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International Series of Champions to form snow racing circuit

May 20, 2008
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The new International Series of Champions race circuit is expected to pick up where the World PowerSports Association (WPSA) dropped out, but officials want to do more than sanction snocross races, according to a May 9 SnowWeek article. The organization hopes to reduce the financial strain for racers and support snowmobiling.

According to the proposal the series submitted to snowmobile manufacturers and race teams, the circuit’s national tour will likely travel to a number sites, including Duluth, Minn., Vernon, N.Y. and Shakopee, Minn. A regional tour will run in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

WPSA sanctioned a regional circuit, too, but ISOC calls for its grassroots racing program to follow a financial “break-even” format. The regional tour will maximize cash payback to racers and minimize the cost of competition, according to the proposal. The regional tour hopes to drive up racer entries by giving riders more seat time.

To promote snowmobiling and increase sled traffic in select areas that host national events, the circuit will offer free admission to fans who ride their sled to races. The proposal says at least five national races will support the “Ride To” campaign.

Gate discounts might be extended to snowmobile club members. The circuit is working with snowmobile associations to host youth snowmobile safety certification classes in conjunction with national races.

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