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    Carlson Motorsports Leaves Snocross

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Thursday, March 23, 2017

     The faces of ISOC Snocross racing are sure to look a little different next season. Just weeks after Leighton Motorsports announced that it was ceasing its operations, and days after Ross Martin announced his retirement from the sport at the Lake Geneva Grand Finale, the Carlson Motorsports family has announced that it is also saying goodbye to snocross.

    After spending more than 20 winters at the snocross tracks, the Carlson Moto crew will now focus its efforts on The Off-Road Championship (TORC) truck racing series. Last summer, Andrew earned his first Pro Lite win while competing at his hometown ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minn.

    “It’s been a heck of a run,” said Chris Carlson with a reflective tone. “This sport … these tracks … they’ve been a part of our family for nearly as long as I can remember. Our kids grew up racing and being at the track … snocross has been our second home, and we’re grateful for everything this sport has given us.”

     For Chris and his wife, Deb, racing has always been a big part of their family. Their daughter, Taylor, and son, Andrew, grew up racing with their father at regional snocross tracks. Both progressed to eventually race at the national level, and Carlson Moto grew accordingly.

    Andrew announced his retirement from professional snocross this past weekend, and subsequently, the Carlson Moto team made the difficult decision to leave the national snocross tour.

    While Andrew is walking away snocross, he’s not finished with snowmobile racing yet. Next season, he plans to race in select cross-country terrain events sanctioned by the sport’s premiere national tour, the United States X-Country (USXC) Series.

    Returning from a major knee injury, Andrew Carlson wins the first Pro Lite race of the season at the AMSOIL Duluth National (November 2013).
    “I’m so thankful for everyone in the snocross community, including my sponsors and fans that supported me along the way," said Andrew. "It’s been an amazing ride, and I’m just really grateful.”

    Another Pro Open rider from Carlson Moto, Ryan Springer,  will look to continue his professional snocross career with another Polaris team next winter. Ryan capped off his season with a pair of top-five finishes at Lake Geneva, positioning himself amongst the fastest in the sport.

    During the year-end banquet, ISOC honored Chris as the recipient of the CJ Ramstad Ambassador award. The award recognizes Chris for his unrelenting passion and involvement in snocross and his efforts to support and grow the sport.

    “Everyone here is part of one big family,” said Chris as he looked across the Lake Geneva track on the final day of competition. “We all support each other … these are really good people. We can’t thank everyone enough … our sponsors, our fans, the great team at ISOC, our competitors … they all mean so much to us.”

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