terrain you could run a UTV through, and I knew I was ready for it.

I didn’t get quite as much pre-running in as I wanted to before qualifying, but I had a good feel for the course.
Even with all the preparation, qualifying didn’t go as planned (that’s racing…). Due to a small mechanical failure, I was unable to finish the qualifying course, meaning I would start the 2018 King of the Hammers UTV race in around 90th place.

Post-qualifying, we made some changes and I was feeling good coming into race morning, I knew I would have to drive semi-conservatively to preserve the car, and work my way through the pack. Lap 1 was going smooth, and I was making up positions left and right. I was having some GPS issues, which was pretty frustrating, and we ended up changing a front axle at main pit.
Back to work I went, picking off cars as I made my way up to physical 27th at one point on lap 2. The replacement axle we put in was a stock axle, and that gave out somewhere before entering Aftershock, forcing us to change it on the trail.

We made it to pit 2 on time and in good condition, but coming into the last 2 trails (Outer Limits and Spooners), we were already passed the 4 o’clock cutoff, and decided to call it considering we were about to enter the two hardest rock trails with no spare axles and already over time.
This year was by far the gnarliest course to date for the UTV’s, with only 12 finishers out of 110+ entries.

Overall the car performed flawlessly on the new Yokohama Tires & KMC Wheels, and the HCR Racing Suspension took all the abuse I could dish out.

– Jami Pellegrino
​GenRight Off Road
UTV #485