The 37th I500 Race Start

The course is laid, the ditches and woods are filled with snow and the rivers are frozen solid. Racers have spent months preparing their sleds, making sure each nut and bolt is tight and engines and clutches are tuned perfectly. Everything is set for the USCC Red Lake I-500. And, this year, with record entries at each of the two preceding events, USCC is expecting the most sleds in the I-500 in almost a decade. “We’re definitely excited for the I-500 this year,” said USCC President Pat Mach. “This race is a lot of work for everyone involved but the payoff is worth it.” And, for the winner of the FXR Pro 600 class, that payoff will total $10,000 in cash presented by Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

For those not familiar with the Red Lake I-500, it is a three day race with a mandatory fuel stop each day; drivers are allowed to get fuel, oil & new goggles. No other changes can be made, other than what the driver has onboard with him on his sled. Needless to say, the race distance totals 500 miles and it is one of the most grueling snowmobile races on the planet. After the first and second day racers are allowed a one-hour maintenance period to repair and get their sleds ready for the next day. Only two people are allowed to work on the sled in the maintenance period and if the rider happens to run into trouble on the course he cannot receive assistance from anyone. It’s a race so tough and intense that simply finishing is an achievement and, for most, the ultimate goal.

Note: All Times for Day 1, Friday Jan 16th, have been pushed back an hour due to extremely cold conditions.

Follow along with the action here: http://www.usccracing.com/

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