Among the 124 racers who will leave the starting line of the USCC I-500 cross-country race this morning in Thief River Falls, Minn., only one is a Vice President of Engineering for a snowmobile manufacturer.
As if the legend of Roger Skime (above) wasn’t already larger than life… the 66-year-old’s return to racing his favorite event is probably sending a shockwave through the company’s upper management.
Racing a Sno Pro 500 that he purchased last week at RV Sports in TRF, Roger will once again feed his insatiable passion for cross-country snowmobile racing by pounding the snow-filled ditch lines and snaky rivers of NW Minnesota.
While the Roger’s boss might not be thrilled about the situation, Roger’s entry galvanizes the immeasurable pride and loyalty that Cat employees have for the man and the company he’s so completely shaped for nearly 50 years.
If Arctic Cat the company had a soul, it would be Roger Skime. And this is just one of the thousands of reasons why.
Good luck to the number 66X sled, as well as all the other racers who have entered this incredible race!
Stay tuned for more updates as Arcticinsider.com covers the I-500 throughout the weekend.