Christopher Polvoorde was visibly
disappointed on the podium after
the season finale; although he’d just
won the race, he thought he’d lost the
Modified Kart title by a single point.
However, when the third-place driver
and apparent points winner was
disqualified for a technical infraction,
Polvoorde was elevated to champion.
That might appear to be the
greatest moment in the 15-year-old
high school student’s season, but it
was the same spot, on the podium at
Lake Elsinore, seven months earlier
that he points to as significant.
“The first race of the year, that
was big,” he says. “To come out
and win, that was a big deal for our
team. That proved we could do it,
and that we had something for the
championship this year.”
Polvoorde knocked out seven
wins for the season, a total exceeded
only by Pro 4 champ Kyle LeDuc.
Significantly, he won on every single
weekend of competition with the
exception of Glen Helen, which lost a
race due to weather.
“It’s seasons like this that will
rarely happen again. Even when we
thought we got second, the season
overall was amazing for us,” he says.
Now Polvoorde, who also races
cross-country mountain bikes for
Hemet High School in a Southern
California high school league, is
preparing for the next stage of his
racing career. In 2016 he’ll race a
Pro Lite in the Lucas Oil Regional
Racing Series, along with some
select national events, while
continuing to race his Mod Kart.
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off-road racing ladder.
(above) fought back
from an early-season
setback to take the
2015 pro lite title.
george made it two
pro buggy titles in
two years for the
hit with that. How do you bounce back?
garrett george, Pro Buggy
We just put our head down and said, ‘All
we’ve got to do is go out and win races.’
That’s the only way you can come back,
by beating everyone.”
Anderson did just that, sweeping the
two rounds at the next race weekend at
Lake Elsinore, Calif., and winning four of
the next six races. Seven straight podium
finishes to finish the season – not
including the last two races where he
could afford to play it more conservative –
sealed the championship.
Mickey thompson/King off-road
No Pro class was more competitive than
Pro Buggy in 2015. Eight different drivers
stood atop the podium (nine if you count
christopher Polvoorde (aBoVE) posted
seven race wins on his way to the 2015
modified Kart championship in loorrs.
the season-ending, non-points Lucas Oil
Challenge Cup). So it was natural that
there would be some ups and downs on
the road to the championship.
“It was a long, tough year,” says
Garrett George, who took the title a year
after his cousin, Chad, won the 2014
championship. “I gained the points lead,
like, two or three races in. But the trip to
Mexico was a big downer – we DNF’d. We
also DNF’d in Reno, and I was tied with
Mike Valentine coming into Las Vegas.
I knew I had to give it everything I had in
Vegas and I worked my butt off so that
coming into the final race, I’d have it a
little easier on myself.”
What he had to do in Las Vegas was
win, and he did just that in the second
race, after finishing third in the first one.
His chief rival for the championship,
Valentine, didn’t finish the first race, giving
George the cushion he needed.
“At one point, going into Utah, we were
something like 30 points up, and it all fell
apart,” he says. “The pivotal moment was
that second night in Vegas, when we won
the whole thing, with fast lap, too, and left
there with a 25-point lead.”
That was also where Anderson
captured his first Pro 2 class victory,
making it an even more significant
weekend. But there was another turning
point earlier in the season – one that
could have derailed his championship.
“Round 3, I was leading and lost a rear
gear, and it killed us in the points,” he
recalls. “Third race of the year and we got
“How do you bounce back?
We just put our head down
and said, ‘All we’ve got to
do is go out and win races’”