Racers Corner

Format

Professional race teams, manufacturers, and drivers arrive a week prior to the main event. Time trials commence on consecutive days starting on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 and conclude on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023. The official race is hosted on the only one-mile ice oval snowmobile track in North America. Drivers reach speeds around the 120mph mark as they attempt to complete the full 500 miles and take home the coveted title of I-500 Winner.

But first, you must Qualify into the most grueling and prestigious snowmobile race in the world. The Top 38 Teams after Four (4) Sessions of Pole Qualifying, to be held over Two (2) Days, on Wednesday-Thursday, February 1-2nd, 2023, are Locked In to the 54th Running of the International 500 Snowmobile Race on Saturday, February 4th, 2023

Rules

You can check out all the official rules of the 54th Running of the I-500 by downloading the 2023 Race Rules through International Snowmobile Racing (ISR)

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2023 Race Rules

Insurance

2022/2023 ISR/USAC Membership insurance program. Mandatory for drivers, optional for crew members!

For the 2022/2023 season ISR/USAC is providing excess medical insurance for all drivers at a reasonable rate for the coverage afforded. Please be aware you must have this coverage in place before you can participate in any ISR affiliated event.

Each year ISR works very hard to provide both promoters and drivers with the best coverage available and considers the following factors:

  • High quality medical supplement insurance for drivers,
  • Reduced liability costs for promoters,
  • Best protection possible for potential litigation issues,
  • Universal, uniform protection for everyone at all ISR affiliated events,
  • Keeping the Sport we love safe and fair for all!

There is a 90-day period to file an insurance claim, and all claims must include an incident report from the event race director. For more information, click on the icon below:

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Meijer Pro Shootout III / Old 600 Modifieds Shootout II

Meijer Pro Shootout III and the Inaugural Old 600 Mods Shootout II are midweek racing events that will see the very best pro riders set the field set via the Top 16 in Qualifying locked into Two (2) Heat Races. Those are Eight (8) Laps Each taking the Top Four (4) out of each

The remaining teams will then race in 15-Lap Feature paying $1,000 to Win (Old 600 Modifieds Feature will pay $1,500 to Win). This is the only opportunity for teams to get all important track time on the legendary 1-mile ice oval under race conditions

Meijer Pro Shootout III / Kokosing Alberici Traylor Old 600 Modifieds Shootout II Format

  • Meijer Pro Shootout III Qualifying takes place starting on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023  then on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 for Final Round Qualifying / Old 600 Modifieds Practice / Group Qualifying (One Session) will take place on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
  • Meijer Participants ONLY: One (1) Qualifying Attempt Per Day / The Top 16 Overall from the Two (2) days of Qualifying are locked in!
  • The Odd Qualifiers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15) and the Even Qualifiers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16) will each run a 7-Lap Heat Race taking the Top Four (4) finishers and locking them into Meijer Pro Shootout III & Old 600 Modifieds Shootout II
  • Meijer Pro Shootout III – 15 laps for $1,000 to Win with the “Best 8” professional riders, the very best pro riders in the world
  • Kokosing Alberici Traylor Old 600 Modifieds Shootout – 15 Laps for $1,500 to Win

I-500 Special Awards

If you ask snowmobile racers “What’s the one to win?” They’ll tell you its the I-500!

It’s the world’s longest, toughest, fastest and most-exciting snowmobile endurance race, bar none! The I-500 is a prestigious race to win. Winning the race takes nothing but the most outstanding performance of even the most skilled, professional drivers.  Everyone wants the HARDWARE, but there is only one way to get it. The Directors of the I-500 present trophies to the top 15 teams, as well as other prestigious awards to various teams and finishers.

These include:

  • Ladi Filipcheck Award: Presented to the driver that moves up the most from starting position (i.e. starts in 22nd position and ends up in 2nd).
  • Joe Burch Memorial Trophy: Named after an influential past director, this award recipient is selected by race officials for outstanding sportsmanship.
  • Rokie Talentino Memorial Mechanic Award: Presented to a pit-crew for their outstanding sportsmanship. The recipient is selected by race officials and is usually presented by Jim Talentino, or someone from the Talentino family.
  • Lynwood-Skid-Roe Sportsmanship Memorial Award: Presented to the race team that shows the best sportsmanship within the pits during race week.
  • Keith Rutledge Memorial Plaque: This award is kept at the I-500 Track Center and is displayed at various events attended by I-500 staff. The plaque proudly displays past I-500 winners.