At the Sno Baron’s Hay Days grass drags in North Branch, Minn., Team Arctic drag racers put on a veritable clinic of straightline supremacy, with 12 different racers combining to score 18 class wins. Continue reading
At the Sno Baron’s Hay Days grass drags in North Branch, Minn., Team Arctic drag racers put on a veritable clinic of straightline supremacy, with 12 different racers combining to score 18 class wins. Continue reading →
If there ever was a doubt as to which manufacturer has the World’s Fastest Snowmobiles, Arctic Cat proved it on the race track. The majority of all class finals paired Cat against Cat across four lanes of the track.
Team Arctic drag race coordinator, Al Shimpa said, “Team Arctic racers definitely gave Cat fans something to brag about this weekend. We blew by the competition like they were standing still. It was the text book definition of domination and something we are truly proud of!”
One of the most exciting class finals took place in Stock 1000 when four 2013 ProCross XF800s crossed the finish line so close, that the results had to be decided via the timing light system. After examination, a first place tie resulted between Matt Lemire and Jeff Marks. Shimpa said, “Winners are crowned as a result of adding together their Reaction Time and their Elapsed Time (RT+ET=Result). A tie for first place rarely happens; this was truly spectacular!”
New Stock Sled World Speed Record
Twenty-one class wins at the largest grass drag race in history… a new 141mph world speed record with a stock sled on asphalt… and news that Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert will compete in the entire ISOC national snocross circuit this season! Yep, it was an ugly weekend for any brand other than Arctic Cat.
The 21 class wins at the 44th Annual Sno Baron’s Haydays Grass Drags was a repeat of what’s happened at other grass drags this season, namely that Arctic Cat owns the big stock classes. Between Glenn Hall, Ron Gilland, Scott Moser and Denny Mousseau, Arctic Cat’s CFR 800 claimed four Stock and Improved Stock victories, adding to their World’s Fastest Snowmobile legend.
“We were looking forward to seeing what the competition was capable of with their new 800-class sleds,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Seeing the claims they made in their advertising, we expected more of a fight. But at the end of the day, the 162-hp Arctic Cat CFR 800 H.O. is absolutely the best in its class.”
While the World’s Fastest were cleaning up at Haydays, Team Arctic’s Billy Howard set yet another World’s Fastest Snowmobile speed record on asphalt, this time at Empire Dragway in Leicester, N.Y.
Aboard a stock, race-prepped Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo equipped with an asphalt drag track, boosted turbocharger and tweaks to the clutching, Howard ripped through the quarter-mile with a 140.91 mph/8.863-second elapsed time, setting a new world record for a stock snowmobile.
“When it comes to top speed for a stock sled, nothing comes close to the Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Drag Racing Coordinator. “Billy Howard topped 140 mph in the quarter-mile on his, with an elapsed time that’s quicker than what it took to read this sentence.
“That’s with a stock motor, stock suspensions, stock hood, stock clutches… pretty much stock everything except the boost pressure and the asphalt-only track. There is no other stock snowmobile that can touch these numbers.”
Arctic Cat congratulates all the hard work and great effort of all Team Arctic racers.
A Winning Tradition in Every Arena throughout North America
Photo Courtesy of John Sandberg
With the winter 2009-2010 snowmobile race season set to begin in just three weeks, another legendary crew of Team Arctic racers is poised to pounce upon the podiums available in snocross, cross-country, hill climb, drag racing and more.
“I look at the combined experience of our teams and racers, the improvements we’ve made to our race sleds, the support of our sponsors and the new racers we’ve brought in, and I’m convinced Team Arctic will be as potent in 2010 as it was in 2009,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety.
While the national-level races remain a high-priority for Team Arctic in 2010, Arctic Cat understands that its regional racers are the back-bone of the program, and their success is equally important for the team.
“Look at our list of racers, and not just the headline-winners,” said Kloety. “Across all disciplines and geographic areas, these racers and teams carry the passion of this company through their dedication, sportsmanship and, ultimately, their success. Their efforts are appreciated by everyone in the Arctic Cat family.”
Snocross: New and Familiar Names
The Team Arctic Snocross program includes the most successful core of racers from last year, but with a few twists that will bolster their overall performance.
Tucker Hibbert – defending X Games champion and undefeated in the four ISOC Nationals that he raced last season – is back on the Monster Energy Arctic Cat, with a six-race schedule focused on the first half of the season.
The Arctic Cat Factory Team will consist of neo-Pro Dan Ebert, who scored multiple Semi-Pro wins last year; Cody Thomsen, who won the Sport Super Stock championship last season and is now in Semi Pro; and new-to-the-team Kyle Pallin (Semi-Pro), whose speed and success will complement the crew that’s headed by crew chief Russ Ebert.
The Christian Bros. Racing (CBR) team returns with an even more potent cadre of racers. New additions to CBR include Ryan Simons (who won in both ISOC and USCC in 2009), Cory Davis (ISOC Semi-Pro Stock Champion and USCC Pro winner) and Zach Pattyn. They join last year’s Pro Open Championship challenger Garth Kauffman; Pro Women’s Champion Carly Davis; Semi-Pro stalwart Logan Christian; and Pro Vet Karl Christian.
Along with the Sportech Racing team (which now hosts Pro racer Paul Bauerly) and the strong contingent of racers and teams listed below, Team Arctic’s snocross program combines strong experience, talent and both National/Regional focus.
Sticker Dude Racing
Peer Pressure Racing
Cross-Country: Comprehensive Support at all Levels
As the only factory supporting all classes and areas of cross-country racing, Team Arctic remains the most formidable force in terrain competition throughout North America.
In the USCC circuit, defending Pro Open champion D.J. Ekre and teammate Brian Dick will fly the Christian Bros. Racing banner, aiming for individual race wins and the I-500 in particular.
Joining them will be Team Green racers in the Pro, Semi-Pro, Pro Women and 85-hp classes, the latter of which will prove the effectiveness and competitiveness of the new Sno Pro 500.
In Alaska’s famed Iron Dog cross-country, former champions Scott Davis/Todd Palin, Brad Helwig/Eric Quam and Andy George/Trey West are focused on returning Team Arctic to the top, where a win would mark 11 victories out of 26 editions of this famed event.
Arne Rantanen JR
Hillclimb: The Kings Remain the Same
With 15 World Championships, 15 King titles and 78 first place finishes in 2009, Team Arctic hillclimb racers approach the 2010 season as the undisputed kings of the mountain.
Names like Tapio, Zollinger, McClure, Tupper, Buckallew, Frisby, Free, Keller and Archibald have dominated the RMSHA mountain circuit aboard M Series snowmobiles, and their return for 2010 will maintain that momentum.
Tony & Jan Ottobre
Russell & Christy Frisby
Derek, KC & Kyler Stone
Jonathan & Dusty Hancy
Drag, Oval, Enduro and Watercross
Throughout the history of snowmobile racing, Team Arctic has supported all forms of competition, and its focus for 2010 is to continue its winning tradition.
The drag racing program has proven unbeatable during the grass season thanks to the team’s hard work and dedication, as well as the potent mix of CFR 800, CFR 1000 and F Series snowmobiles.
In oval and enduro competition, Team Arctic comes to the track supporting a mix of teams that blend decades of experience with youthful focus. Names like three-time Eagle River World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid and endure mainstays Team Highland Racing will lead the charge in these legendary race venues.
Team Highland Racing
Team Arctic’s Dedicated Sponsors
Team Arctic’s success on and off the track is made possible in part because of the strong, loyal support of its sponsors, each of whom shares the same passion as our racers and Arctic Cat.
For 2010, Team Arctic is grateful to announce the return of these great sponsors: Camoplast tracks, APV Synthetic Oil, Fox Racing Shox, Speedwerx, Renton Coil Springs (RCS), Moto Tassinari/VForce3, TEAM, Figgins Transport, Mitsuboshi drive belts, Stud Boy traction, C&A Ultra Pro skis, Smith Optics, Action Graphics and Sportech.
Worlds Fastest Snowmobile Update
Weekend after weekend, D&D pilot, Scott Moser proves that his CFR800 is definitely the Worlds Fastest 800 in grass drag racing.
Moser of Lowville, N.Y., once again beat up on the competition with wins in both the Stock 700 (F7) and Stock 800 (CFR) classes at the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association Grass Drags & Water Cross in Fremont, NH.
As well, Team Arctic racer, Bernard Rodrique took first place, aboard another one of the World’s Fastest Snowmobiles, a Stock Crossfire 1000.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our racers and the 160-unmatched horsepower of the new 800HO engine. Line ‘em up and knock ‘em down has never been truer,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.
Team Arctic Epping, NH Results
1st 700 Stock F7 Scott Moser
1st 800 Stock CFR 800 Scott Moser
1st Open Stock Stock 1000 CrossFire Bernard Rodrique
Worlds Fastest Snowmobile Update
Weekend after weekend, Team Arctic racers are proving they are the ones to beat when piloting the World’s Fastest Stock Snowmobiles.
Instead of shredding grass, Team Arctic speed aces turned their attention to the Martin, Michigan Speedway to burn rubber on the asphalt. Piloting a stock 2010 Z1 Turbo, Team Howard’s, Jeff Jaquish from Racine,Wi., shattered Glen Hall’s previous 2009 Z1 Turbo record of 137.99mph and a 9.395 E.T. with a 142mph pass and a 9.006 E.T. in the ¼ mile.
Team owner Billy Howard said of the record, “We were hoping for the first 8 second pass, but this record really gets me excited for the speed of these stock Z1 Turbos. Just like Glen Hall’s Z1 Turbo last year, ours had the stock skid, stock motor and stock turbo. We can both honestly say that Arctic Cat does make the World’s Fastest Snowmobiles!”
Worlds Fastest Snowmobile Update
For the second weekend in a row Arctic Cat’s new CFR 800 showed that it’s dominate 800 class wins at Haydays were no fluke.
Piloting 2010 CFR 800s, Team Arctic’s Glenn Hall of Gordon, Wis., and Scott Moser of Lowville, N.Y., smoked the competition with wins in both the Stock 800 and Stock 1000 classes at the Ohio, NY SnowBash.
As well, Team Arctic’s Ron Gilland competed at the NSDRA grass drag in Jesup, Iowa and won both the 1000 stock class and Top Stock Shoot Out aboard a CFR 800 and took second in 800 Stock. Kelly Schilts was close behind on his CFR placing second in Top Stock.
“The 2010 CFR800 is proving itself weekend after weekend as one of the World’s Fastest Snowmobiles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Consumers should be confident this sled will live up to its 160hp claim.”
Team Arctic Ohio, NY Results
1st 800 Stock – 2010 CFR 800 – Scott Moser
1st 1000 Stock – 2010 CFR 800 – Scott Moser
2nd 1000 Stock – 2010 CFR 800 – Glenn Hall
1st 1000 ProStock – CFR 1000 – Scott Moser
1st 700 Stock – F7 – Glenn Hall
1st 700 Improved – F7
Team Arctic Jesup, IA Results
1st 1000 Stock – 2010 CFR 800 – Ron Gilland
1st Top Stock Shootout – 2010 CFR 800 – Ron Gilland
2nd Top Stock Shootout – 2010 CFR 800 – Kelly Schilts
1st 800 Stock – Jade Gilland
2nd 800 Stock – 2010 CFR 800 – Ron Gilland