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Ready to Win: Team Arctic Racers for 2011

The Top Racers and Teams in all Forms of Competition

With a powerful, refined cadre of 2011 race sleds on which they’ll ride,, a legendary crew of Team Arctic racers are primed for another victorious season of snocross, cross-country, hillclimb, oval and drag racing in 2010-2011. The stakes are high, and the winning bet is on these accomplished racers whose triumphant legacy is unmatched.

“We’ve put together what we believe is the best overall race program in the sport, comprised of the strongest racers, most experienced crews, top-level sponsors and a fleet of snowmobiles that proved to be the best last season, and that have been further improved for 2011,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “I predict another record-breaking season.”

More than any other team in the sport, Arctic Cat is committed to supporting top-tier and grassroots racers, circuits and disciplines for 2011.

“We’re pumped up to have the very elite racers in a few circuits, because they’re great representatives who win the big events,” said Kloety. “Yet we’re equally proud of our regional racers, and those who compete in some of the less-publicized forms of racing.

“Arctic Cat has always committed itself to racing success, on every level, in every form of competition and across North America. It’s in our blood, it’s who we are and it’s why we win more than our share.”

Snocross: More Championships on the Horizon

There is no denying the winning formula for the Team Arctic Snocross program which, for 2011, looks like a sure-bet for championship domination.

Perhaps the biggest news is Tucker Hibbert’s commitment to race the entire snocross season. The four-time and defending X Games champion and FIM World Snocross Champion won nine ISOC National finals last season aboard his Monster Energy Arctic Cat. He’s the hands-down favorite to add a couple high-point championships to his resume this season.

The Arctic Cat Factory Team will consist of second-year Pro Dan Ebert, who last season won the famed USCC I-500 cross-country and scored multiple podium finishes in snocross. He’ll be joined once again by Semi-Pro Cody Thomsen, who last season won several finals and finished second in points, and fellow Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin who also stood atop of the podium on multiple occasions last year. The factory team will once again be managed by Russ Ebert.

Once again, Christian Bros. Racing (CBR) will field the largest private team in the industry, and with an added emphasis on cross-country. Pro riders will include perennial podium finishers Garth Kauffman and Ryan Simons, now joined by last year’s Semi Pro points champion, Logan Christian, who has made the jump to Pro. Zach Pattyn returns again in the Pro class, as will Cory Davis when he recovers from an off-season injury. And Carly Davis will compete in the Pro Women’s class at select events.

The Sportech/Arctic Cat race team now includes Sweden’s top Pro, Johan Lidman, silver medalist in the FIM World Championships of snocross. He joins Semi-Pro Andrew Carlson for a potent combination in the top two classes.

Arctic Cat is concentrating more effort and expertise on the east coast for 2011, with Green Mountain Racing (Matt Pichner, Emil Otteson, Chris Ackerman and Cody Flach) and CMT Racing (Corin Todd, Ash Waskob and Jesse Bonaduce) carrying the Team Arctic banner.

All Terrain Cycle Racing is Team Arctic’s Canadian contingent, with Dustin Vandrie and Katejun Coonishish in the Pro class, Sean MaCauley and Shawn Elmhurst in Semi-Pro, Wakenda Peters in Pro Women, and Joe Peters in Junior.

Cross-Country: Comprehensive Support at all Levels

Last season Arctic Cat stamped their supremacy on the USCC cross-country circuit, with three different Pro class winners and complete domination of the Semi Pro and Sport classes.

Flying the Christian Bros. Racing banner will be defending Pro 600 Champion Brian Dick (who won three races last season), defending Pro Open champ D.J. Ekre, plus the entire CBR snocross crew.

Brothers MotorSports is back on green again this season, with Pro Ryan Huston, Ryan Greening in Semi Pro, and Coltan Vandeputte in the Sport 85 classes.

Joining them will be several dozen racers in all USCC classes.

Legendary Iron Dog champion Scott Davis is ready to team up with his son Cory to tackle Alaska’s famed cross-country event. They’ll be joined by Todd Palin/Eric Quam along with many other AC Teams in an attempt to notch Team Arctic’s 12th win out of 27 editions of the famed event.

Hillclimb: The Kings Remain the Same

Year-after-year, the fast, fearless crew of Team Arctic Hillclimb racers has proven all but unstoppable on the slopes of Snow King in Jackson and every venue of the RMSHA mountain circuit. Families like the Tapios, Zollingers, Tuppers, Frisbys, Archibaulds and Frees are joined by Buckallew, McClure and others for a mountain-topping tour de force aboard the highly refined M Series snowmobiles.

Drag, Oval, Enduro and Watercross

Last season Cadarette Racing’s Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger put Arctic Cat atop the Soo 500 enduro for the first time in 42 years, breaking a hex that had jinxed the win on numerous previous occasions. It was a historic moment for the team and racers, and they’re back in 2011 to defend their historic win.

In oval race, Team Arctic is represented by the always-amazing, three-time World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid, as well as the emerging and youthful powerhouse, Hoglund Racing.

Team Arctic’s drag racing program continues to highlight the indomitable power of the 800 H.O. engine and the steadfast preparation of sport’s best racers. Whether it’s setting world speed records aboard the Z1 Turbo, winning the biggest grass drag events or dominating the winter ice, names like Hall, Shilts, Howard and others remain the backbone of the team’s straight line effort.

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 2011, 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 and Sportech.

2011 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600

The World’s Best Race Snowmobile

Thief River Falls, Minn. – If there was any doubt about which racing snowmobile was the world’s best, Team Arctic racers piloting the 600 Sno Pro answered by winning the major snocross and cross country events and championships in 2010.

The Sno Pro 600 dominated Snocross as evidenced by Tucker Hibbert’s fourth-straight Gold Medal at Winter Xgames. Wanna talk World Domination? How about a clean Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 sweep at the FIM Snocross World Championship in Sweden led by Hibbert, Lidman and Davis? And what about the Soo I-500? Cadarette Racing piloted their Sno Pro 600 to the checkered flag winning the most prestigious snowmobile enduro in the world – Arctic Cats first-ever win in 42 years!

The Sno Pro 600XC did plenty of house cleaning in the Cross Country arena as well. Dan Ebert’s overall victory capped an emotional and wildly successful USCC I-500 for Team Arctic that included 11 of 13 class wins. Brian Dick’s remarkable success in USCC highlighted a season in which Team Arctic racers won 14 of 18 class championships and numerous race victories. In addition to his Pro Championship title, Dick was named USCC Racer of the Year.

Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety states, “Our wide spread success with the Sno Pro has been phenomenal based on our Team Arctic race results.  But for 2011, that’s not good enough for Team Arctic Race engineers who work day and night to develop these high-performance race sleds. They’ve painstakingly improved performance throughout the entire snowmobile by increasing durability, on-track performance and ride calibration; key factors that allow Team Arctic racers to further dominate the race track.”

For 2011 Team Arctic racers are poised to extend the winning supremacy aboard Arctic Cats latest race tuned Sno Pro 600s with the following improvements:

600 SNO PRO CHASSIS

  • Black painted aluminum tunnel with new tunnel support braces as well as upper spar assembly gussets improve durability. 5052-H32 aluminum braces increases thickness from .080” thickness to .100”.
  • Both Snocross and Cross Country fuel tanks will be clear material with black vinyl cover – Previously black on 2010 models.
  • Bodywork side panels receive textured surface and slightly relocated hood pins to improve scratch-resistance and easier attach/detach.

ENGINE AND ELECTRICAL

  • SnoCross CDI has a new program for improved holeshots based on ignition timing and exhaust valve opening per exhaust pipe temperature
  • The VIP system allows fine tuning of race set-ups from day-to-day and race-to-race via more accurate data retrieval including the new for 2011 water temperature and throttle position sensor – additionally exhaust pipe temperature, track speed, driven shaft speed and tachometer are measured. (VIP system sold separately PART # 0620-371)
  • Exhaust Manifold has a new inlet tube and the exhaust pipe temperature probe fitting is revised for increased performance and durability.
  • Engine mount material improved to provide more resistance to degradation from gas and oil.

DRIVE SYSTEM

  • Brand new Snocross track accommodates a new drive sprocket change to for the 2.86” pitch Camoplast which is 2-lbs. lighter than the 2010 track. The new lug pattern was developed for improved holeshots and is based off past Attack 20 race tracks.
  • Cross Country track will use the 1.25” 2-ply Ripsaw with 2.52” pitch.

SUSPENSION

  • Rear suspension rails have been revised. The transfer control assembly (coupling blocks) has been moved forward in the rails for aggressive transfer adjustments. Racer will feel a noticeable difference in transfer control throughout the settings.
  • Larger diameter rear idler arm wheels coincide with the coupling block relocation in order to maintain proper track tension on the higher settings to ensure quicker coupling.
  • Rear arm Fox shock compression valving was improved to provide more control in slower g-out bumps (big whoops) or long duration bumps.  The rebound valving change was improved overall, but specifically shines in high speed chatter.
  • Cross Country front arm Fox shock has been recalibrated for improved ride control through high-speed sharp bumps.

Arctic Cat reserves the right to make changes.

Team Arctic Crushes Haydays with 21 Wins!

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.

Hibbert Commits to Racing a Full SnoCross Season

The official start to winter took place this past weekend at the largest snowmobile event in the world – Haydays. In the midst of an iconic wedding ceremony held in the Arctic Cat display joining Arctic Blast Man and Mother Nature, an additional commitment was made – this time by snocross icon, Tucker Hibbert.

As the vows were being sealed, Hibbert interrupted the ceremony, walked up on stage and told the crowd of his commitment to race the entire 2010/2011 ISOC National tour aboard his SnoPro 600. Tucker said, “I have a real commitment to make – a commitment I know many of you have been waiting to hear for a long time. For the first time since the 2002/2003 season, I’m racing the full national series and will fight ‘til the end for Team Arctic to bring home the Pro Super Stock and Pro Open Championship titles.”

Arctic Cat CEO Chris Twomey stated, “Arctic Cat is happy to have Tucker racing the entire season. I’m guessing the other OEMs don’t feel that way. This commitment is something Arctic Cat has been looking forward to as well as the allegiance of Hibbert fans around the world.”

In Hibbert’s 11 years as a professional rider, he has only raced three full national seasons. Despite his past “part-time” racing schedule, he holds 55 national tour victories and four national championship titles. Hibbert raised the bar last season at the Winter X Games with his fourth-straight gold medal performance as well as winning his first-ever World title at the FIM Snocross World Championship in Mala, Sweden aboard his Sno Pro 600.

Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety stated, “It’s great to have Tucker back on the track for a full season. He’s a crowd favorite with a relentless drive to win. We expect quite a few podiums from him and his Sno Pro 600 this season.”

Team Arctic Wins 8 Classes at Beaver Mountain Hillclimb

Two King Titles and Five Class Championship Titles to Close RMSHA Season


Team Arctic hillclimbers put an exclamation point on another dominating season of RMSHA racing with an outstanding performance at Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah, taking eight class victories, two King titles and five season high point titles.

As has been the case all season, Team Arctic showed their depth at Beaver Mountain, with six different class winners that ranged from Juniors to Open Mod, from the M6 to the M8 HCR.

Les Keller put his M8 on top of the 1000 Stock class, and then went one better by taking the Stock King title ahead of the other class winners. Amy Zollinger delivered another stunning performance, winning all three Women’s classes and taking the championship title in each. And Bryant Ropelato took Semi Pro Stock win and the King title, beating all Improved and Mod class winners in the process.

“It’s great to end the hillclimb season with eight class victories and two King titles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Our racers go into the off-season confident that they have the best equipment to match their top talent and determination. And we’ll spend the next months incorporating what we’ve learned into the Team Arctic Hillclimb program to build upon its success.”

Team Arctic Wins 11 Classes at Pebble Creek

Complete Class Domination in RMSHA Hillclimb Competition

Fresh off winning 9 World Championship titles at Jackson Hole, Team Arctic hillclimbers delivered an encore performance at the RMSHA Pebble Creek race in Pocatello, Idaho, winning 11 of 22 class finals and taking the Improved King title.

Once again, the potency of the M Series line of snowmobiles proved decisive in the battle for the high country, accounting for wins in the 600, 800 and Open categories, including the all-important 800 stock class. Coupled with wins in the Junior, Semi Pro, Women’s and Pro men’s classes, it was comprehensive crushing of the competition by Team Green.

Ten different Team Arctic Racers scored wins, with Sid Archibald taking two class wins and Scott Cheeney winning both a class and the Improved King title. The Zollinger family continued their winning ways at Pebble Creek, with Nate, Tony and Amy scoring one win each.

“Our racers have worked hard all season, and it’s paid off with two dominant performances in the past two weeks,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “When we win half of the class finals and put 15 different racers on the podium, you know our racers and M Series sleds are the best in the world.”

Ten World Championship Titles for Team Arctic

World Domination in Snocross and Hillclimb

If there was any doubt about which snowmobile was the world’s best, Team Arctic snocross and hillclimb racers answered by winning a combined 10 World Championship titles and taking 29 podium positions.

At the FIM Snocross World Championship in Mala, Sweden, Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert won his first-ever World title in convincing fashion, going 1-1-2 in the round-robin format finals. Just as impressive was the history-making Team Arctic podium sweep, with Sweden’s Johan Lidman taking second and Alaska’s Cory Davis taking third.

On this side of the pond, Team Arctic hillclimbers applied their skill with the incredible climbing ability of the M Series snowmobiles to win nine classes at the Jackson Hole (Wyoming) World Championships, including two King of the Mountain titles.

Highlighting Arctic Cat’s strength in all engine categories, Team Arctic racers scored wins in the 600, 700, 800 and Open classes to once again confirm that M Series Mountain sleds are best-in-class.

“Winning 10 World Championship titles in a single weekend is a huge accomplishment for Team Arctic,” said Mike Kloety, race manager. “Sweeping the podium in Sweden put an exclamation mark on another winning season of snocross.

“Taking nine hillclimb World Championship titles across the full spectrum of classes confirms the strength of our racers and crews, the hard work of Al Shimpa our hillclimb coordinator, and the performance of our machines.”

Team Arctic Wins Four Snocross Championships

ISOC Semi Pro Championships Awarded to Thomsen and Christian at Lake Geneva

Team Arctic racers and crew put a wrap on the 2009-10 ISOC National snocross season at the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. And with it came a wrap on one class victory and four class championships, ending yet another winning season in National-level snocross.

The win came in the ultra-competitive Semi Pro Open final, where Factory Team rider Cody Thomsen held off Logan Christian for the victory, and for the season championship.

Christian wasn’t too upset, because he nailed his own Championship highpoint title in Semi Pro Stock #2 class. Both racers are headed to the Pro class next year, which leaves the door wide open for Factory Team Arctic racer Kyle Pallin to preside over the class next season. Pallin left Geneva with two second-place finishes and the runner-up spot in Semi Pro Stock #1 points, leaving little doubt about where he’ll stand next year.

Other notable performances: Class champions Britt Anderson and Les Anderson; Dan Ebert’s fourth in Pro Stock; Cory Davis’ fifth in Pro Open; Carly Davis’ second overall in Pro Women; Karl Christian’s third in Pro Plus 35; and Andrew Carlson’s second in Sport Stock.

“We had another excellent snocross season, culminating in the Semi Pro titles for Cody and Logan,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.

He added, “Looking back, we scored wins at all but one National and multiple wins at most events, confirming the dedication of our racers and teams, as well as the strength of our Sno Pro 600 race sled. This strong finish to the season will translate into winning momentum for next year.”

10 Wins and 14 Championships for Team Arctic

Cross-Country Domination in USCC; Top Finishes at ISOC Hayward Snocross


Photo Courtesy Tyler Mathwich

Team Arctic cross-country racers concluded their remarkable season at the USCC Warroad 100 in Warroad, Minn., winning 10 classes and taking 14 of 18 class championship titles to rewrite what “terrain domination” truly means.

From top-to-bottom and everywhere in between, Team Arctic racers, crew and Sno Pro race sleds left no doubt about which brand owns the rugged terrain that defines cross-country competition. The championship points tell the story:

Arctic Cat engineer/racer Brian Dick led a top-four sweep (and seven of the top-10) of the Pro 600 points, while his teammate D.J. Ekre took his second consecutive Pro Open championship. Team Arctic notched seven of the top-10 in Semi Pro 600, the top-12 positions in Expert 85, the top-25 in Sport 85 and the top-19 in Junior class points.

“I’ve had the fortune of witnessing Team Arctic dominate cross-country for nearly two decades, but I’ve never seen anything like this season,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “On behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, I’d like to congratulate everyone who raced on our team this season, with a special nod to the 14 class champions.”

As Team Arctic’s cross-country contingent crushed the competition in Warroad, the snocrossers delivered a solid performance at the ISOC Hayward 300 National in Wisconsin, notching eight podium finishes.

Team Arctic snocross racers will compete in the final round of the ISOC National Series at Nielsen Enterprises event in Lake Geneva, Wis., March 19-21. Team Arctic Hillclimb racers will compete at the Wisdom, Mont., RMSHA event.

Team Arctic Shows No Mercy at USCC Munising 300

13 Wins in 18 Classes plus Nine Podium Sweeps

In a familiar story line this season, Team Arctic racers showed no mercy at the USCC Munising 300 in Munising, Mich., thoroughly drubbing the competition with 13 class wins and nine 1-2-3 podium sweeps.

Racing with a newfound confidence from having won the previous two races, Arctic Cat engineer Brian Dick kept his streak going by taking the Pro 600 class in convincing fashion and establishing himself as the most likely candidate for the season championship. Dick’s teammate D.J. Ekre once again finished second, with these two leading a Team Arctic Sweep of the top-six finishers.

Dick led an all-out onslaught for the Christian Bros. Racing team. Taking a break from snocross, Cory Davis won the Pro Open class ahead of teammates Ekre and Dick, while Logan Christian won Semi Pro 600 and Semi Pro Improved. Not to be outdone, CBR’s Zach Pattyn won both Expert 85 classes, giving the team six victories for the weekend.

Other statistics underline Team Arctic’s utter dominance of USCC cross-country at Munising: Winning 35 of 18 classes, taking the top-eight in Expert 85, the top-nine in Sport 85 and the top-10 in Jr. 14-17.

Makes you question if the other brands even showed up? (They did, but left deflated and dejected from suffering another beating.)

“Every week in USCC cross-country, our drivers, teams and sleds prove absolutely dominant,” said Team Manager Mike Kloety. “We have a winning history in cross-country, and what’s happening this season in USCC is fueling that legend.”

This weekend also marked the conclusion of the Alaskan Irondog cross-country, and though Team Arctic didn’t win it this year, our teams took second through fourth – with Doug Dixen and Stephen Spence taking second followed by Brad Helwig and Eric Quam in third – all aboard F6 Sno Pros. Congratulations to everyone who competed in this historic venue.

This next weekend Team Arctic racers will compete in the USCC Warroad (Minn.) 200 and the ISOC National in Hayward, Wis.

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