Racers Corner

Format

Professional race teams, manufacturers, and drivers arrive a week prior to the main event. Time trials commence on the early days and are held on consecutive days up through midweek. 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. The green flag is dropped promptly at 10:00a.m., on Saturday, February 1, 2020

Rules

You can check out all the official rules of the 52nd annual I-500 by downloading the 2020 Race Rules through International Snowmobile Racing.

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2020 Race Rules

Insurance

2019/2020 ISR/USAC Membership insurance program. Mandatory for drivers, optional for crew members!

For the 2019/2020 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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Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout

The Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout is a midweek racing event 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. 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 Rules (2020 Format)

  • Qualifying takes place starting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 4:30-5:30p.m., then on Thursday for Final Round Qualifying from 3:45-4:45p.m.
  • 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 8-Lap Heat Race taking the Top Four (4) finishers and locking them into the Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout
  • Inaugural Meijer Pro Shootout – 15 laps for $1,000 to Win with the “Best 8” professional riders, the very best pro riders in the world!

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.