Hot on the heels of the announcement that USCC will cease operations comes word that snowmobile racing legend Brian Nelson will launch a new snowmobile cross-country racing circuit:
Press Release -
New Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Circuit
Snowmobile Legend Brian Nelson Launches USXC
Spicer, Minn. (June 11, 2012) – Former racing champion Brian Nelson of Spicer, Minn., announced today the formation of USXC, a new snowmobile cross-country racing circuit that will provide a series of terrain races in the Midwest during the 2012-2013 season. The USXC (United States X-Country) series will consist of six to eight events including a premier three-day, 500-mile cross-country race held in Northwestern Minnesota.
The goal of USXC is to continue the tradition racer-friendly events at many of the classic cross-country venues, giving drivers, crews and fans the best possible experience.
“There have been many great cross-country racing organizations over the years, most recently with the USCC,” said Nelson said. “USCC was an excellent circuit that rescued and grew the sport. When they communicated that they would cease operations after last season, I wanted to keep cross-country racing strong and growing. I pursued the idea of purchasing USCC, but for many reasons that proved unworkable. The best solution was to form USXC.”
Nelson is currently assembling a team of experienced people to help run USXC, as well as creating a schedule with existing, race-friendly communities. Events will include lake courses as well as traditional ditch, river and woods courses, all of which will emphasize driver skill and endurance. Nelson intends for USXC to be an ISR affiliate, so racers can expect common rules and safety procedures.
Nelson has a long and storied history in the snowmobile industry. He was a legendary cross-country racer who won the Winnipeg-to-St. Paul I-500 in 1976 aboard Enduro Team Deere, and again in 1978 for Team Arctic. Has owned a multi-brand snowmobile dealership, hosted and promoted ISOC cross-country races and NSSR speed run events in the 1990s. He has operated a snowmobile and motorcycle tour business since 1980 and was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2000. His most recent foray into snowmobile racing was in 2011, when he competed in the vintage class at the USCC Red Lake I-500.
“Cross-country snowmobile racing has been my life for more than 40 years,” Nelson said. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the people and circuits that provided races during those years.
“Starting USXC is my way to give back to the sport I love. With the support of a great team of people, the industry and racers, we will preserve and even grow cross-country snowmobile racing in the years ahead.”
Racers and fans who are interested in learning more about USXC should email their name and address to: email@example.com.
Questions, contact: Brian Nelson, 320-894-5839
Media contact: Jim Urquhart, 763-218-1385; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike F says:
6/11/2012 10:44:00 AM
Stephen Knox says:
6/11/2012 11:31:00 AM
Great new with a great racer behind it!
Jon Carlson says:
6/11/2012 11:52:00 AM
Brian will offer a very professional, safe, fan friendly venue that listens to the racers, fans, and manufacturers. All the stakeholders can expect meticulous detail, outstanding marketing, and Brians life long work ethic as a champion and business person to build a great racing product. Personal thanks to the Machs and all of their hard work to restart a sport very special to many of us and the industry. Best of luck my friend, but I have a feeling you wont need it, remember we were both told many years ago that "we make our own luck" can't wait! JRC
Todd Ulschmid says:
6/11/2012 12:52:00 PM
Steve Tabor says:
6/11/2012 3:33:00 PM
Great news, the tradition of cross country terrain racing will live on. Congratulations Brian, it's a big task to take on and you're one of a very few that would be up to the challenge. I have no doubt that USXC will be a huge success and continue the rich history that Pat Mach provided with USCC. I hope that everyone that has enjoyed this form of snowmobile competition at any level as a spectator or competitor will do whatever they can to help Brian in his efforts, it will be a big job. Remember we are not a large percentage of the population as motorheads compared to stick and ball sports so we must all pull the rope together. Good luck Brian and thanks for stepping up.
wayne lee says:
6/11/2012 6:31:00 PM
Congradulations to a great guy. Brian has did wonders to the sport ,and continues to do so. Id say the sport is in good hands good luck and best wishes in the future
Chad Colby says:
6/11/2012 8:06:00 PM
Couldn't agree more with you guys.... Brian is a great guy and no question will lead cross country racing into the future. Fan & racers of cross country racing will forever remember the USCC, and it's role in returning XC as we know it today. Thanks to Pat Mach, and the entire Mach family....
Joe Rainville says:
6/11/2012 10:31:00 PM
Thanks for posting that great news about Brian and the new USXC! I was so bummed that I might not be able to race my 80 Liquiifire in the Vintage I-500 again, it was depressing to think about.
I am back to being pumped for next year, and will I be the only CC race team out of Texas?! Probably:>)
Looking forward to racing USXC this winter, hope to see you there. (Maybe one of us can finish without baking a motor this time, LOL!)
6/12/2012 12:12:00 PM
+1 To Rainville on continuing on with the vintage cross country! I sure hope it's still a part of the new USXC.
Mike F says:
6/12/2012 2:42:00 PM
2 different vintage classes on the season membership form! usxcracing.com
Larry Preston says:
6/13/2012 4:11:00 PM
I cannot think of a better person to take this on and crank it up to eleven! Go get 'em Brian!
Dave Schneider says:
6/14/2012 8:46:00 AM
Way to go Brian! If anyone has the business sense to make this work you do!
6/14/2012 10:11:00 PM
How about a 1995 and older class to co-incide with Vintage ISOC and ERX classes, would love to run some x-c races, bring out of the woodwork the old white polaris wedges and arctic zr's!
Greg Hallstrom says:
6/25/2012 5:23:00 PM
Yippee! Now cousin Joey can race vintage machines again in the I-500.
John Dusek III says:
9/12/2012 9:38:00 AM
Brian will take a good XC program and make it Great!!