Local resident plans to compete in I-500 in Sault
SAULT STE. MARIE – The 46th International 500 Snowmobile Race is set to take place Feb. 1 in Sault Ste. Marie. The I-500 is the world’s longest snowmobile race, hosted on the only one-mile oval snowmobile track in North America.
Drivers will reach speeds around the 100-mph mark as they attempt to complete the full 500 miles and take home the coveted title.
The winner of the 46th annual race will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers baseball game at Comerica Park on April 5.
Teams participating come from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Driving as a member of Yovich Racing is local resident Eric Zellar of Germfask. Zellar made his first appearance at the I-500 in 2012. He has been competing in snowcross for several years.
Racers began qualifying on Jan. 28 with subsequent events planned for each day and night leading up to Saturday’s race. A complete schedule of activities is available on the events website at www.i-500.com.