Race Week

*All Scheduled Event Dates & Times are Tentative & Subject to Change*

(NOTE: Listed Below are the correct dates for the 52nd annual #SooI500
with descriptions of each day from the 51st annual event.)

Sunday, January 26, 2020

For the second year in a row, International 500 Snowmobile Race Week kick off with a Sunday Matinee featuring Qualifying for the Great Lakes Antique Snowmobile Series (G.L.A.S.S.). With an expected huge turnout of vintage sleds that are 30 years old (1989) and older, the extra day was added to set the field for Wednesday’s 3rd Running of the Brad Redman Memorial. It all begins with G.L.A.S.S. Rig Parking & Unloading at 9:00a.m. The teams then take to the track for Qualifying starting at 12:00p.m., and once Qualifying is complete, any Last Chance Races that are needed will be conducted and complete Day I.


Monday, January 27, 2020

20170201_122610Monday of race week is opening day. This is a special day as the I-500 & Soo city officials have proclaimed opening day to be forever known as; BUD CLARKE DAY!


The 51st annual International 500 Snowmobile Race Week officially begins for the #SooI500 teams with Rig Parking & Unloading at 10:00a.m. Registration & Tech Day starting at 12:00p.m., and going until 6:00p.m. 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.


One of the most popular events of International 500 Snowmobile Race Week happens during the official Opening Day/Bud Clarke Day at the track as aspiring young riders get their chance to race in their very own events every year as the 2019 Jimmy John’s Mini-500 Snowmobile Races starts at 7:30p.m.

The races takes place on a mini version of the famed one-mile oval ice course located at a designated area in the Upper Level Parking Lot.
This popular event was moved from Friday of Race Week to Monday in 2017 and has become an even bigger attraction during #SooI500 Race Week. Plus, it’s absolutely FREE to attend.
The three classes – Kitty Cat, Stock 120, and Modified 120 all compete, but everyone goes home a winner!


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Spectators can enjoy watching the first on-track action of the week for the #SooI500 teams as the professional riders begin the grueling process of attempting to qualify for the I-500! The first time the I-500 riders get a chance to get out onto the track is for a newly added hour long Practice from 12:00-1:00p.m. The Rookies then get the track to themselves from 1:00-2:00p.m.

Then it’s time for First Day Qualifying from 3:00-5:00p.m. The Woody’s Challenge competitors get their first of three chances to Qualify for the prestigious Woody’s Challenge from 6:00-6:45p.m., before the I-500 rider return for the first of two night time Qualifying Sessions for the 51st Annual I-500 from 7:00-9:00p.m.

Hot Seats also go on sale! For pricing and availability, contact Ric Federau by email, [email protected], or phone/text;  (989) 808-5266



Wednesday, January 29, 2020

It’s a busy day in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as Qualifying continues for the 51st annual I-500 as the Woody’s Challenge teams kick things off with second round Qualifying from 12:00-12:45p.m. The I-500 Rookies return to the track for more Practice from 1:00-2:00p.m., then it’s time for the third round of I-500 Qualifying from 2:00-4;00p.m. The riders and sleds from the Great Lakes Antique  Snowmobile Series (G.L.A.S.S.) return for their one and only Practice for the Brad Redman Memorial from 4:00-5:00p.m., before the second and final night time Qualifying Session for the I-500 teams from 6:00-8:00p.m.

Then the I-500 hosts the 3rd running of the Brad Redman Memorial for the Great Lakes Antique Snowmobile Series (G.L.A.S.S.). This event allows riders with sleds that are 30 years old (1989) and older the chance to get a feel of the only mile oval snowmobile endurance track in North America as Wednesday activities end with the 30-Lap Brad Redman Memorial. Traverse City, Michigan’s Chris Kelly was the winner of the inaugural Redman Memorial in 2016 while the 2017 version of the event was unfortunately canceled. In 2018, Chris Kelly (Stocks), Jeff Malaska (340s) & Kyle VanSloten (440s) were the winners in the three classes that were on hand. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday is action packed with the fifth round of I-500 Qualifying from 12:00-2:00p.m. The Rookies get one Final Practice Session from 2:00-3:00p.m., then it’s time for Final Round Qualifying for the Woody’s Challenge competitors as the “Sweet 16”, the fastest 16 riders from the three days of Qualifying will be locked into the 24th running of the Woody’s Challenge.

Then from 4:00-6:00p.m., it’s time for the Final Round of I-500 Qualifying. The final opportunity for riders and teams to lock themselves into the 51st annual I-500 Snowmobile Race. Additionally, a cool $1,000 payday awaits the winner of #SooI500 Pole Award and that rider will lead the field to the Green Flag on Saturday morning.

Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation & the National Anthem(s), it’s time for the 24th running of the Woody’s Challenge at 7:30p.m.

In 2019, due to the extreme weather conditions that saw temperatures never getting above Zero degrees the entire week, anew format was introduced with the Top 16 through Qualifying locking themselves into the show. Then Two (2) Heat Races were held taking the Top 4 out of each and locking them into the “Best 8” Feature. 15 Laps for $1,000 to Win. Under the new format, the results were the same as DeWald “Three-Peated” and tied Todd Serra for the most wins all-time in the prestigious event.

The Silver Anniversary, the 25th running of the Woody’s Challenge, will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Will DeWald “Four-Peat” and become the winningest rider in Woody’s Challenge history?

live music

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 Midwest’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.


Friday, January 31, 2020

It’s an Off Day at the track as I-500 Officials work overtime to get the 1-mile ice oval ready for 500 miles. In the meantime, the #SooI500 will try to break the world record for the largest snowmobile parade! The current world record according to the Guinness Book of World Records is 1,048 snowmobiles. We came close in 2018 with 998 snowmobiles. Let’s break the record in 2019! There is a $5.00 registration fee per sled is used to cover the costs incurred to break the record. All snowmobile operators must have a valid driver’s license and a registered sled. For more information and to Register your sled and be a part of history, click HERE

Also, from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m., the starting field for the 50th Annual I-500 will head over to the Dream Makers Theater inside Kewadin Casino to Officially Register for the most prestigious snowmobile race in the world. The Official Riders Meeting will start at 3:00p.m., also inside The Woodlands Room at Kewadin Casino.

Later on in the evening, the Annual Miss I-500 Pageant will be held starting at 7:00p.m., and for the third year in a row, 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 51st 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 7:00p.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, February 1, 2020 – RACE DAY

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 51st annual I-500, the 2019 Awards Banquet will be held at the Dream Makers Theater inside Kewadin Casino.