Will provide live “Weatherman” event coverage, appear at AZWest UTV Festival and race start-finish line
PCI Race Radios will return to the 2021 UTV World Championship presented by Polaris RZR with full radio communications from this year’s race, UTV World Championship officials announced today. As in 2020, PCI’s Scott “Weatherman” Steinberger and Ralph “WeatherMex” Barrera will lead race day communications at the world’s largest UTV race, with fans able to listen in online via Mixlr. In addition, PCI’s full service rig will appear both at the AZ West UTV Festival in downtown Lake Havasu and on site at the start-finish line during the race action.
“Top-notch communications are one of the most essential parts of any desert race, whether you’re part of the event itself or just looking to follow along with the action,” said UTV World Championship CEO Matt Martelli. “For nearly half a century, PCI Race Radios has set the standard for radio communications at races like the Mint 400, and adding them to last year’s UTV World Championship was a game changer. We’re excited to welcome them back once again for 2021 for all of our communication needs!”
PCI began in 1972 when Bob Steinberger put communications in the vehicles of Bill Stroppe, Joe MacPherson and Walker Evans. At the 1974 Mint 400, he sent up three weather balloons with five hundred feet of coax attached and the first successful radio relay from a pit was made. It is believed that it was Joe MacPherson, who couldn’t remember his name, dubbed him “Weatherman” on the radio. The rest is history and Bob’s iconic status has been reached through nearly half a century of work with the communications company he founded, PCI Race Radios.
Bob passed away in 2017, handing over the torch to his son Scott Steinberger, who is still known as the Weatherman today providing radio relay to SCORE racers in Baja. Scott’s racing experience, combined with decades of engineering its products, allows PCI to develop and support products the competition only dreams about. PCI prides itself on a dedicated staff of Off-Road enthusiasts that eat, sleep, live and breathe the sport.
The UTV World Championship presented by Polaris takes place on October 13-17 in Lake Havasu City, AZ. For up-to-date information on the event, visit utvworldchampionship.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @utvworldchampionship. For more information on PCI Race Radios, visit www.pciraceradios.com.