Dan Ebert Leads Team Arctic Domination of I-500

Overall Pro Win and 11 of 13 Class Victories

Faster Pro Stock time than Polaris Pro Open time

Photo courtesy of John Sandberg

In what many considered the toughest I-500 cross-country race in more than a decade, Team Arctic’s Dan Ebert combined solid preparation, raw speed and a dash of good luck to score the biggest win of his career. Ebert’s overall victory capped an emotional and wildly successful USCC I-500 for Team Arctic that included 11 of 13 class wins.

“This was the most brutal I-500 that I can remember, that simply to finish is a victory in itself,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “For Dan to win it in his second attempt is outstanding, as was the complete domination of Arctic Cat in all but two of the classes.”

Never further back than fourth overall after the first of three legs, Ebert raced in his typical style: fast, consistent and cool-headed. When his Team Arctic teammate D.J. Ekre suffered a breakdown while leading on the third leg, Ebert took the lead and never looked back. Ryan Huston showed speed and resilience by taking third, with Cody Kallock, Chad Lian, Arne Rantanen and Brian Dick adding to Team Arctic’s lion-share of the top-10.

The debut of the Sno Pro 500 in the event proved better than even the most optimistic expectations. In the Expert 85 class, Trevor John led an Arctic Cat sweep of the top-12, while Marty Feil led the top-nine finishers in Trophy 85 and Jeff Gruhlke leading the top-4 in Expert 85 Improved.

Other notable performances included Jolene Bute’s fifth career win in the Women’s class, and Cole Nymann’s rise to win the Semi Pro 600 class. With intent to better understand and improve the future of Arctic Cat production machines, Vice President of Engineering, Roger Skime, raced a Sno Pro 500 to fourth place in the Legends 50-Plus class while Arctic Cat Product Manager Joey Hallstrom finished fifth in the Expert 85 class aboard his Sno Pro 500.

“We’re proud of the wins, but we’re equally proud of the young and first-time racers who competed in the I-500,” said Kloety. “Combining what we learn about building better snowmobiles with what they learn about racing for 500 miles will produce future I-500 champions.”

The next race in the United States Cross-Country circuit is the Red Lake 200, Jan. 30-31, in Red Lake, Minn. Go to for more information.



  1. Rusty Cutcher
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 6:56 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I went to former employer in Michigan Saturday Jan 30, 2010 and have decided to purchase one of these awesome race sleds,,

    To see Roger out there kicking *ss makes me so darn proud to Bleed Arctic Cat Green

    Great Job Cat!!!


  2. cal
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 11:50 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Terrain domanation out of a little kitty cat like that would ever happen! get a little bigger engine in that tiny slow 500 you guys have out! Try the polaris rush Now that the only tarrain domanating sled iv ever rode! plus its twice the sled as the tippie snopro! bye

  3. cal
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 11:58 PM | Permalink | Reply

    anyways why dosent arctic-scrap say something els everyone here at polaris industries can tell they are scared of us! but i guess you dont have enough technoligy to come up with a diffrant saying than polaris! and you say your big 800 this year is so fast but guess what iv already beat two of them one was a crossfire and a f chassis. THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU TRY TO LOOK BIG ARCICAT! But no matter what polaris is still on the top of the food chain!!!! Polaris The Way OUT!!!!!!

  4. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, looks like someones bubble got shattered

    so cal, how are you enjoying your adult sized “sno-scoot” replica


  5. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 8:19 AM | Permalink | Reply

    maybe you’d better go crawl back into mommy and experience rebirth, you may become smarter after that

  6. cal
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM | Permalink | Reply

    sounds good to me then i dont have to listen to u! and yes it is the life size sno scoot and it also still rides a million times better than any sled arctic cat has out and will ever have out trust me my brother has a shity 2010 articat crossfire 800 and it handles and rides like shit! and that is why he is getting rid of it and getting a 800 rush next year! maby u better wake up and smell the trail that arctic cat is following cuz it smells like s***! POLARIS THE WAY OUT!!!

  7. cal
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM | Permalink | Reply

    and if the snow scoot is the replica of the game changing POLARIS RUSH than its a hell of allot better than most of the sleds that all of the snowmobieling manufactures hAVE OUT!

  8. cal
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 11:51 PM | Permalink | Reply

    so lets see someone that can brag about a snowmobiel that arctic cat has come out with and that they are proud of!!!!!

  9. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Lol, suckered you into a wits match eh cal?

    Now that YOU have admitted that your “brother” is also stupid enough to own a POS Poo as well, that just solidifies the FACT that you BOTH have your heads so far up your asses that you are in desperate need of oxygen to clear the cobwebs from both narrow minds

    Guess you’d better “RUSH” right out and tell the world that U are too stupid to see where Poo is f$#k*^g everyone of their LOYAL DUMBASS FOLLOWERS and laughing all the way to the bank,,, Lol (I know this to be true), I had pleasure of watching them cancel out extended 2-yr wty after 2-wty their DUMBASSED guinea pigs paid X-TRA for, only to go thru it time and time again,, talk about a bunch of suckers!! LMMFAO!!

    When you can post common sense technical data to support WHY the Pro Racers from Poo aren’t exactly “RUSH”ing out and riding them to win after win (like the Cat riders are doing on theirs btw,,), then maybe your post’s MAY have MERIT

    Until then,, have a nice day,,,, SUCKER!!!

  10. cal
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM | Permalink | Reply

    GOD how gay. that is just like saying why arnt the pro snowcrossers from cat raceing a f series sled, think about it dumb f***!!!!!! and the only sucker is u becouse u are probly rideing a arctic cat and missing out on what it feels like to ride a REAL snowmobile from the makers of POLARIS .And my brother has a F***ing arctic cat now and he HATES it!!!!!!!! thats y HE IS SNOW CHECKING THE 800 POLARIS RUSH NEXT YEAR becouse when he rode the 600 rush that we have it handeled and rode twice as good! and polaris had a the rr race sled that you could buy for trail rideing like 4 years ago and now skidoo and articat has one out of coarse copie polaris just like always! how cant u admit that your just scared of polaris and they will alway be plenty of steps infront of articat! and by the way WTF is up with the poo thing? thats is gayest thing iv ever heard come up with something better!!!!! its not that i dont mind articat i like them becouse we had 2009 cats last year and now we switched to polaris! so i rode both and i know what sled i like better and so dose my family of 6! and it will be POLARIS from 2010 untill they quit makeing sleds! POLARIS THE WAY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. cal
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 10:44 PM | Permalink | Reply

    and its only $750 too get the extended warenty! and its bumper to bumper! so….. its allot better deal than cats becouse last year when we got our 2009 cats it was 1500 to get the extended and after my boy broke his front shock they would not cover it becouse they came up with a lame ass excuse that it was not the machines falt! and we had a 2008 f6 snopro and the engine scored both pistons when it only had 500 miles on it
    ! we never had a problem with polaris yet and we already have about 1000 miles on each one of them but we only have four sleds now cuz my oldest daughter is in colledge and my oldest boy is on his own but that the one who learned his lesson about articat! and so did we with the broke shock and the scored pistons! POLARIS THE WAY OUT!!!!

  12. cal
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM | Permalink | Reply

    im done argueing cuz ur the kind of guy who is scared to even try somthing new and thats how i was but now im dam proud of my self for getting the RUSH, dragon 800, and two 600 shifts. becouse iv never ben happier with snowmobiels in my life!!!!!! so bye john and just try something diffrant once in ur life it might be bettter than what you already own!!!!!! POLARIS THE WAY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  13. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 3:48 AM | Permalink | Reply

    And to hear those polaris service reps from roseau minn sit and laugh about how they were in essence screwing their beloved douche bag followers,, kind of reminded me of listening to the scam artists from the P&G power scams out west talk back and forth between taped conversations in early to mid-’03, Lol

    And think about it, you and all the poo-poo pooches haven’t got a dog big enough to run with the big dogs, Lol
    Never have, never will!
    Remember the fusion? close to the biggest POS ever to hit snow (second only to the 4-joke yamapuppies)

    never seen such a suck ass company with such twisted ideas on how to bend over their loyal followers!! Makes me wonder why more of there “followers” haven’t commited suicide,, guess it just goes to show HOW BLEEPING STUPID AND BLIND SOME TERMINOLOGY THAT A STUPID COMPANY PUTS OUT THERE CAN MAKE A DUMBASS EVEN DUMBER ENOUGH TO FOLLOW SUCH NUTLESS COMPANIES FOR!!!

    “The way out”,,,,,, gotta’ remind you of one thing dumbass,,, You gotta’ find a way back in,, cause your POS is surely destined to fail!
    Have fun when your sno-scoots rear end drops out on ya’,,,,, Lol, and the shock gets shoved up your asshole! ROFLMAO

    O.K.,, now it’s time for you to follow the lemmings!,,,,,,, Ready?,,, set,,,,,, CHAAAAAAAAARGE!!


  14. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 3:54 AM | Permalink | Reply

    OH! BTW,, FORGOT TO TELL YOU,,,,,,have a nice day DOUCHE BAG!! you’re gonna’ need to enjoy it while you can,,, cause the boyz in roseau are just waiting to pounce on poor un-suspecting (read as: DUMB ASSED) SUCKWADS THAT FALL VICTIM TO THEIR HYPE!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  15. cal
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I will have a good day! and ebry thing you say sounds really gay! i hope people look at this and see how u look!!! FAGGET

  16. cal
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM | Permalink | Reply

    and whats up with the smiley faces r u gay?

  17. cal
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM | Permalink | Reply

    and the fuision had a shity 900 engine but the chassis was alright. but they r gay over all selds! dude im a articat fan too like i said i tried somthing diffrant and it was a polaris rush and it was honestly twice the sled as the f chassis!!! no lie!

  18. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 7:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

    You just have to remember cal,,,, we ain’t talking ’bout the F-chassis,,, i’m full on supporting the 2010 500 Sno Pro,, just the same as the guy at the top was

    YOU opened your mouth and inserted foot, then proceeded to close your mouth, not him nor I,,, YOU!!!!!

    I spoke of past experiences that IMHO should never been allowed to happen,, but noooooo, polaris choses to do that yr in and yr out!

    I also have the experience of being a cat technician, they’ve gone leaps and bounds above what their duties were to cover things for folks that IMHO shouldn’t even be allowed near a sled, let alone own/ride one,,, trust me,, their wty dept only gives up after someone threatens to bring a lawsuit,, then they throw in the towel

    BTDT,, John

  19. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 7:06 PM | Permalink | Reply

    And one other thing,,,, why you now saying you’re a cat fan?

    Sounds like you;ve already given up,,,,,,,

    Like the boyz in roseau, mn

    Maybe you’re scared of what Cat has to offer, no?

    Ride a 500 SnoPro, their times in the I-500 SMOKED the Poo open sleds!!!
    🙂 <<< victory smile


  20. cal
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 1:41 AM | Permalink | Reply

    DUDE I DONT RIDE A F***ING 80 hp 500! iv ben a god dam cat fan my whole life but polaris is on top now u dick head bud ur brain is just two f***in dumb to relize! and it must suck two work on cats all day trying to get all the gayness out of the new sleds that they manufacture! u just wait we here at polaris industries have something vary vary radical comeing out next year to be even farther ahead than we already are!!!!!! u scared no? POLARIS THE WAY OUT

    • sledinkev
      Posted February 21, 2010 at 6:02 AM | Permalink | Reply

      Man, Cal- Judging by your spelling you have the equivalent of a fifth grade education. Anyone that has to result to profanity, and inability to spell, simply tells the world one thing…..You lack intelligence! Which is why you would by a Polaris over a Cat. Seems pretty simple to me….

      • John Ethelweisner
        Posted February 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM | Permalink

        Thank you, that was very intelligent post sledinkev

    • uscc
      Posted February 22, 2010 at 1:59 PM | Permalink | Reply

      we have one of those rush’s on our circuit…. stop by and check out it out… it no longer has running boards

      • John Ethelweisner
        Posted February 23, 2010 at 5:50 AM | Permalink

        uscc,, just wondering,, WHY DOES IT NO LONGER HAVE RUNNING BOARDS!!
        Thank you in advance

  21. Matt
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 9:24 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Man Cal polaris is sit you should knoow that cause you ride one. I hope that rear shock that looks retard goes straight up your ass.

  22. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM | Permalink | Reply

    cal,, keep dreaming son,, remember, you need to find a way IN!!!

    Way to go Matt! LMFAO!

    I’ll bet it does,, and real soon too! cal will love the DEEP WARM feeling of PENETRATION with ribbed texture as it glides rapidly into his other noise hole,,, Lol

    Like i’ve posted, i’ve worked for both co’s,, and Cat BY FAR is the superior company to deal with if any issues arise,, polaris only pisses on their guinea pigs as they please, laughing all the way to the bank,, besides, the rush will soon be renamed the “Hush” as nobody will want to admit they own(ed) one b-4 !!! Lol

    P lan
    O n
    L osing
    A lotta’
    R iding
    I nvoluntarily
    S oon!

    That’s my view of POLARIS

  23. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM | Permalink | Reply

    P ull
    O ver
    L oser
    A nother
    R ace
    I s
    S tarting

  24. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM | Permalink | Reply

    P lan
    O n
    L earning
    A bout
    R epairing
    I nferior
    S nowmobiles

  25. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 11:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

    And remember cal

    SP500’s smoked the OPEN POLARIS TIMES!!

    (didn’t want you to forget) 🙂

  26. John Ethelweisner
    Posted February 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM | Permalink | Reply

    P ull
    O ff
    L ake
    A nd
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  27. Posted February 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Hello! I love snowmobile and I have 14 years, but I want to race ? Where I can’t go?
    It’s my dream to do competitions … with others kids! Tank you .

  28. Posted March 19, 2010 at 9:15 PM | Permalink | Reply


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