Jarod Vanderkooi to Ride Indian FTR750 in Place of Injured Baker at AFT Final
Vanderkooi Joins the 2017 American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees, Wrecking Crew Rider Bryan Smith & Privateer Johnny Lewis Aboard the Scout FTR750
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.