Meet the Glendale-Based Supercross Squad: Team Solitaire

Founded by New Mexico native, Ryan Clark, in 2003, Team Solitaire Heartbeat Hot Sauce Yamaha is a big-time Supercross team that resides in our own backyard against the Goliaths and factory-supported teams of professional dirt bike racing.

Now a longtime Arizona resident and former professional dirt bike rider, Clark and fellow Co-Owner, Chris Elliott, compete full-time in the Supercross 250cc West Class with Dominique Thury and Cole Thompson. Now, the Glendale-based team takes the short drive to State Farm Stadium. With just four races left in their west coast season, one of their riders sits ninth in the points standings.

And it takes a pair of star mechanics to make the organization, and the dirt bikes, run smoothly. Joe Butas is an Arizona resident from Michigan and Eric Angelski is an Army veteran and Gilbert native who graduated from Mesquite High School.