With all the adrenaline rush, it’s no wonder snowmobile racing became such a smash hit soon after its invention.  What most people don’t realize is that with a reasonable membership fee and some good snowmobile shocks, you have the opportunity to become a racer, too.  Whether you do it for the competition or the fun, here’s some information for when you do.

While discussing different racing circuits, you might hear reference to the National circuit and the Regional circuit.  The National circuit runs across the country and up into Canada.  The Regional circuits, on the other hand, cover just the upper Midwest.

Racing is not limited to the legal adult.  One professional started racing when he was only nine.  For those younger than eighteen, an original, notarized minor waiver form is required.

Of course, safety precautions are always maintained on the track.  This is done through safety equipment and other requirements found in a regulations rulebook.  Some necessities include body armor, helmets, and shin guards.  It’s also a good idea to make sure everything, including your snowmobile shocks, are functioning well.

Another requirement in racing is to have sled and bib numbers.  Clear, legible numbers should be visible even while the sled is moving, assisted by snowmobile shocks.  Most must choose a three-digit number, though pros and some grandfathered semi pros may use single or double digits.

Just like you would for a marathon, you race according to your class.  In Snowmobiling this is a compilation of age, driver competition level, and snowmobile type.  Each tour will have more specific information.

There are three ways to advance to the next level or class in racing.  First, you may advance automatically according to your age.  Second, the race director may ask the dominating racer to advance to the next level even if above the specified age group.
Third, a racer has the chance to submit a Racer Resume.  In this case he or she fills out a Class Advancement form one week before a race, asking the Race Director to watch them perform.  The Race Director then makes a decision based upon their performance that particular weekend.