PRESS RELEASE (Vaughan, ON, January 15, 2013)
Top-5 Finishes for Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing in Cochrane
Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racingâ€™s Iain Hayden, Lee Butler, and Jacob Rosko-Fong delivered noteworthy top-five results at Round 2 of the CSRA National Snowcross Championship series, which was held in Cochrane, Ontario this past weekend. While neither Hayden, Butler, nor Rosko-Fong were able to claim a win in the finals, all three drivers took their Polaris IQ sleds to victory in their qualifiers: Hayden and Butler in the premiere Pro Open Mod classâ€”Rosko-Fong in the Pro Lite Stock class.
In his first Saturday qualifier, defending Pro Open National Champion Iain Hayden started in third place, settled there, and would finish in that position. In his second qualifier, he nailed down the holeshot and led wire-to-wire. Saturday’s final saw Hayden dive into the first corner in fifth place and pour on the gas to quickly pass for fourth, to then set his sights on third place. Unfortunately, he got tipped over while making the pass for third. By the time he managed to rejoin the fray he was in last place, half a lap down. True to form, Hayden pulled out all the stops to make up for lost ground and powered his explosive IQ to a third place by the time the checkered flag was waved. On Sunday, Hayden delivered a rerun of the previous day’s qualifiers, booking 3-1 results. In the final, the result was the same story as on Saturday, too, but this time he had to fight tooth-and-nail for a podium finish, after breaking a runner on his sled. Despite the handicap, Hayden managed to hold on to third place from start to finish. “The competition proved to be extra tough this weekend. Everybody seemed to be on top of their game. The track was tight and hard to pass on, so it was critical to get the holeshot if you had any hopes of winning. I didn’t finish the finals where I wanted to, but I think I rode well both days and I scored some valuable points towards the championship,” Hayden said. Butler kept Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing in the mix with 2-4 qualifier results and a fourth place finish, just behind Hayden, in the final on Saturday. On Sunday, he shot out of the gate to win his first qualifier and then take home a third place finish in his second
qualifier. As on the day before, Butler again trailed his teammate to the finish line to hammer down fourth in the final. “I had expected a bit more of myself on both days, but I just couldn’t quite get into the groove. The IQ performed as it should have, it was me who was off the pace. I guess I was still shaking off a bit of racing rust from the break in the schedule. I’m already looking forward to the next race this weekend,” Butler said. Despite feeling under the weather, Rosko-Fong rose to the occasion at the Cochrane Gold Cup Snowcross—especially in Sunday’s event—to record his first Pro Lite Stock heat wins of the season. Saturday’s qualifiers and final proved to be a bit of a challenge for the ailing up-andcomer: in the first heat, he crashed and greeted the checkered flag in eighth place. In the second qualifier, he finished a solid second. In the final, having started on the back row and with his stamina fading, he still managed to run mid-pack, crossing the finish line in eighth place. On Sunday Rosko-Fong came out swinging: he nailed down definitive wins in both his qualifiers and, after a mediocre start, went on to battle his way to a respectable fourth place finish in the final. “I would have to say that coming down with the flue didn’t help much this weekend, but there was no way that I was going to sit on the sidelines. I just went out there and focused on what I had to do and put being sick on hold for a while,” Rosko-Fong said. ROCKSTAR is the world's most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles - from athletes to rock stars. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in fifteen amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Burner, Tropical Punched, Recovery Lemonade, Grape and Orange, Cola, Perfectberry, Juiced Mango Orange, Juiced Pomegranate, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, and Roasted Light Vanilla. ROCKSTAR ENERGY GUM is available in Iced Mint. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Mexico, the Philippines and throughout the United Kingdom. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK supports the active Rockstar lifestyle. In Motocross, Music, Supercross, FMX, Off Road Racing, MotoGP, Road Racing, Rally Racing, Rallycross, Snowboard, Snowmobile, Ski, Surf, Skate, Wake, MMA, Boxing, Bull Riding, BMX, and BMX Racing. Go to www.rockstarenergy.ca or www.facebook.com/RockstarCanada for athlete, music, and event updates. Check out videos, profiles, and product information.