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Vanderkooi Joins the 2017 American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees, Wrecking Crew Rider Bryan Smith & Privateer Johnny Lewis Aboard the Scout FTR750


PERRIS, CA (October 5, 2017) – Heading into the American Flat Track Finals, Indian Motorcycle Racing today announced Twins rider Jarod Vanderkooi will race Brad Baker’s backup Indian Scout FTR750. The half-mile race in Perris, Calif. will be Vanderkooi’s first time running the Scout FTR750 this season.

“Jared, Bryan and Brad have dominated for Indian Motorcycle all season,” said Vanderkooi. “As we head into the last race, I was approached with an opportunity to run the Scout FTR750, and after getting approval from RMR and our sponsors I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I wanted to experience the Scout FTR750 for myself.”


Vanderkooi will join Johnny Lewis, who will again run a stock Indian Scout FTR750. Lewis ran the off-the-showroom-floor race bike at the Lone Star Half-Mile on September 23, where he reached the podium for the first time all season.


After more than 60 years away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle, backed by Allstate Insurance, secured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship. Additionally, Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees secured his fourth career national championship after a first-place finish at the Williams Grove Half-Mile on September 9.


Aboard the Scout FTR750, the Indian Wrecking Crew has combined for 36 of the season’s 51 total podiums, including six sweeps. Mees has nine victories on the season with a total of 362 points. Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Bryan Smith (290 points) and Brad Baker (247 points) rank second and third place in the season’s standing.


For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.




Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

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