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Wolf, Scanlon Assume P&L Responsibility for Snowmobiles, Slingshot Respectively

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MINNEAPOLIS (March 23, 2015) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced that the responsibilities of retiring Vice President of Snowmobiles and Slingshot, Mike Jonikas, will be divided between two roles reporting directly to President and Chief Operating Officer Bennett Morgan.  Chris Wolf, currently General Manager, Snowmobiles, will be promoted to Vice President of that business, and Craig Scanlon will fill the role of Vice President, Slingshot. “Mike’s departure presents us with an opportunity to leverage our incredibly deep pool of talent and further develop two outstanding performers,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman and CEO.  “Expanding Chris Wolf’s role into Vice President, Snowmobiles, allows him to continue the work he and Mike did spearheading the renaissance of our Snowmobile division.  And by promoting Craig Scanlon to Vice President, Slingshot, we apply the experience of one of our largest business’ chief architects toward leading a new business with substantial runway.”

Michael Jonikas, Polaris Industries Inc. VP, Snowmobiles and Slingshot, Retiring

Departing after 15 years of distinguished service
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MINNEAPOLIS (March 23, 2015) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced that Michael (Mike) Jonikas, Vice President of Snowmobiles and Slingshot, will be retiring in May of this year. Over the past fifteen years, Mike Jonikas has been a key leader for Polaris and the powersports industry, and has made significant contributions to both.  Jonikas began his Polaris career in 2000 as a Marketing Director in the Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) division, then went on to become the first General Manager of Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, Vice President of Sales & Corporate Marketing and On Road, and finally VP of Snowmobile and Slingshot.  Under his guidance, Polaris’ snowmobile business has reached new heights in performance - both from the vehicles themselves and from a sales perspective - while his work with Slingshot resulted in one of the most successful product launches in Polaris history.

Sam Yokley Takes First GNCC Single-Seat Class

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Minneapolis, March 23, 2015- As part of Polaris’ new partnership of the Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) to sponsor GNCC’s newly-added Single Seat Class, The General would be the first race of the season to offer the class. Six Polaris ACE vehicles would enter to vie to be the first Single Seat winner for the season. Sam Yokley, nephew to Polaris Factory Racer William Yokley, would take the checkered flag of the three-lap race. Doug Fortner of Brocton, NY would take second and Josh Copeland, racing as part of Team UXC Racing, would take third. The next GNCC Single Seat Race will be at Big Buck, April 11, in Union, SC. Polaris ACE will be giving away special ACE gift packs to Single Seat class entrants. About Polaris   Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2014 sales of $4.5 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin®, Cycle Country® and Pro Armor® brands.

Polaris/Coastal/CST/Yokley Racing Team Pushes Through a Challenging GNCC Season Opener

Team Drivers Scott Kiger and William Yokley Look to Bounce Back at Round Two
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WASHINGTON, Ga. (March 16, 2015) – The 2015 GNCC Series kicked off its six-race Side-by-Side Championship on Saturday in Washington, Georgia with The General GNCC. Heavy rainfall leading up to the event made for a challenging day of racing for the Polaris/Coastal/CST/Yokley Racing squad but team drivers Scott Kiger and William Yokley are looking forward to bouncing back at the next round.Team Driver Scott Kiger powered his Polaris RZR XP 1000 off the line and drove into the first turn wheel-to-wheel with two other drivers. With a highly competitive XC1 Pro lineup, Kiger pushed his way into the lead as the pack entered the woods on the opening lap. Kiger then experienced a mechanical issue that caused him to lose substantial time early on.

Cody Rahders Rocks Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Series Round 2

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Minneapolis, Feb. 10, 2015-With the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Series (LORRS) holding both Rounds 2 and 3 on the same weekend, Cody Rahders took the opportunity to rebound from a DNF while leading at Round 1 to win both Round 2 and 3 of the Production 1000 class, in his 2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS.After spending Friday with Justin Lambert of Cognito Motorsports taking lap times and Brandon Hong from Sparks Racing dialing in his clutch, Rahders went on to place second in Saturday’s qualifier for Round 2 of the series. In the main event, he started in fourth position and by the exit of turn one, he was leading and never looked back for his first win of the 2015 season.

Team UXC Racing Takes GNCC Wild Boar

Trantham and Swift go one, two on their Scrambler XP 850s
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Minneapolis, March 10, 2015- Team UXC Racing would be out at full force at GNCC’s First Round, Wild Boar, in Palatka, Fla., and would go one, two both in the 4x4 Pro Class and overall, with the Scrambler XP 850 EPS. After starting mid-pack, Kevin Trantham and Michael Swift would pull the lead on the second lap with Michael Swift in front and teammate Kevin Trantham in second. During lap three, Swift encountered a lapped rider which gave Trantham the opportunity to capture the lead. The duo crossed the finished line grabbing the top two podium positions in the Pro 4x4 class. Trantham and Swift also secured the top two overall podium positions for the morning ATV race. “We had an awesome day out there. We have worked hard and we did just what we needed to do today putting the Scrambler first and second overall on the podium,” said Swift.

Polaris ACE Partners with GNCC to Offer Single-Seat Class

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Minneapolis, March 5, 2015- Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles (ORVs), today announced a partnership with the Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) to sponsor GNCC’s newly-added Single Seat Class. In January 2014, Polaris introduced the revolutionary 32 horsepower, single-seat Polaris ACE which was designed to combine the size and nimble handling of a Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) with the confidence and comfort of RANGER and RZR side-by-sides. The vehicle generated so much interest that six months later, the company introduced a second model with a 45 horsepower ProStar™ 570 engine. The ACE architecture appealed to a wide-variety of riders, including racers, which was demonstrated last fall when GNCC and Polaris offered an exhibition ACE Editor’s Race at the Ironman, in Crawfordsville, Indiana.“GNCC is excited to introduce the Single Seat Class into our racing format,” said GNCC Director Tim Cotter. “When Polaris commits to something, they commit 100 percent and we have no doubt that the ACE is destined to be a main stay in off-road.”The GNCC Single Seat Class will be available for single seat production models up to 570ccs, and engine and suspension modifications will be permitted. The vehicles will race on the UTV course but in a separate race from the UTVs.

Polaris RANGER Becomes National Sponsor of PRCA ProRodeo

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Minneapolis, March 4, 2015 – Polaris® Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles and The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)  today announced a national partnership recognizing the industry-leading utility vehicle (UTV), Polaris RANGER, as the “Official UTV of the PRCA, the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”“Given that the majority of our members and fans reside in rural America, this partnership is a perfect fit,” stated PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “Polaris RANGER’s commitment to ProRodeo truly shows the marketing efficacy of this sport and we are proud to have them onboard.” 

New Model Preview - The 100 Club

The Polaris Lineup Expands Again
Written By: 
John Arens
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Care to guess which manufacturer builds the most models of ATVs and Side x Sides? Most people would pick Polaris as we did, but it got us thinking - just how many models do they make? The answer surprised even us, and when the company that has recorded so many firsts in the industry released their 2015 lineup, they crossed another huge threshold. With different models and configuration packages, Polaris now has over 100 models to choose from. For 2015 Polaris really put the throttle down and released a huge number of new ATVs and the Side x Sides, hitting practically every type of user.

RZRs Shine at UTV World Championship

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Minneapolis, Feb. 25, 2015- One hundred and twenty two UTVs would line up for the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com making it the largest UTV race ever. In the desert race, Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims, in his Lonestar Racing No. 1913 RZR XP 1000, would take the lead on the first lap and never look back in the Walker Evans Desert Championship to win the grand prize package which included a brand new Polaris RZR XP 1000. RZRs would take the top 11 spots in the race once again showing the dominance of the vehicle in racing. In the Production Class, Jacob Shaw in his Magnum Off-Road Polaris RZR XP 1000 would take the win in the Holz Racing Products Production Championship and also take home a new Polaris RZR XP 1000. Polaris Factory Racer Beau Baron would hit the podium in third with the top 11 finishers in RZR vehicles. The race also offered a Production RZR 170 race which saw a dozen vehicles line up. Seth Quintero in his Magnum Off-Road RZR 170 would take the checkered flag and is one to watch in the future.

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