MIS adds Snowmobile event to 2004 schedule

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway fans have become accustomed to the three race weekends MIS normally hosts during the months of June, July, and August. In 2004, they'll need to open up one more weekend on their calendars as MIS...

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway fans have become accustomed to the three race weekends MIS normally hosts during the months of June, July, and August. In 2004, they'll need to open up one more weekend on their calendars as MIS will host the Inaugural Michigan Snocross on February 28 and 29 featuring the World Snowmobile Association.

The World Snowmobile Association will enter its sixth year in 2004, with the Inaugural Michigan Snocross being the eighth stop on the ten-race WSA National Circuit. The Inaugural Michigan Snocross will be an historic event because it will mark the first winter racing event in the 35-year history of MIS.

All seats for the Inaugural Michigan Snocross go on sale Friday, November 7 by logging on to MIS' official website at www.MISpeedway.com or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. All seats to the event are general admission. Admission is $20 for Saturday February 28 and $25 for Sunday February 29. Fans can also purchase a general admission combination ticket for both days for only $40. Pit Passes will be available to purchase at MIS on both race days.

"With MIS' history of hosting great races and crowning great champions, combined with the state's love of snowmobiles, I think it will be a terrific new event for our state," said MIS President Brett Shelton.

"The WSA is really looking forward to competing at one of the premier racing facilities in the Midwest," said WSA CEO Scott O'Malley. "We are also happy to have a new partner in Michigan to help grow the WSA National Circuit and the great sport of snowmobile racing."

There are four pro classes that make up the WSA National Circuit, including the Pro Stock, Pro Open, Pro Veteran and the Pro Women classes. The riders will be competing on a snocross course set up in MIS' frontstretch between pit road and the front straightaway.

The racing snowmobiles will come to life on Saturday, Februrary 28 at MIS, with practice sessions and races in the morning for the Junior and Semi-Pro classes, along with the Jr. Snocross event. Later in the afternoon the Pro Stock and Open classes will compete in their preliminary rounds. Sunday, February 29 will include second and third rounds of the Pro Stock and Pro Open classes along with the thrilling finals of both divisions.

One rider expected to compete in both Pro divisions at MIS is Blair Morgan, the 2002-03 WSA National Champion in both the Pro Stock and Pro Open divisions, who says he can't wait to visit a facility with so much rich racing history. "To race at a facility like MIS that has so much racing history is neat in itself," said Morgan. "To win at a place like MIS and be mentioned in the same breath as Jeff Gordon or Matt Kenseth would be something pretty special."

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