Press Release –
One of the world’s toughest snowmobile races has been won by Arctic Cat 9 out of the past 12 years. This is true testament to the durability of an Arctic Cat chassis over the course of 1,976 miles.
Today’s Alaskan Iron Dog Race course starts in Big Lake to Nome and finishes in Fairbanks, making it not only the toughest, but world’s longest snowmobile race. Racers traverse in some of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain while tackling the harshest winter conditions.
They wouldn’t call this the World’s Toughest Snowmobile Race, if survival skills weren’t mandatory through white-out conditions, open water crossings and countless unexpected terrain changes.
All competitors in each race class are comprised of two riders aboard two snowmobiles for the safety of the competitors.
Year after year the winning riders choose Arctic Cat. This year was no different for the first place number 14 team of Eric Quam from Eagle River, AK and Marc McKenna of Anchorage, AK who netted an overall winning time of 42:33:40, while the number 18 team of Andy George from Wasilla, AK and Dwayne Drake of Fairbanks, AK finished second with a 43:55:17.
“This is the first year I’ve been on the new Twin Spar chassis; I was amazed at how little energy they actually take to ride,” said Marc McKenna. “Beyond the chassis being durable and well-thought out, these F6’s really have an advantage over the competition because the 600 motor is bulletproof! Something you need to rely on to finish a race of this magnitude.”
Other notable Arctic Cat finishes in the Pro class were the 2007 winners Scott Davis of Soldotna, AK and Todd Pallin of Wasilla, AK finishing fourth with a time of 45:32:07.