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Can-Am's Logan Gastal Debuts X3 at BITD Parker 250
Logan Gastel Takes Top 10 Pro Turbo Finish at BITD Season Opener

Highland, CA (1/12/2017) - Logan Gastel debuted his new Can-Am Maverick X3 at the Parker 250, round one of the Best in the Desert Series. Gastel started 14th and finished 10th in the debut of his new car in the Arizona desert.

With less than eight weeks before the start of the season, Gastel took delivery of the new Maverick X3. With zero testing time, he took the start and ran as high as fourth before sunset, but not expecting the race to run in the dark, he didn’t install headlights for the season opener, which dropped him back to a tenth place finish.

Logan Gastel Can-Am Maverick X3 BITD Racing
Logan Gastel made the switch to the Can-Am Maverick X3 for 2017 Best in the Desert Series

“We started building our new X3 the first week of November,” explained Gastel. “We had two months to build the car and get it ready. This is a brand-new platform that none of us have any experience with. We made the race after having no testing time in the car. With the help of the Murrays and Lonestar giving us some suspension tuning advice, we are able to get the car to survive.”

“We were able to maintain fourth or fifth on corrected time through the first two laps,” added Gastel. “Once I settled into a groove, we went in for the long haul. We pushed hard and it was nice to start off the season consistently. Then, once night fell, are charge was slowed because we didn’t have headlights.”

Logan Gastel Can-Am Maverick X3 BITD Racing
Logan Gastel overcame the lack of headlights to secure a Top 10 finish in the Pro Turbo UTV Class at the BITD Parker 250

Gastel said the car was virtually flawless in a nearly bone-stock setup. He said Can-Am’s pronouncement the car is race ready out of the box is completely true.

“I’ve driven everything out there and, by far, the Can-Am X3 is the best car out there right now,” said Gastel. “It has everything: the horsepower and the suspension and chassis. It had more to give at the race than I was willing to take. I’m very impressed. There is nothing wrong with the car after the race and we ran all of the factory suspension: A-arms, trailing arms, tie rods and it all held up. The course was in pretty bad shape with a lot of rocks.”

Gastel is now a factory Can-Am driver. Along with most of the sponsors he had last year, he also welcomes Lonestar to his program. “It’s nice to have factory Can-Am support this year and we’re glad to bring back Lonestar Industries this year,” said Gastel. “This will give us a great foundation on which to build for the 2017 championship.”

Gastel next heads to the illustrious Mint 400 in Las Vegas. That race, held in the desert around Sin City, is scheduled for March 2-5.

Logan Gastel 2017 Sponsors:
Can-Am, Rugged Radios, Summers Brothers, ITP, Raceline, Lone Star racing, Alba Racing, IMS Metals, FOX, Rigid, Motul, Factory UTV, AMR racing, Monster Seal, Beard,

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