Bauerly Looks to Win Pro Privateer Honors in Both Classes
Hayward Produces Best Finish of the Season for Bauerly; Carlson Scores Podium in Sport #1
Elk River, Minnesota (March 15, 2010) – The warriors of winter returned to the national battle front in Hayward, Wisconsin, March 6-7; as the International Series of Champions (ISOC) National Snocross Tour neared the end of a competitive season. After several weeks of stepped-up competition in the Semi-Pro ranks, Team Sportech’s Andrew Carlson returned to the national Sport ranks with more confidence and speed than ever before. Both traits were clearly present as Carlson easily moved on to front row final positions with superb qualifying efforts including a pair of heat wins in Sport Stock #2.
In the Sport Stock #1 final Carlson pulled an impressive holeshot and was leading the pack when one of his skis caught the outside edge of the track and he was thrown off the track, moving him from first to 15th place in a matter of seconds. Carlson re-mounted his machine and with some fast lines and smooth moves worked his way through the pack up to the third position to grab a podium spot. He narrowly missed a podium in Sport Stock #2 with a fourth place effort; Travis Muller took top honors in both sport classes with some amazing starts and spooky-fast lap times.
“The top riders in the Sport class are extremely talented,” said Andrew. “We’re still within striking distance of the year-end title but it’s gonna take a perfect weekend from us and a few mistakes from our competitors to make it happen. My job in Lake Geneva is simple …win.”
At the top level of national competition, first year pro driver Paul Bauerly has slowly been finding his rhythm this season - faced with a new team, a new snowmobile and a dramatically higher level of competition. In Hayward, the pieces started to gel, as Paul put together consistent qualifying efforts in Pro Super Stock and then followed it up with his best finish of the year, narrowly missing the podium with a fourth place effort. The consistent runs however did give Bauerly a rather comfortable lead in the ISOC Pro-Privateer standings in both Pro Open and Pro Super Stock.
Leading his nearest competitors by 20-points in Pro Open and whopping 53-points in Super Stock, the Pro Privateer title in both classes is all but assured for Bauerly, barring a major mechanical failure during the final race of the season in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
“Paul was so close to his first Pro podium in Hayward, said Team Owner Chris Carlson. “We know he has the goods to make it happen, but this first year has been a tremendous learning experience for both Paul and the team. The competition at this level is incredibly difficult; you need to bring you’re A-game every week if you expect to do well. While we haven’t found the podium yet for Paul, we had our sites set on the Pro Privateer titles from day one and we are on track to capture not one, but both in Lake Geneva.”
Team Sportech will compete in the final ISOC National Snocross event of the season in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, March 20-21. Immediately following the event, ISOC will host a year-end banquet and awards ceremony.
About Team Sportech
Team Sportech Racing is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on the track and off, and are driven to excellence in everything we do. Our racing organization is driven by a deep-rooted passion for the sport and an operational philosophy grounded in integrity. Team Sportech Racing is located at 10800 175th Avenue NW, Elk River, MN 55330 and can be reached at 763-712-3965. Visit them online at www.teamsportechracing.com
Testimonial from Chris Carlson of Sportech Racing
It’s been an exciting season so far and we are looking forward to a strong finish as we head into the final stretch. Our first-year pro Paul Bauerly had an exciting 5th place finish at the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. This year’s spectator attendance and television ratings were huge, setting new records. We are also in the hunt for two ISOC season points championships with our Sport/Semi-Pro rider Andrew Carlson. The #151 is having a great year and he is getting faster each week.
I wanted to share with you the outstanding results that we’ve been experiencing with our Torco products. I’ve been very impressed with the quality and consistency of the lubricants, and it’s comforting to know that we are using the very best technology available. We’ve had outstanding results with the Torco SSO synthetic snowmobile oil. We have seen a definite improvement in piston and ring wear on our race engines. I’ve been watching closely as we perform our regular engine maintenance, and there’s no question that we’ve seen an improvement in piston and ring life. When we do change pistons and rings, I’ve been amazed at how clean everything looks. We’re seeing fewer carbon deposits, less heat-induced scoring and an overall improvement in durability. I’ve been saving the pistons and showing some of the other teams in the pits. One of the top Arctic Cat factory team owners was absolutely amazed at the condition of our pistons after several grueling races. We did a comparison with one of his pistons with the same amount of hours of use, and the difference was literally remarkable. I’ll continue to document the success that we are experiencing and I’ll gladly share any data that I have with you.
Bauerly Rocks ESPN Winter X Games with Top Performance of the Season
Front Row Status in the Final; Paul Narrowly Misses a Medal in Talent Deep Field
Elk River, Minnesota (February 2, 2010) – In what many deem to be the biggest and most important race in the snowmobile industry, Team Sportech and first year pro Paul Bauerly put together an impressive performance at ESPN’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this past January 31st. Pitted against a field of the world’s best snocross talents, Bauerly rode his best race of the season, finishing just outside of medal contention, but proving he is a bonafide future star in the sport of snocross.
Rolling into the bright lights and television cameras of Winter X, Team HMK/Sportech was feeling the pressure of racing on the world’s biggest snocross stage. But solid preparation, expertly tuned equipment and a level head were the ingredients Bauerly and company used to execute a shining performance on the slopes of Aspen. It started with a Speedwerx tuned Arctic Cat Sno-Pro that was dominating off the line throughout the weekend. Snaring consistent holeshots was key on the giant Winter X track that was extremely technical and wicked fast in nature yet yielded few opportunities for passing.
In the heat race, Paul grabbed the lead early on and hung on for a solid third place finish, enough to ensure he scored a front row spot at the line for the biggest final of his young pro career. Lined up against the likes of multi-time gold medal winner Tucker Hibbert, former Pro Open champion Ross Martin and the multi-talented Levi LaVallee, Bauerly had to face a field of formidable and determined riders. Yet when the green flew in the final, Paul nailed the holeshot again and emerged from the enormous field in third place. With a grueling 20 laps in front of him, Paul rode the race of his dawning pro career, holding on for a fifth place finish at the line.
“This performance comes at a great time for us,” said Team Owner Chris Carlson. “Paul’s confidence is soaring after this race, and with five races left in the ISOC National series, Paul knows he has what it takes to run up front and gain his first pro podium. While we would have loved to have came home with a medal, his performance was outstanding.”
Andrew Carlson Sweeps Sport Class; Bauerly Emerges as Top Pro Privateer
Team Sportech Sets Winning Tone at ISOC Duluth National Snocross
Elk River, MN (December 13, 2009) – It’s one of the biggest events in all of snowmobiling, but that didn’t seem to phase Team Sportech as they kicked off the national snocross season with two podium finishes and the early lead in the pro privateer year-end championship. The weekend was highlighted by a Sport Superstock #2 sweep by Andrew Carlson who won the final in a convincing flag to flag performance.
First year pro Paul Bauerly wasn’t expecting a warm “welcome to the pros” reception from his fellow competitors, but he certainly let it be known he came to compete. Strong qualifying efforts in both Pro Super Stock and Pro Open including a second place heat race finish in Superstock, ensured Bauerly would find his way into both 20-sled main events.
The small Duluth track and bitterly cold temperatures made for a very difficult racing environment. A lingering haze of snow dust placed added importance on holeshots, but the gang working in the hauler applied some Speedwerx magic to the fleet of Torco Arctic Cats, giving Sportech racers a much needed edge at the line. Yet despite impressive launches, the crowded track and races marred by a barrage of yellow flags, kept Bauerly mid-pack during both Pro finals as he muscled to an 11th place finish in Pro Open and 13th in Superstock.
“Visibility was brutal,” said Bauerly after the completion of the Pro Open final on Sunday. “My sled was wicked fast, but I was either riding blind or forced to back down due to yellow caution flags on the track. I wasn’t feeling a lot of nerves before the race, but it feels good knowing I can run with these guys and I’m confident we can be at the front this season.”
Running at the front was something Sport rider Andrew Carlson did plenty of during the Duluth National weekend. The 16-year-old rider showed tremendous patience and poise in what is considered one of the biggest snocross events in the world, clawing his way past 50-plus entries to gain a back-row start into the Superstock #1 final on Friday. On more than one occasion in qualifying, Andrew found himself in the middle of a multiple sled tangle, forcing him to recollect and battle through the field for points.
In the final, his patience paid off, as he entered to top of the hill on the first lap in 13th place, employed some crafty navigation and sled avoidance and emerged from the snow dust in second place. He held the position until lap traffic forced him to change lines, allowing the third place sled to overtake him, shuffling Andrew to a third place podium finish.
The story changed considerably in Superstock #2 for Carlson, where he went undefeated in qualifying, with margins of victory of 10-plus seconds in each race. Coming in as the top qualifier for the final, Andrew once again nailed the holeshot and led the race from start to finish.
“I don’t think I could have dreamed up a better way to start the season,” said Andrew on Sunday as he watched his racing partner compete. “Coming off the injury and to start the national snocross season with a pair of podiums is awesome.”