Ice racing on two-wheels kicks ass. If you’ve never tried it, you should. Even spectating an ice racing event is a hoot, as long as you’ve a thermos of hot chocolate and schnapps. According to the AMA, this year’s Ice Racing Grand Championship has been redated and relocated to where the weather’s colder and the ice thicker.
Press Release: The 2016 American Motorcyclist Association Ice Race Grand Championship has been rescheduled for Feb. 27-28 at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, Mich. The event originally was scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Waterford, Mich.”We have moved the race location nearly 175 miles northwest of the original location, where temperatures have been colder and the ice should be safe to race on,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Bundle up, bring your bikes and ATVs, and we’ll see you out there.”
Practice starts at 8 a.m. and racing commences at 10 a.m.
The event schedule calls for competitors to battle for AMA National No. 1 plates in a variety of classes on the oval track on Saturday and the grand prix on Sunday. On Saturday night, a non-championship rubber-tire enduro race will be run under the lights.
An AMA specialty award for Ice Racer of the Year will be bestowed upon one outstanding rider. Some past winners include Kaley Johnson, Allen Rabinette, Parker Norris and Kyle Johnson.
The AMA Youth Ice Racer of the Year also will be named at the event. Past recipients include Emmett Sund, Christopher Blackmer, Nathan Gross and Jace Kessler.
In addition, the AMA ATV Ice Racer of the Year will be awarded.
The AMA Ice Racing Grand Championship features classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus competing on bikes that range from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers.
For more information about this event, visit www.whitelakeracing.com or search “AMA Ice Race Grand Championship 2016” on Facebook.