K&N Filters Powers the UTV/ATV Racing Athletes of Zakowski Motorsports

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UTV and ATV racer Zac Zakowski working his off-road 2013 Can-am Commander 1000 through the trails
UTV and ATV racer Zac Zakowski working his off-road 2013 Can-am Commander 1000 through the trails
Whether racing over snow, rocks, logs, mud, or Georgia clay, there's no terrain that can keep Zac Zakowski and his Zakowski Motorsports (ZMS) team down. Starting off as an Iowa kid racing go-karts on asphalt, to helming an off-road 2013 Can-am Commander 1000 through the wooded trails, Zakowski has made a name for himself in the world of UTV and ATV racing.
Zakowski Motorsports' Zac Zakowski during 2013 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country (GNCC)
Zakowski Motorsports' Zac Zakowski during 2013 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country (GNCC)

Currently competing for the coveted 2013 XC-1 UTV Modified championship that resides at the end of the 2013 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, ZMS has had to face quite a few challenges and bumps along the way to get where they are. Some mechanical woes plagued their March races, and with Zakowski himself nursing a reconstructed knee, fought through the pain to salvage some championship points.

“I really had no business being on a quad this weekend but I just wanted to get back out here for my sponsors and have some fun. My goals were to get the holeshot, keep my knee in one piece, and finish on the lead lap. Luckily, I was able to accomplish them all and it felt great! I can’t wait to get out here and compete at 100% again.” Zakowski stated.

Zakowski and team came back to the podium as he piloted his nearly bone-stock Can-Am Maverick to 2nd place at the IATVHSS race in Iowa. At the John Penton GNCC Zakowski pressed his Can-Am Outlander onto the 4x4 Open podium in 3rd. The ZMS Can-Am Commander finished 7th in the XC-1 UTV Modified class, bringing up their points overall.

Racing GNCC series since he was 18, Zakowski has earned his stripes, earning multiple GNCC class podium finishes, an impressive second place finish in the 2009 Baja 1000 and riding as a Factory Can-Am rider from 2010-2011.

When it comes to keeping his Can-Ams in tiptop condition, Zakowski only trusts one air filter, stating, "We messed around with stock intakes and aftermarket air cleaners for years and got to a point where we needed something better, with more protection for the engine. I heard that K&N had a new set-up for our machines and more power output with it, so I contacted K&N and we have been happy with them ever since."

As Zakowski and team are constantly traversing through some of the roughest of conditions, particulate filtering was central to keeping them running. He explained, "I have heard every kind of mixed review on different air-cleaner products but they are all false when it comes to K&N. It is the only air-cleaner that is actually easy to clean and re-use, instead of getting stained and blocking air-flow after two uses. We have tried and used every other product out there and this is the only one I will trust on my machines."

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