Local racer switches gears


For the past nine years, Armstrong has raced a modified ATV

June 15, 2019 — Florence resident and sand drag racer Gary “G” Armstrong will compete in the 2019 Northwest Pro 2 Car Race Series driving his new Yamaha YXZ1000r SS UTV. 

For the past nine years, Armstrong has raced a modified ATV in the ATV category of the Series, along the way winning two championships, two championship runner-ups and 62 podium finishes.

Over this year’s off-season winter months, he transitioned from racing ATV’s to his new UTV race car that was provided with the help of sponsor Florence Yamaha. 

“It was time to do something fresh and these new UTV’s are the rage of the rapidly growing recreational off-road industry in the U.S.A.,” Armstrong says of the transition.

The first race of the Series is today and tomorrow, June 16, at Albany Sand Drags in Albany, Ore.

Armstrong’s other sponsors include Fullerton Sand Sports Tires and Wheels, Dasa Racing Products, Redline Racing, Direct Drive CNC, Oneal Racing Gear, Dirt Wheels Mag-
azine, Santa Cruz Bicycles and local Florence businesses Jack Smoot Welding and Siuslaw Signs & Graphics.

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