Midwest Ice Racing

Updated: 01/08/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 01/07/2014 7:48 PM
By: Laura Kennedy

Motorsport athletes compete on all types of terrain. One race series seeks a surface that's covering the Twin Ports ice and snow.

Lorin Wicklund is one of the promoters behind Midwest Ice Racing. He says the turnout has been better than expected. This first race in Superior drew more than 100 quad and bike riders looking for a rush.

"They're getting up to 70 miles an hour on some of those straightaways," Wicklund said. "The adrenaline, it's so close. I mean it's by inches everyone is racing side by side."

"'Tis the season, the season for ice and cold. It's about the most enjoyable thing we can do around here," said Scott Williams, a quad racer from Superior.

Williams says this frozen track isn't as slippery as it looks.

"If you can stay on the clean ice where there isn't a lot of snow buildup, you actually hook up probably harder than you would on asphalt, believe it or not," Williams said. "The studs are phenomenal, they provide a tremendous amount of traction."

A good grip is critical when the track is as twisty as the one on Allouez Bay.

"There's a lot of 90 degree corners out there, which makes it not the greatest for passing," said C.J. Wise, a racer from Andover. "It's a one line track. The key is gonna be hole shot."

Ice racing is a family affair for Wise.

"My dad used to do it, he's always been into racing. It just passed down a generation," Wise said.

He says in this kind of cold, success lies in the starts and in the gloves.

"Oh, you gotta be warm. That's key," Wise said. "He who wins is gonna have the warmest fingers."

Many of these athletes compete in other motorsports, but say ice racing is a thrill like no other.

"Your heart is pumping, your adrenaline is going, you get those butterflies in your stomach, you feel like you might throw up, just getting excited," Williams said.

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