Now you can experience the thrill of competing in the legendary I-500, but at a fraction of the cost and with your friends. It¹s the result of a new “Team 600” class, which joins 11 “individual” class options for the 2009 Red Lake I-500 (Jan. 16-18) at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Teams may consist of two or three members, with one person tackling each day. The team can opt to use one snowmobile for the entire event or a different sled for each day. Eligible snowmobiles must be no larger than 600cc two-stroke or 1050cc four-stroke, of any model year.
“The Team 600 class gives riders a chance to be a part of this historic race without the full affect of the physical demands that come with racing 500 miles over three days,” said Pat Mach, U.S.C.C President. “Being able to share the race expenses among two or three riders makes this a terrific opportunity for friends or families to get a team together and experience the “500” firsthand!”
The Team Class concept was tested at the 2008 I-500 when members of the snowmobile media competed as 3-person teams aboard identically prepared Arctic Cat F5s, with each member riding one of the three days.
“They all agreed that racing the I-500 as a team was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable experiences they’ve ever had,” said U.S.C.C. President, Pat Mach. “Riding as fast as they could one day, then helping out and watching their buddies the other days proved to be an awesome way to participate in this classic event.” Additional information can be found at http://www.usccracing.com/.
The United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association (USCC) is based out of Minto, ND and attracts more than 200 professional and amateur snowmobile racers to each of its events. The USCC series is North America¹s premier form of cross country snowmobile racing; it is the only racing organization that sanctions events comprised entirely of terrain cross-country races. The race courses include ditch lines, frozen lakes and deep woods trails. Its 2008-09 schedule marks the circuit¹s seventh season with races hosted in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The USCC is sanctioned by International Snowmobile Racing (ISR); ISR has been serving the racing community for more than 25 years. Please visit www.usccracing.com for more information.