Best in the Desert
Pro SxS / UTV
Driver / Owner: Bill Zemak
Owner/ Driver: Bill Zemak
Co-Driver/ Builder: Alex Reed (CT Race Worx)
Team manager: Ricky Priory
Logistics/ Fuel man: Bart Wagner
Bill Zemak is a father of 2 children (Bella 13 and Tony 11) and 16 years married to Alexandra. Owner of The Forklift Pro, Inc in Pineville, NC. Bill has been involved with off road racing since 1984 when he started racing around on his homemade Briggs and Stratton 3hp minibike.
In the late 80’s and into the 90’s Bill was growing his ranking racing the OPEN Pro, OPEN Pro-Am, and 250 PRO ATV classes.
In the mid 90’s Bill continued on ATV’s and switched to the early 4 stroke quads and quickly took a liking to the renewed power of the 4 stroke.
While continuing to grow businesses, getting married, and starting a family, Bill took a break from competitive racing throughout the early 2000’s.
For fun, in 2004 he purchased his first ever Side by Side made by Yamaha while being laughed at by his fellow riding buddies and quickly learned there was an opportunity to race again.
In 2009, with the help (and co-driving) of Alex Reed from CT Race Worx, Bill entered his first GNCC race bone stock Kawasaki Teryx and WON the race!
Throughout the years that followed, many, many SXS’s were raced from all brands.
It was early 2015, when things started to line up to fulfill the life-long dream to race in the desert. While having zero desert racing experience or casual desert riding experience, for that matter, Bill decided to have CT Race Worx build a Can Am Maverick Turbo to race the 2015 Vegas to Reno Best In the Desert race. The longest off road race in America!
While the finish of that race was not what was planned, the desert dust struck a nerve and hooked Bill Zemak and the rest of the team.
The growth and synergy the team has experienced since that first race over 1 year ago has been instrumental in the success of the team with 1 top 5 finish, 1 top 10 finish, and 2 top 15 finishes. All the while, not having ANY testing time in the desert to check our build quality.
Team support: Anny Reed
Pitman: Luc Lemieux
Pitman: Michael Greene
In October of 2016, Zemak Motorsports signed a 2 year factory support agreement from Polaris Industries to race the Best In The Desert series for Polaris in a RZR 1000 Turbo in 2017 for all 7 of the BITD UTV points events.
Also, in October of 2017, Zemak Motorsports agreed to a deal with TR Beadlock Wheels to run their new UTV racing wheels for the 2017 season.
The build of the new Polaris RZR XP 1000 Turbo car is underway and we look forward to unveiling the first edition of the car at the January GMZ UTV Winternational race in Parker, AZ.
Zemak Motorsports will continue to look for relationships from vendors and sponsors for the 2017 season.
The Zemak Motorsports team has demonstrated the highest level of dedication throughout the 2016 season and will continue at a higher level moving into 2017. As the team who travels the most miles per race to attend and participate (over 5,000 road miles driven per race) in the BITD series, ZMS will log over 40,000 road miles and over 170,000 airline miles.
Throughout this travel, the sponsor will have their logo well represented on the trucks and trailer while traveling through the country to attend the races. With proper coordination, and when feasible, race car appearances are an option and available to the sponsor’s location.
The sponsors’ representation trackside, on the race car itself, on all the team apparel, handouts, social media postings, photo sessions, will be in focus by the ZMS team members through their professionalism, fun-natured, organized, and approachable mannerisms.
Zemak Motorsports is seeking financial contributions from sponsors to help absorb the team operating expenses. The current budget for 2017 is $380,000 to run the team for the whole race season.
If the sponsor chooses to offer their goods to the ZMS team, the goods will need to have a portion of them used as demonstrations for media, but the other portion will need to be sold to help cash flow for budgeting.
The financial support will help to build a more confident team (not always worrying about parts expenses and breakage), allow for more testing time (in the actual desert), and build our image as a team and a competitive force in the UTV racing community.
2016 BITD series (In-class finishes):
- Parker 250: DNF part failure
- UTV WC: 7th
- Mint 400: 13th
- Laughlin DC: 4th
- Vegas to Reno: 11th
- 3 Podium finishes in UTV production class 750CC
- Numerous podium finishes in NC ATV 4 stroke series local NC races
1992 - 1995
- Numerous regional ATV Pro Open/ and 250CC podium finishes (Northeast, mid-atlantic, and TX/ OK series)
Ranked top 10 Open Pro National ATV racer