On the first Saturday of February in Sault Ste. Marie you’ll find passionate snowmobiling fans gathered to watch the annual I-500 Snowmobile Race. The 500 mile race takes place on a 1-mile track. We’ll help with the math, that’s 500 laps!
The 47th annual featured an overcast February morning. However, by mid-afternoon the snow was falling and visibility was was diminishing. Race organizers called the race after 282 laps due to the poor visibility. Brian Dick and Wes Selby took the trophy home along with $17,677.
Gabe Bunk was looking for his 4th straight title but came up a couple positions short in 3rd place. However, he did take home nearly $13,000. There’s a lot more than cash at stake. 15 teams are awarded with various trophies from memorial winners to rookies.
Next year we’ll bring a big trailer, some tailgating gear, and grill a few steaks. If we handed out a prize, it would be for the best tailgaters. We’ll be on the lookout in 2016.
Oh, and one more (nerdy) thing. With a reminiscent sound and traveling about the same speed, the racing snowmobiles provided many flashbacks to the speeder bikes in Return of the Jedi. Replace the orange helmets with white ones and they almost look like Stormtroopers.
2015 Race Results
|1||**\#15**||Dick/Selby||Christian Bros||Arctic Cat|
|2||**\#21**||Dewald/Lian/Miaskoch||Cadarette Collision||Arctic Cat|
|5||**\# 32**||Young/Ball/Vermeersch||Piche Performance||Polaris|
|7||**\#14**||Davidson/Gentz/Kolbus||Beard Motorsports/Gentz Racing|
|8||**\#52**||Simmons/Herfindahl||Christian Bros.||Arctic Cat|
Our favorite part, however, is the kids Mini-5 race. Something about these little kids wearing big helmets is pretty adorable. And they have no fear!
And this is how you qualify…