Wonder Warthog Racing: Running Hog Wild at Hangtown

(5/18/2004) — Team Warthog, the non-profit privateer support program being managed by Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR), began the outdoor series not with a whimper but a BANG!!  After securing primary sponsorship for the NPG National MX series from ¿Supercross: The Movie¿ (www.tagentertainment.com) and The Road 2 Recovery Foundation (www.road2recovery.com), Team Warthog announced its outdoor program. 

In a nutshell, the Team Warthog¿s MOST IMPROVED PRIVATEER PROGRAM (MIPP) will reward the privateer in each class who has the best week-to-week improvement in overall finishing positions.  Payouts will begin at the next event for the 125 and 250 classes.  Details of the program are outlined at the end of this release as well as on the www.wonderwarthogracing.com website.

Team Warthog loves women!!!  As part of our roadmap to help grow the sport and in the spirit of our ¿big tent¿ philosophy (not to mention the feminist inclinations of the Lovely Mrs. Warthog and the wartpiglet, Rachel), we have begun to focus our energies on the enchanting vixens of MX.  The WMA series is included in the new Team Warthog outdoor program.  In fact, since the first event took place last week at the ¿Prequel¿, we already have a MIPP winner ¿ Philo Petricig.  Congratulations Philo and no matter what you do, do not let Bauer talk you into taking him out to an expensive dinner with your $500 Team Warthog check.  We are proud of the fact that we are supporting the women and the sport as well as, with one bold and mighty stroke of the pen, improving the attractiveness of Team Warthog tenfold!!! 

As usual, the racing at Hangtown was spectacular.  RC, the first factory star to back the Team Warthog privateer program with vim and vigor, pretended he was never gone and proceeded to dominate the proceedings!!! Good job, RC.  Our other early supporter, James ¿Bubba¿ Stewart, continued to prove he cannot lose, no way, no how.  How did RC and Bubba celebrate their victories??  By contributing their winning jerseys to Team Warthog, of course.  Look for these puppies to be fetching record auction prices soon, all for the benefit the noble privateers.  RC  and Bubba, you rule, on and off the track!!

In other Team Warthog-related auction news, Le Cobra¿s (a.k.a. DV) gear amassed a pretty big penny for privateers.  After the awesome ride DV put in at Hangtown, the price of his gear literally quadrupled in one day!!!  Our favorite MotoTalker was hard on the gas, that¿s for sure.  Thanks David!!!  And Shift Racing contributed the gear from their entire team (Goselaar, Mills and Grant) to be put to use for the privateer program.  Speculators take note: Included in this generous set of Shift SWAG are Josh Grant¿s first ever set of gear worn at a National event.  Given the wunderkind¿s performance, this item is too hot to touch!!

And guess what showed up for the privateers, courtesy of Doc Wobb??  A complete set of muddy, stinky (BTW, that¿s the way we like `em ¿ they¿re worth more that way) Stefan Everts gear.  And rumor has it that we will soon be receiving Ben Townley¿s gear from last week¿s sweep, as well as a set of Mark De Reuver¿s gear from the past season.  Can you believe that the GP Euros, who do in fact kick major ass on the track, contrary to some xenophobic views (you know who you are), are supporting the struggling privateers in the US too??  The least we can do for them is send our best team over to the MXDN to entertain the rabid MX fans on the continent.

Next up is the raffle for Bob Hannah¿s last Yamaha, graciously donated by the Primm MX Collection (opening to the public 5/5/05 iLas Vegas, Nevada) to Team Warthog privateers.  Hangtown was the first National event to host the raffle and it was a rousing success!!! Despite logistical problems that prevented us from selling tickets in the morning, Team Warthog collected just about $1,000 from the raffle. 

The Wonder Warthog himself was out there as a carny barker/evangelist, spreading the good word about the noble privateer.  He was ranting and raving as though he was demon possessed, much to the amusement of the innocent bystanders.  But his message rang true: If you support this great sport of ours, you should honor the noble privateer by buying a raffle ticket¿or a dozen.  You can make a difference in the future of the sport by becoming involved in the Team Warthog revolution, starting with one lousy raffle ticket.  Look for the Primm MX Collection/Team Warthog raffle booth at a National event near you or online at www.wonderwarthogracing.com!!!

What about the Team Warthog volunteers??  Well, they just about killed themselves over the past week. 

Marc Estabrooks, of Rider Apparel (www.riderapparel.com) whipped up a full page Team Warthog ad for the August issue of Racer-X in record time.  Less than 36 hours to be almost exact.  Thanks Marc and Lisa (Marc¿s more significant other).  Marc was assisted by MotoTakers and MotoDoers Brandon Mizar and Bob Carrico.  Thanks to you all.

What can you say about the MotoXPrincess and the Bone??  They manned and womanned the raffle booth all day long at Hangtown.  We¿re pretty sure that the Princess¿s significant assets closed the deal time after time (unless it was WW¿s hairy belly or the Bone¿s masculine bulge ¿ Nah, probably not).  They missed most of the racing, all for our beloved privateers.  And they liked it.  BTW, Bone (a.k.a. Tony Medlock) is the Chairman of the Board for Team Warthog.  He, like most others involved with the program, are trying to do nothing less than make motocross the single best sport in the known universe.

Then you have Chris Lantz, the Team Warthog Chief of Staff.  Chris has been instrumental in making the vision of Team Warthog work.  Steve and Scott are long on ideas but often short on attention.  Chris can focus, Chris can do; Chris is the guy who gets shit done.  Thanks Chris for all that you do.  Your eternal rewards will be boundless!!!

Did you know Wonder Warthog Racing has a ¿Wonder Warthog Racing Hour¿ on PitPass Radio (www.pitpassradio.com)??  Well, we do, every Tuesday night from 8:06 pm to 9:00pm CT.  And WWR also gets whacked with DMXS (www.dmsxradio.com) every Wed, from 8:15pm to 8:35pm CT.  Come listen, NOW!!!

WWR expresses its gratitude to their charter primary sponsors, Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant (www.engineice.cc), Allsport Dynamics (www.allsportdynamics.com), OGIO (www.ogio.com), Clear Channel Entertainment (www.sxgp.com), ¿Supercross: The Movie¿ (www.tagentertainment.com), The Road 2 Recovery (www.road2recovery.com), Primm MX Collection (www.primmmxcollection.com), Mike Yost, and the many enthusiast level sponsors and other contributors who’ve stepped up to support our efforts.

The staff of WWR is extremely grateful to their friends at the National Promoters Group, Clear Channel Entertainment and AMA Pro Racing for their acceptance and help in integrating WWR’s ideas and programs!! You guys are down with the hog, for sure (or is that up with the hog?? No matter)

Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR) is a unique company formed to better the sport of motocross.   WWR is comprised of two distinct entities: Team Warthog, created to conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at the privateers; and Wonder Warthog Apparel, which will sell casual clothes to the mass market based on the Wonder Warthog comic book character, with a portion of the revenues earmarked for Team Warthog funding.

For more information go to www.wonderwarthogracing.com, or e-mail them at:     

scott@wonderwarthogracing.com
steve@wonderwarthogracing.com

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MOST IMPROVED PRIVATEER PROGRAM (MIPP) DETAILS

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • All riders must meet the following requirements to be eligible for Team Warthog privateer cash awards:

           *Please note that the criteria defining  ¿privateer¿ has changed*

    • If a rider meets any three of the five criteria listed below, he or she is NOT eligible for cash awards:
      • Rider pits out of a Semi tractor/trailer
      • Rider¿s entry fees are paid by a third party
      • Rider receives a base or event- based salary (not including performance bonuses)
      • Rider uses a salaried mechanic
      • Rider flies to and from non-local races

NOTE ¿ Above items paid for directly by the rider or his family are excluded.

  • Rider must display the Flying Warthog sticker conspicuously on the front fender.  Either on top towards the front or underneath towards the back (best placement for action photography).  If possible, the Warthog should be placed flying at a 45% angle, to symbolize the ascent of the noble privateer.
  • Rider must race and make the main gate in the same class in two consecutive NPG national events with the following restrictions ¿ The rider must not DNS, DNF, or be lapped more than once in any of the motos.

To Win:

  • There will be a winner in both the 125cc and 250cc classes every week, beginning in week two.
  • The winner will be determined as follows: 
    • The qualified Team Warthog rider who most significantly betters his overall finish from the previous week, based on the number of places, will win.  For example, if a rider finishes 35th overall one week and 22nd overall the next, he will win if 13 places is the best improvement in that class
    • Ties will be broken based on the highest placed overall finish
  • Winners will receive a check for $500 from Wonder Warthog Racing
  • The same rider can win multiple times, however, his best overall finish establishes the benchmark from which subsequent finishes are measured.  Using the previous example, the rider must improve from 22nd overall.

We would also hope to get the winning riders on the Wonder Warthog Segments of PitPass Radio and DMXS on Tues and Wed evenings, from 6:00 ¿ 6:45 PM PST and provide a brief rider profile for our website.

How you can contact us: www.wonderwarthogracing.com or Wonder Warthog Racing, P.O. Box 775, Fullerton, CA 92836

The staff of WWR is extremely grateful to their friends at the National Promoters Group, Clear Channel Entertainment and AMA Pro Racing for their acceptance and help in integrating WWR’s ideas and programs!! You guys are down with the hog, for sure (or is that up with the hog?? No matter)

Wonder Warthog Racing (WWR) is a unique company formed to better the sport of motocross.   WWR is comprised of two distinct entities: Team Warthog, created to conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at the privateers; and Wonder Warthog Apparel, which will sell casual clothes to the mass market based on the Wonder Warthog comic book character, with a portion of the revenues earmarked for Team Warthog funding.

For more information go to www.wonderwarthogracing.com, or e-mail them at:     

scott@wonderwarthogracing.com
steve@wonderwarthogracing.com

****

MOST IMPROVED PRIVATEER PROGRAM (MIPP) DETAILS

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • All riders must meet the following requirements to be eligible for Team Warthog privateer cash awards:

           *Please note that the criteria defining  ¿privateer¿ has changed*

    • If a rider meets any three of the five criteria listed below, he or she is NOT eligible for cash awards:
      • Rider pits out of a Semi tractor/trailer
      • Rider¿s entry fees are paid by a third party
      • Rider receives a base or event- based salary (not including performance bonuses)
      • Rider uses a salaried mechanic
      • Rider flies to and from non-local races

NOTE ¿ Above items paid for directly by the rider or his family are excluded.

  • Rider must display the Flying Warthog sticker conspicuously on the front fender.  Either on top towards the front or underneath towards the back (best placement for action photography).  If possible, the Warthog should be placed flying at a 45% angle, to symbolize the ascent of the noble privateer.
  • Rider must race and make the main gate in the same class in two consecutive NPG national events with the following restrictions ¿ The rider must not DNS, DNF, or be lapped more than once in any of the motos.

To Win:

  • There will be a winner in both the 125cc and 250cc classes every week, beginning in week two.
  • The winner will be determined as follows: 
    • The qualified Team Warthog rider who most significantly betters his overall finish from the previous week, based on the number of places, will win.  For example, if a rider finishes 35th overall one week and 22nd overall the next, he will win if 13 places is the best improvement in that class
    • Ties will be broken based on the highest placed overall finish
  • Winners will receive a check for $500 from Wonder Warthog Racing
  • The same rider can win multiple times, however, his best overall finish establishes the benchmark from which subsequent finishes are measured.  Using the previous example, the rider must improve from 22nd overall.

We would also hope to get the winning riders on the Wonder Warthog Segments of PitPass Radio and DMXS on Tues and Wed evenings, from 6:00 ¿ 6:45 PM PST and provide a brief rider profile for our website.

How you can contact us: www.wonderwarthogracing.com or Wonder Warthog Racing, P.O. Box 775, Fullerton, CA 92836