Minto, ND – The United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association (USCC) has signed the National Guard as its title sponsor for the 2010-2011 race season. The USCC circuit will be known as “The USCC National Guard Cross-Country Snowmobile Championship.”

“We are excited to partner with The National Guard for the 2010-2011 snowmobileracing season,” said USCC Sponsorship Director Noel Schanilec. “This partnership willhelp continue the remarkable momentum the USCC has kept for almost a decade and willput the National Guard name in front of millions of snowmobile racing enthusiasts.”

The oldest of the United States’ Armed Forces, the National Guard has stood ready to protect the country for nearly 374 years and operates in all 50 states, three territories(Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia.

“The National Guard is a great fit for the USCC,” said USCC President Pat Mach. “The National Guard and cross-country snowmobile racing are both about tradition and about ordinary people expressing passion for something they believe in. All of us at the USCC are happy to be working with the National Guard this season.”

In conjunction with the National Guard sponsorship the USCC has announced a National Guard class at select USCC and USCC East events where Guard members can come and experience cross-country snowmobile racing firsthand.

“Like cross-country racing, the National Guard is made up of average, everyday people – they are our friends and neighbors,” said Schanilec. “The National Guard class is our salute to them.” With the title sponsorship, the USCC joins other prestigious National Guard-sponsored racers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, Dan Wheldon on the IRL circuit and AMA Superbike racer Jake Zemke. For more information on National Guard visit www.nationalguard.com; for more information on National Guard racing visit www.nationalguard.com/events/guard-racing.

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