Thief River Falls, Minn. –The idea was originally pioneered by Jim Urquhart, who last season raced the USCC Red Lake 500 in the Fan 600 class and brought home first place while raising over $3,000. This Year Arctic Cat and Black Magic wanted to race that idea to an even larger payout for the (CMN) Childrens Miracle Network.
Jeff Gruhlke, 33 from Wyoming, MN is no stranger to snowmobiles and snowmobile racing having raced snocross for 5 years. New to Cross Country racing last season, Jeff competed in 4 events, finishing on the podium 3 times. Black Magic Powersports has inked Jeff to ride the Red Lake 500 on the all-new and revolutionary Arctic Cat 600 SP and both are looking forward to great finish.
Gruhlke is excited at the opportunity to return to Arctic Cat on a race sled fully prepped by Black Magic Powersports. “Black Magic has a strong reputation of great results and they bring great equipment to the race. Knowing I have an Arctic Cat that is prepared by Black Magic gives me confidence and I’m looking forward to a great finish for myself and the Childrens Miracle Network.”
“We want to win, and Jeff gives us an excellent chance. I rode with him last Saturday and spent some time with him at the shop, he’s just one of those guys who has a natural ability to go fast,” says Arne Rantanen Jr., vice president of Black Magic. “I thrilled to have Jeff ride for us and I really think he’s got a chance to win.”
The USCC Red Lake 500 will take place January 18-20 and is hosted by Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minn. The USCC Red Lake 500 is considered one of the toughest events for both man and machine. For more information on Arctic Cat snowmobiles, please log on to www.arcticcat.com or visit your local Arctic Cat dealership. For more information about Black Magic Powersports, log on to www.blackmagicracing.com.