The region’s newest winter tradition — AMSOIL Championship Snocross racing — is returning to the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel Feb. 7 – 8, 2014, and it promises to provide fun for the whole family!
The event, “powered” by Ram Truck, features two days of thrills, twists, turns and high speed racing on fast snow courses. Last year, the nationally-televised event saw tens of thousands of fans descend into the area for nonstop, heart-pumping, action-packed races with the world’s best snowmobile athletes.
“There’s so much to do throughout the whole experience,” said Carl Schubitzke, president and race director, ISOC Racing. “It’s highly entertaining, and there’s never a dull moment.”
To prepare for the event, crews with International Series of Champions (ISOC) Racing will once again turn one million gallons of water into snow over a football-field-sized plot of land outside Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. This year, the race site will be presented in a new location, directly west of the casino, on the right-hand side of the main road leading to the hotel parking ramp. The racecourse will include wicked twists and giant ramps that will send vehicles flying dozens of feet into the air.
More than 200 of the top snowmobile racers from North America and nearly a dozen countries worldwide will face off in a full-throttle, action-packed series of races that combine big-air jumps and competitive racing.
Approximately 50 practice, qualifying, and final races will take place each day, including 22 races during both the Friday and Saturday night main events. As many as 15 vehicles will be on the track during a race, and individual races are broken down by age, gender and snowmobile type.
Bleachers set up around the track accommodate fans, and floodlights will illuminate the track during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday, when the main events take place and are taped for television.
A new Family Zone will be outdoors this year, which will include a small-scale “120” snowmobile to test drive. Various vendors, including food and beverage, will also be on site.
Indoors at the Seneca Allegany Events Center, fans will have the chance to interact with racers and get autographs. Snowmobile gear will be on sale, and the popular Traxxas Try Me Track will return with a course filled with remote-controlled miniature trucks.
Last year’s races drew an unprecedented 10,000 fans during the Saturday events and nearly 15,000 for the entire weekend. A panel of snocross industry experts declared the Seneca Allegany experience as the “Event of the Year.”
“The event was special in so many ways,” said Schubitzke. “Everyone at Seneca Allegany was so helpful and professional. The city embraced the event. And the fans were just absolutely wonderful.”
Tickets for the event are on sale now online at www.isocracing.com and at the Logo Shop inside Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. Advance ticket prices are $25 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or a value-priced $30 all-weekend pass. A special four-pack of weekend passes is available online for a discounted price of $100. Admission is free for children ages six and younger.
In response to the industry’s growth and popularity, Seneca Gaming Corporation and the Seneca Nation of Indians recently provided a $66,850 sponsorship to Snow Bounders, Inc., a local snowmobile association, for the construction and maintenance of a new 1.5-mile snowmobile trail that connects Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel to 90 miles of existing trails in nearby Allegany State Park.