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 Pioneer Pro UTV Racer Lacrecia Beurrier races for one simple reason, she is out to beat breast
cancer! “Nearly 12% of American women can expect to develop breast cancer in their lifetime,” she says. “I have the pink highlights and ribbons
on the race car for those that have lost, are fighting or have won their battle with cancer. I want to honor them and hopefully give them or their family a smile.” The 2015 Best In The Desert Pro Unlimited UTV champ and three- time Mint 400 winner has dedicated her entire racing career to honoring the determination and compassion of those fighting breast cancer.
The iconic pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness is not something Lacrecia just slapped on her Polaris RZR last October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Racing For The Cure is where it all started for me,” she says. “My first race in my old Rhino was the M.O.R.E. Powder Puff charity event to raise money for the program.”
Lacrecia quickly went from charity events to competing in America’s toughest off-road race, The Mint 400! Not only did she finish the race, she won the Sportsman UTV class first time out and then came back to successfully defend her title. She then stepped up
to the Pro Unlimited Class and won
the legendary race again! She is a true champion, on and off track — when she is not ripping it up on the race course, Lacrecia’s “real” job is as an Emergency Room nurse in Lake Havasu.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
“I grew up playing off-road... I had dirt bikes and snowmobiles as a kid growing up in Iowa.” However a career as a nurse led to a move to Arizona, where she met her husband, Eric. “He introduced me to riding quads in the sand dunes. We are both competitive, so it became a game of him trying to out-ride me and me trying to keep up. I didn’t want to get left behind, so I learned to ride fast!”
Then came the Side X Side revolution. “As soon as the Rhino was introduced, we bought a couple. It was a totally different experience driving one of those in the sand, so I elected to let Eric drive them and I stuck to riding my quad.”
In the meantime, Eric and Lacrecia opened Rockstar Customz, an off-road fabrication shop to fuel their passion for playing in the dunes.
“One day a copy of Dirt Sports Magazine came in the mail,” she recollects. “The magazine had an article about an all-women’s off-road race in Barstow, California, to benefit breast cancer research. We had a Yamaha Rhino that was almost race
ready and I asked Eric if I could enter this race.” Ever competitive, Eric made a challenge of it and said
if Lacrecia could raise enough money to cover the entry fee (which was then donated to the Cedar Sinai Breast
Cancer Research Center, he would finish building the car to meet race specs.
“We had just two weeks to make it happen! Being an RN, I thought that raising money for breast cancer and off-road race were the perfect fit for me! I solicited many of our vendors
for the shop and local businesses and raised enough money to cover the entry fee with a little left over to donate to the cause.” There really wasn’t any learning curve for for the novice UTV racer, though. “Since I was not all that comfortable driving the Rhino, it was really my first time in it when we took the starting line! The seat was too far back and I couldn’t even reach the key
switch.”
Written by Lacrecia Beurrier, Editied by Robin Hartfiel, Photos by Erik Minks, Phil Kaos, Harlen Foley, RnR Photo
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