Arctic Cat plans new snowmobile release

Arctic Cat will unveil a brand-new sled will be unveiled at its second annual Arctic Cat Hometown Tour on Jan. 24-26, 2003, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
The Tour gives Cat fanatics the chance to head “home” to ride, tour the factory and meet Cat personnel.
Lack of snow forced Cat to cancel last year.
The event opens with a Friday night ice breaker, then Saturday will feature three rides: a 50 miler for cruisers, a 100 mile ride for experienced riders and a 200 miler for the experts. After the rides are over, a banquet will take place, followed by a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.
The second annual Hometown Tour costs $55 for Cat’s Pride members ($65 for non-members), and includes the ice breaker reception, a T-shirt, cap and duffel bag, Saturday trailside cookout, evening banquet and the Sunday breakfast. For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at kjohnson@arcticcatinc.com, or 218/681-8558 ext. 5504.

A New Team For TEAM
Bagley, Minn.-based TEAM Performance Industries, had to regroup its snocross team effort after both TEAM drivers were injured at the season-opener snocross.
Kurtis Crapo is out for the season with a knee injury. Shaun Crapo homes to be back racing by mid-January. In the meantime, the team has signed Levi LaVallee, a semi-pro racer from Duluth, as its new pro. LaVallee did himself and new team proud at his first Pro race in Hill City, Minn. He took a fourth in Pro Open and a second in Pro 600. TEAM Performance Industries supplies clutches to Polaris and makes its own proprietary high-performance clutch for consumers.

Rebuilding Haydays
The drag race track at the Hayday’s location in Columbus Township, Minn., received a major makeover this fall. The race host club, the Sno-Barons, were hard at work this fall digging out the starting line and installing blue clay.
During the 2002 race, racers complained about the starting line as several deep holes emerged. The Sno-Barons excavated nearly three feet of earth from the staging lanes out to the 100-foot mark, give or take a few feet. The Barons replaced the existing soil with blue clay, which some say works the best for grass drag tracks.
According to one estimate, the Sno-Barons spent about $33,000. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Northern Illinois Drag Racing Association President Tom Brennan.

Johnson First Female In Winter X
Amanda Johnson of Coon Rapids, Minn., has been picked as the first female to compete in the snowmobile events at ESPN’s Winter X Games.
She will compete in the hillcross event in Aspen, Colo. “I’m a little nervous , but it’s a great opportunity that I can’t pass up,” she said. Johnson hasn’t set a goal for the X Games yet, but said that she hopes to promote women’s snowmobile racing. Johnson races for Ski-Doo as a part of the Blair Morgan Race Team.
Swanson Joins Snow Titles
Andy Swanson has joined Ehlert Publishing Group as an associate editor for the snowmobile titles. Swanson previously worked in the parts department of Fridley, Minn.-based Polaris/Yamaha dealer Heinen and Mason. Swanson will write for Snowmobile, Snow Week, Snow Goer and contribute to Powersports Business magazine.

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