Elk River, Minnesota (January 7, 2013) – Racing has the capacity to span nearly every emotion in matter of seconds or in the case of Carlson Motorsports, a few short weeks. After a breakout podium performance on the challenging ski-hill course in Michigan by Andrew Carlson, the team faced adversity on the postage stamp sized track in Shakopee, Minnesota. With both Pro riders failing to make the main event due to tough luck and a questionable officiating call, the professionalism and determination of the team never faltered.
Evidence of this came mid-way through the weekend, when National Sport rider Ryan Springer, who was first introduced to the Carlson Motorsports team while racing at the team’s ERX Motor Park snocross facility last winter, was in jeopardy of missing the next round due to mechanical issues.
“Ryan is a great kid,” said team owner Chris Carlson. “He’s a gifted rider and more importantly he’s impressive both on and off the track. He was in need of help and our guys jumped in and got his sled ready for the next round.”
The effort paid off for both Carlson Motorsports and Springer, who found himself with a third place podium finish in Saturday’s Sport final. True to his colors, Ryan was gracious during his podium interview, giving many thanks to the Carlson team and their mechanics, which allowed him to make the final and ultimately the podium.
“We had an opportunity to spend some time with Ryan and his family and he’s a great fit with our team. We’re excited to be helping him out and I’m confident that we’ll see him on the box again in the sport class. I’m not sure how many of the remaining national events he’ll be at, but Fargo and Geneva for sure.”
As for Pro-Open athlete Johan Lidman and Pro-Lite rider Andrew Carlson, the weekend failed to live up to expectations but their struggles have made both riders more determined than ever.
“Both rode extremely well, but they simply had no luck,” said Carlson. “The difference between our team and others however, is we understand nothing comes without hard work. We are determined to fight, keep pushing, and persevere.”
That fight and professional attitude is what has attracted so many sponsors to the Carlson Motorsports camp. Long time partners like Arctiva, FOX shocks, Plaskolite and Bayer Material Science along with new comers AMSOIL, Best Western, PMC High Performance Plastics, and Dragon Racing Fuels appreciate the unwavering approach of the team and the personable and high integrity personality of the athletes.
“It’s great to work with the athletes on the Carlson Motorsports Team,” said Arctiva Brand Manager Don Jensen. “They know how to conduct themselves with professionalism both on and off the track, and to have confidence in them as a brand manager is so important to us.”
With the ESPN Winter X Games on the horizon, Carlson Motorsports will resume the national tour February 1-2 and the Deadwood Snocross Shoot Out. For complete details on the national tour, broadcast times on CBS Sports Network, and live event streaming, visit www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com