Cat® equipment is known to help construct and destroy roads and buildings, but the machines also have helped create some of the most intricate and technical supercross tracks.
DIRT WURX USA uses Cat bulldozers and wheel loaders to construct dirt tracks for supercross races. Ryan Foley of Foley Cat reached out to the world's premier supercross track design and construction team to give them a behind-the-scenes look at Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria, Ill.
"Caterpillar was elated to host Rich Winkler and the DIRT WURX team at our home in Peoria, Ill.," said Caterpillar Inc.'s Chris Gustafson. "For years, Caterpillar and the Cat dealer community has enjoyed seeing and supporting the incredible talents of DIRT WURX as they build the best race tracks using our Cat equipment. The factory visit gave them an up close and personal view to how we build the Cat products they use and the tour of the new Caterpillar Visitors Center let them see many more amazing products including the 797 mining truck and the D11 track-type tractor."
The crew toured the SS Facility in East Peoria, Ill., to get a look at how the D6T through D11T track-type tractors are manufactured and had the chance to operate some of the equipment via Caterpillar's simulators. "It's hard to say what impressed me most, but I'd have to start with Cat's assembly line," said Winkler. "It's amazing. The thought that goes into every little detail, and with every worker on the line encouraged to make suggestions on how to improve efficiency, makes Caterpillar a model for the industry.
"And these aren't golf carts or Priuses they're building … but pieces of equipment that weigh 60 tons. I think sometimes we take for granted the Cat equipment we have at our disposal. So it was just incredible to see how these machines come together."