ISOC has canceled its inaugural Turtle Creek Freestyle Battle portion of the weekend's event due to the Winter X Games accident.
The racing will proceed as scheduled at Turtle Creek Casino this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8th & 9th.
In lieu of the recent tragic event at ESPN's Winter X Games that took the life of freestyle snowmobiler Caleb Moore, ISOC has cancelled the planned snowmobile freestyle events at Michigan's Turtle Creek Casino (Feb. 8-9) and Wisconsin's Lake Geneva Resort (March 15-16).
And though Moore had other obligations and wasn't scheduled to compete in ISOC's Michigan and Wisconsin freestyle events, officials with the series felt best to cancel the first-of-its-kind program altogether.
"We're absolutely devastated with the tragedy that occurred at the ESPN Winter X Games this past weekend in Aspen, Colorado. The snowmobile community is very small, very close ... Caleb's death has affected us all in such a way that we truly feel it's in the sport of snocross' best interest not to move forward with the two freestyle events planned for our Traverse City and Lake Geneva events," said Carl Schubitzke, ISOC President/Race Director. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family and Caleb's industry-wide group of friends, many of whom were his fellow competitors and regulars on the ISOC tour."
Added Rich Bailey, CEO of Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos: "After meeting with ISOC and understanding the impact Caleb Moore's tragic death has had on the entire snowmobile community, we are in complete agreement with ISOC that it is best not to move forward with the freestyle events on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour. Our thoughts and prayers at Turtle Creek Casino are with Caleb's family and friends."
To donate in Caleb's name, visit: http://www.giveforward.com/calebmoore