The 49th Annual I-500 Snowmobile Race Week begins with Registration (12:00-6:00p.m.) and Tech Day (1:00-7:00p.m.) happening throughout the afternoon hours as the prospective riders and teams go through the process of getting things ready to go for a grueling three days of Qualifying to get into the most prestigious snowmobile race in the world!
“Did you know….” The smooth ice surface allows the general public to skate on the famous one mile oval track during Monday’s OPEN SKATE NIGHT from 7:00-10:00p.m.
Also, come out and enjoy the Mini-5 Race! Moved from Friday of Race Week to Monday in 2017, these aspiring racers get a chance to race in their very own Mini-5 Snowmobile event starting at 7:30p.m. The race takes place on a mini version of our oval ice course located at a designated area in the Upper Level Parking Lot. The three classes – Kitty Cat, Stock 120, and Modified 120 all compete, but everyone goes home a winner!
Monday of race week is opening day. This is a special day as the I-500 and Soo city officials have proclaimed opening day to be forever known as…. BUD CLARKE DAY!
Spectators can enjoy watching the first on-track action of the week as the professional riders begin the grueling process of attempting to qualify for the I-500! First Day Qualifying is from 12:00-5:00p.m. Also on Tuesday is Rookie Practice from 6:30-7:30p.m., followed by the only “Nighttime” Qualifying Session for the I-500 from 7:30-10:00p.m.
Hot Seats also go on sale! For pricing and availability, contact Ric Federau by email, [email protected], or phone/text; (989) 808-5266
It’s a busy day in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as Qualifying continues for the 49th Annual I-500 from 12:00-5:00p.m. The first actual racing during the week occurs as the I-500 hosts the 2nd Annual Brad Redman Memorial for the Great Lakes Antique Snowmobile Series (G.L.A.S.S.). This event allows drivers with sleds that are 30 years old (1987) and older the chance to get a feel of the only mile oval snowmobile endurance track in North America.
Additionally, riders will Qualify for the prestigious Woody’s Challenge and also participate in the Woody’s Dash Race (The Last Chance Qualifier for the Woody’s Challenge). High speeds and the unknown will certainly make this 15-lap event a thriller. The night ends with the 40-Lap Brad Redman Memorial.
Thursday is action packed with I-500 Final Qualifying from 1:00-6:00p.m., as after three grueling days of Qualifying, A $1,000 prize is awarded to the rider who takes the Overall Pole with the fastest lap timed in over the three days of Qualifying for the 49th Annual I-500! Then the I-500 Project hosts its annual THURSDAY NIGHT EXCITEMENT! At 7:30p.m., the prestigious “Woody’s Challenge”; a 40-Lap feature that includes both Professional and Amateur racers. High speeds, thrills and track excitement will provide a night of fun you won’t want to miss. Immediately following the join us for our annual I-500 bonfire.
Then let the fun begin in Sault Ste. Marie, MI as the city becomes host to the mid-west’s largest “WINTER PUB CRAWL”! We open our heated hospitality tent to visitors with LIVE music and plenty of beverages on hand. Join the mid-west’s premier winter party at the I-500 venue. Visit the many bars, saloons, and lounges in the community who offer maximum fun for race fans and sled-heads. Drinks, food specials and fun are on tap throughout the SOO area. Join the atmosphere of snowmobile race central! A party at every pub! T-Shirts are on sale for those who want to participate in the Pub Crawl.
The Annual Miss I-500 Pageant will be held on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 and for the first time, will be held at the Dream Makers Theater at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This years pageant is located just four miles east of the track.
On the day of the pageant, the day before the 49th Annual I-500, contestants are introduced to the audience in the form of a fashion show. Each contestant will wear either a costume or uniform that reflects her personality, hobbies, career aspirations, or sports affiliations. There is also an onstage interview for all the ladies to share their thoughts and win the hearts of the crowd.
In the final event, contestants model a floor-length evening gown; complete with winter accents (Faux Fur, Ugg-Like Boots, Etc.) that pair perfectly with the theme of the race.
The I-500 Pageant starts at 6:30p.m. For more information about the I-500 Pageant, go to the I-500 Pageant Page located at the link provided: Miss I-500 Pageant Information
Saturday is RACE DAY!!!! Opening Ceremonies open with our traditional vintage lap at 9:00a.m. A super display of vintage snowmobiles will be on display. Spectators can enjoy the heated hospitality tent all day, race day. Stop by our vendor tent, trailers, and booths for great food, great fun and a host of awesome products for snowmobile and race enthusiasts. The Green flag drops promptly at 10:00a.m. Approximately 90 minutes after the checkered flag flies on the 49th Annual I-500, the 2017 Awards Banquet will be held at Kewadin Casino (Dream Makers Facility)