I-500 presented by Goodridge / Grygla Snowmobile clubs

Cor PowerSports I-500
Goodridge / Gyrgla, MN
February 11/12, 2023

On every terrain racer’s bucket list, the I-500 is an iconic race that even trail riders often dream of completing. Sled reliability and durability has to do a lot with this race as the high speeds for 500 miles can put a lifetime of wear and tear on any snowmobile. For 95% of all entrants, it’s about finishing the race not just winning it.

Especially in the earlier years of the I-500 when race sleds were separated from a really good consumer trail sled with some reinforcements and shock packages. The I-500 is the only race over 500 miles that racers are not racing as a team of two sleds or a few racers sharing the work load on one sled. The original I-500 three-day race had racers start in Winnipeg, Manitoba and finishing in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has gone through a few changes over the years but it is still a race that is demanding and riders always trying to stay focused as the miles roll down to the days end. Today’s version of the I-500 is the Goodridge-Grygla 500, which takes place over two days covering 500 miles filled with the same treacherously rough ditches, deep holes, rivers, woods and fields.

The 500 continues to thrive in huge part to the support of former racers, club members, and enthusiasts from the Goodridge Grygla snowmobile clubs.

The exact course routes will be announced closer to the event date

 

More event information to come!

Friday

  • Pre-tech noon - 5:00 pm then all sleds go to impound
  • Driver check in 4:00 - 6:00 pm (Goodridge Lions Hall)
  • Autograph session 6:00 - 7:00pm (Goodridge Lions Hall)
    • Drivers meeting at 7:00 pm - (Goodridge Lions Hall)
    • Pro pick chips for starting position during drivers meeting, all other classes pick chips during check in
  • At driver check-in you will be assigned your GPS tracker, at driver meeting we will go over how these work

Saturday

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am sleds move from impound to staging
  • 8:15 riders meeting
  • 8:30 national anthems
  • 8:45 riders prepare for start
  • 9:00 am start, two sleds every 15 seconds
  • Mechanic sessions
    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm first session
    • 3:30 - 4:30 pm second session
    • Sleds go back to impound after mechanic sessions
    • (Jr 14-17 / Expert 600 Non impound)
  • Classic class driver check in 2:00 - 3:00 pm at scoring trailer
    • Pre-Tech at same time then sleds will proceed to impound
  • Saturday night drivers meeting 5:00pm & awards Jr 10-13 / Vintage

Sunday

  • 7:00 - 8:00 am sleds move from impound to staging
  • 8:15 riders meeting
  • 8:30 national anthems
  • 8:45 riders prepare for start
  • 9:00 am start, Top 5 Pro Factory leave by gap, everyone else two sleds every 15 seconds
  • Sleds go to impound for post tech
  • Sunday awards- 5pm (Goodridge Lions Hall)


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