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Staying Home with Dad: No Racing for P.J. Wanderscheid This Season


(1/8/2014)

P.J. Wanderscheid, Team Arctic 4-time World Champion.

Yesterday the news came from P.J. Wanderscheid that he and his crew will not race at the upcoming Eagle River World Championships, or any other events this season.

The 4-time World Champion and his family made the difficult decision because his father, Dick, is locked in tough battle with Stage 4 lung cancer, which recently spread to his bones, and needs constant care. They’re going to take a break from racing this season to stay home with him.

As P.J. noted to his sponsors, friends and fans, the decision is tough only because snowmobile oval racing has been his passion for 15 years.

I’ve gotten to know P.J. and his brothers Dave and Mark pretty well over the past few years. They are hard working men who put quality and dedication into everything they do, and they treat people like friends.

Those qualities are the result of great family values, love and care.

So it’s no surprise that they’ve put their drive for five World Championships on hold to do everything they can to support their dad and each other. There will be more opportunities in the future to chase the checkered flag.

I’m wishing the best for the entire Wanderscheid family, from me and the whole family of Arctic Cat riders.

Team Arctic's P.J. Wanderscheid. 4-time World Champ.



Comments (18):

81snopro says:
1/8/2014 10:50:00 PM

May God be with the Wanderscheid family................Mike
Dulpher says:
1/9/2014 8:12:00 AM

Sad to hear, but family is more important! Prayers to your family PJ!
kevin sebastian says:
1/9/2014 8:52:00 AM

Prayers will go up for your whole family!
Hammer (and LumberHead) says:
1/9/2014 11:16:00 AM

Very sorry to hear about your Father there P.J. There may be a border seperating us but we are all part of the Arctic Cat family. Know that all the Arctic Cat "hosers" and race fans from north of the Border will be pulling for your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers and all the best to the Wanderscheid family!
Rusty says:
1/9/2014 1:32:00 PM

Here's wishing your whole family the best P.J. You are doing the right thing.
Derek Elias says:
1/9/2014 2:18:00 PM

As a son who buried his father in 2010 from cancer, I applaud PJ for taking the time off to spend quality time with his dad. Life as we know it is too short, be helpful to one another and we pray to your family during these hard times.

may the good Lord bless the Wandershied family and friends. Happy sleeding from Canada's Arctic
Kevin Hooper says:
1/9/2014 5:21:00 PM

Best wishes to Team 28 right now. We will miss you on the track but please know you have everyone's support.
Paul Nadeau says:
1/9/2014 6:51:00 PM

PJ, so sorry to hear about your dad's cancer, may God bless and guide you and your family during this time. Family is so important! Take care my friend!
Mike F says:
1/9/2014 8:48:00 PM

You only have one Dad. Snowmobile races are dime a dozen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...
John Zanon says:
1/10/2014 6:48:00 AM

Well said Mike F!
I wish you could have both, a healthy dad and that 5th Championship...
563 Motorsports says:
1/10/2014 1:40:00 PM

PJ, we honor and respect your decision to not compete this season. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Shawn Hopkins, Megan Campbell, Family and team.
Gerry Osendorf says:
1/10/2014 8:30:00 PM

P.J. and their family made a decision regarding racing this year based on their family values and with them FAMILY always comes first. God Bless their father and their decision. The decision is not surprising if you the Wanderscheid family and Country Cat.
fastf5 says:
1/10/2014 9:12:00 PM

God Bless!
T-Cat Doctor says:
1/11/2014 4:10:00 PM

God bless and best wishes! Family is NUMBER ONE! Keep you in our prayers!
Larry says:
1/11/2014 4:59:00 PM

Even us die-hard Roseau fans appreciate a great competitor and and even greater family - My best to P.J. and to the family! Only met P.J. once and he's a pure class act.
sliverf7 says:
1/11/2014 8:25:00 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wandershied family . There is nothing more important than FAMILY ..
Sheri Gades says:
1/13/2014 8:04:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wandershied family at this trying time. This just goes to show how important family is. God bless all of you!
chad I says:
1/25/2014 7:36:00 AM

sad to hear pj, our thoughts and prayers go out to u and your family, god bless and take care.

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