Race Week

*All Scheduled Event Dates & Times are Subject to Change at the discretion of the #SooI500*

BELOW is the Schedule of Events for the 2022 I-500

Monday, January 31st, 2022

This is a special day as the I-500 & Soo city officials have proclaimed opening day to be forever known as BUD CLARKE DAY! For the 2022 Race Week, #SooI500 Management, Staff and Volunteers make those imperative final preparations in anticipation of Race Week on Monday. The smooth ice surface also allows the general public to skate on the famous one mile oval during Monday’s OPEN SKATE NIGHT from 7:00-9:00p.m. In addition, the traditional Mini-5 Kids Snowmobile Races will take to the temporary track in the parking lot with the races starting at 7:00p.m.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

The action on the legendary 1-Mile High-Banked Ice Oval kicks off #SooI500 Race Week kick off with the Great Lakes Antique Snowmobile Series (G.L.A.S.S.). With an expected huge turn out of vintage sleds that are 30 years old (1992) and older 

It all begins with G.L.A.S.S. Rig Parking / Unloading / Registration / Tech all starting at 8:00a.m. The teams then take to the track for Practice/Group Qualifying starting at 12:00p.m., followed by Heat Races. Then it’s Feature Time for the G.L.A.S.S. competitors.

Once G.L.A.S.S. action is over, 20170201_122610The 53rd Running of the International 500 Snowmobile Race Week officially begins for the #SooI500 teams as well as the Meijer Pro Shootout teams and the newest division to grace the 1-mile ice oval, the Gro-UP Old 600 Mods. Rig Parking & Unloading will start upon the complete of the G.L.A.S.S., events with Registration & Tech Day starting at the same time and going until 10:00p.m. Prospective riders and teams go through the process of getting ready to go for Two days of Qualifying to get into the most prestigious snowmobile race in the world!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

Spectators can enjoy watching the first on-track action of the week on the legendary 1-Mile Oval for the #SooI500 teams as the best riders in the world 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 an hour long Practice from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

The newest class at the #SooI500 the Gro-UP Old 600 Mods division get their first ever track time in Practice/Group Qualifying from 12:15-12:45p.m. Then it’s time for #SooI500 Qualifying Round I from 1:00-2:00p.m. The Rookies then get the track to themselves from 2:15-3:15p.m.

The Meijer Pro Shootout competitors get their first of two chances to Qualify for the Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout from 3:30-4:30p.m. Then, the #SooI500 riders return for the ONLY Night Time Qualifying Session for the 53rd Running of the #SooI500 from 6:00-7:00p.m. Then, after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), the Gro-UP Old 600 Mods will then run their first ever events with the Green Flag for Heat Races scheduled for 7:30p.m., followed by their Feature.

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

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Thursday is action packed with the third round of I-500 Qualifying from 12:00-1:00p.m. The Rookies get one Final Practice Session from 1:15-2:15p.m. Then it’s time for Final Round Qualifying for the Meijer Pro Shootout competitors from 2:45-3:45p.m., as  the “Sweet 16”, the fastest 16 riders from the two days of Qualifying will be locked into the Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout.

From 4:15-5:15p.m., the Final Round of I-500 Qualifying serves as the final opportunity for riders and teams to lock themselves into the 53rd Running of the #SooI500

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 Meijer Pro Shootout with the Green Flag at 7:00p.m.

Two (2) Heat Races (8 Laps Each) will be held taking the Top Four (4) out of each and locking them into the Feature. The Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout will be 15 Laps for $1,000 to Win.

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, February 4th, 2022

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, from 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m., the starting field for the 53rd Running of the #SooI500 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.

The Annual Miss I-500 Pageant begins at 7:00p.m., and will be held at the Dream Makers Theater at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Dream Makers is located just four miles east of the track.

On the day of the pageant, the day before the 53rd Running of the #SooI500, 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 5th, 2022 – RACE DAY

Saturday is RACE DAY!!!! Spectator Gates Open at 8:00a.m., as 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. Opening Ceremonies start at 8:45a.m., with Rider Introductions at 9:30p.m. Then, after the Invocation and National Anthem(s) the Green flag drops promptly at 10:00a.m.

Approximately 90 minutes after the checkered flag flies on the 53rd Running of the #SooI500, the 2022 Awards Banquet will be held at the Dream Makers Theater inside Kewadin Casino.