Contact: Pat Schutte
PR Director, ISOC Racing
MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 13, 2014) – When the recent ‘polar vortex’ rushed down from Canada and blanketed the United States in a deep freeze – from the Snowbelt States all the way down to Florida and northeastern Mexico, all-time records for cold temperatures were smashed, schools and businesses where shut down for multiple days, roads and railways were closed and thousands of flights were cancelled. The U.S. was pretty much frozen solid.
But as theater veteran Noel Coward once said: “The show must go on.” And thanks to AMSOIL synthetic lubricant products, the show did go on at Canterbury Raceway (Shakopee, Minn.). And this despite temperatures that forced Governor Mark Dayton to close the entire Minnesota public school system on Jan. 6th – just a couple days after AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, ran round three of its series in Shakopee.
ISOC, the producers and promoters of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, enjoys one of the more ‘symbiotic’ promoter/sponsor relationships in all of motorsports with its series’ title sponsor. For all intents and purposes the world’s premier professional snocross racing circuit is able to go racing in these ultra-frigid temperatures thanks much to the products its title sponsor produces.
“To say the least we have seen some pretty adverse conditions at the last two nationals,” said ISOC’s Assistant Race Director Jesse Strege. “Asking anything mechanical to work in sub-zero temperatures is not the norm. And with AMSOIL products in our track groomers and side-by-sides we have not skipped a beat. That is a huge testament to how well AMSOIL’s synthetic line of lubricants work.”
With the course properly built and continually groomed, racers still have to get after it on their performance sleds. Cold temperature performance is critical when dealing with today’s modern two-stroke engines. So racing is no exception. When the temps start to drop drastically and recreational riders can decide to stay in the house, AMSOIL Championship Snocross racers race regardless of the conditions. Today’s sophisticated snowmobile engines place heavy demands on the oil, extreme cold is no exception as AMSOIL’s Len Groom, Technical Product Manager – Powersports, explains:
“Some may say that piston protection is key in race motors and cold temperature performance is not as important,” cites Groom. “AMSOIL recognizes that in order for the oil to do its job of protecting the engine it must flow freely in all temperatures. With that in mind AMSOIL formulates an oil not to do just one job but many jobs.”
Groom cites three crucial areas where AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants played a critical role during the brutal cold spell in the premier racing engines on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross circuit. 1.) Piston protection. 2.) Cleanliness. 3.) Cold temperature performance.
“Each of these require special attention yet they all work together to provide trouble free performance,” said Groom. “Modern snowmobile engines direct less oil to critical components…through narrower passages…and for longer distances.
“So the bar for cold-temperature oil performance has been raised. And even at forty below zero, AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR remains fluid. It reaches critical components in the coldest weather, keeping your engine protected.”
Scott Judnick of Judnick Motorsports knows this, using AMSOIL products to help propel his top rider, Ross Martin, in the Pro Open class.
“In the past month we have been out racing and practicing our Polaris race sleds in -25 degree temperatures,” said Judnick. “From our AMSOIL DOMINATOR 2-Stroke Racing Oil, to our AMSOIL Chain case & Gear Oil, and our AMSOIL Synthetic Brake fluid, along with DOMINATOR Racing Grease and AMSOIL Anti-Freeze – we have not had one issue! There is a reason we choose AMSOIL … it is simply the best!
Steve Scheuring of Scheuring Speed Sports agreed, saying that he’s been confident in the AMSOIL brand since day one. “For us it starts with our groomer on our practice track. Getting the groomer started and running can make or break a day. And thanks to AMSOIL that happens – all day, every day.”“In the past month we have been out racing and practicing our Polaris race sleds in -25 degree temperatures,” said Judnick. “From our AMSOIL DOMINATOR 2-Stroke Racing Oil, to our AMSOIL Chain case & Gear Oil, and our AMSOIL Synthetic Brake fluid, along with DOMINATOR Racing Grease and AMSOIL Anti-Freeze – we have not had one issue! There is a reason we choose AMSOIL … it is simply the best!
Scheuring and Judnick also agreed that it’s not just the performance snowmobiles that benefit from AMSOIL’s line of products, as Scheuring points out. “Racing the sleds is half the battle. You still have to get to the race, so it’s the behind-the-scenes things like worrying about getting some bad gas out of the pump, or a generator not working is where AMSOIL products can help out a great deal. Not only do the lubricants, but the whole gambit of products. And whether its minus-25 like this past week at Canterbury, or 85-degrees like it was at Lake Geneva two years ago, I’ve been sold on AMSOIL products from day one.”
For more information on AMSOIL synthetic lubricants check out their website at www.amsoil.com
AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, returns to action for round four of the series at Deadwood’s (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds, Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
Who: World’s top snowmobile racers
What: Round Four/Races Seven and Eight of 2013-‘14 AMSOIL Championship Snocross
When: Jan. 31 – Feb. 1
Times: Gates open at noon on Friday, 8 a.m. on Saturday
Where: Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds, 1876 Drive, Downtown Deadwood, S.D.
Tickets: Two-day tickets are $20 for general admission & $30 for reserved seating. Special prices for kids!
More Information/Purchase Tickets: www.deadwood.com
2013-’14 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram
1 – Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Duluth, Minnesota
2 – Dec. 6-7 Bessemer, Michigan
3 – Jan. 3-4 Shakopee, Minnesota
4 – Jan. 31-Feb.1 Deadwood, South Dakota
5 – Feb. 7-8 Salamanca, New York
6 – Feb. 21-22 Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
7 – March 7-8 Fargo, N.D.
8 – March 14-16 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round in Duluth, Minn. and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. CBS Sports Network will air 16 half-hour programs of the ACS races.
Photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek/ISOC
About ISOC Racing
The International Series of Champions (ISOC) is the premier snowmobile race sanctioning organization in North America and sanctions national AMSOIL Championship Snocross, in addition to affiliating with nine regional circuits. Visit snocross.com for more information, fan and racer memberships, schedule details and more.