Elk River, Minn. August 3, 2016 – TORC: The Off Road Championship Series traveled to the U.P. of Michigan for rounds 9 and 10 of the series, the very place where the Carlson family was introduced to the sport of short course off-road truck racing just four years ago. Unfortunately, the string of tough luck that Carlson Moto encountered at the beginning of the 2016 season returned once again despite strong efforts from Pro Light driver Andrew Carlson.
Home Sweet Home
Elk River, Minn. July 18, 2016 – How sweet it is, and for Andrew Carlson’s first win in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, it couldn’t get much sweeter. Racing on his home track in front of his hometown fans, friends, and family, Carlson broke through to the top of the box with a commanding Pro-Light win Saturday afternoon.
Elk River, Minn. June 28, 2016 – It’s hard to keep a good man down, and nothing was going to keep Andrew Carlson from capturing his first podium of the season in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series this past Saturday in Crandon, Wisconsin. Despite starting deep in the final grid and fighting an onslaught of mud and debris, Andrew rallied towards the front, passing as many as three competitors in a single lap to gain a third place finish at the line, just 12-seconds behind the leader Travis Dinsmore.
This weekend at the TORC: The Off-Road Championships in Chicago, aka “The Chicagoland dSlam”, Atturo Tires will partner with local charity Twice As Nice Mother & Child (www.twiceasnicemc.org ) to raise money for diaper awareness and providing lifegiving essentials to newborns. Atturo has dedicated resources to its partner charity for the Chicagoland Slam event under the umbrella campaign “Race to Meet The Need”(#Race2MeetTheNeed).
Elk River, Minn. [May 6, 2016] —448 of Elk River and surrounding area community members rallied to be a part of the hunger solution through a partnership between Sportech, Inc. and non-profit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). Volunteers prepared 108,644 life-saving meals at this FMSC MobilePack™. The goal, established by Sportech, Inc. CEO, Chris Carlson, was 100,000 meals. The event took May 5 at the new Carlson Moto headquarters building on the ERX MotorPark premises (Elk River, Minn.)
Our good friends at Sportech, Inc. are excited to partner with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to put on a MobilePack event Thursday, May 5th in Elk River, Minn. Upwards of 100,000 meals will be packed over an eight-hour period by Elk River community members, area small businesses, churches and students. The community is encouraged to volunteer, with 500 packers needed to reach the 100,000-meal goal. Volunteers can sign up for two-hour time slots.
Elk River, MN (March 22, 2015) – The 2015-2016 Amsoil Championship Snocross season has come to a close upon the conclusion of the Nielsen’s Snocross Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, WI. The 2015-2016 season proved to be one of great challenges for the Carlson Moto riders and crew, but as is the case with most meaningful challenges, the pain of the season was accompanied with some much deserved gains. The inaugural Pro Open season for Ryan Springer and Andrew Carlson has ultimately equipped both riders with a few bumps and bruises, but also with a much better understanding of what it takes to compete at the highest level in all of snowmobile racing. And while the talented crew of Carlson Moto mechanics would be the first to admit that the sleds fell short of their expectations on the track this year, they too gained some valuable experience and are committed to charging into next season with an improved understanding of the “ante” and a fierce competitive commitment.
Elk River, Minnesota (March 7, 2016) – Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Ill.) welcomed the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour for the second-to-last stop of the season. Rounds 13 and 14 took place on one of the more technical and challenging tracks that racers encountered this season. The large oval course had deep holes and a precarious whoop section, which claimed many riders throughout the weekend and gave the fans in attendance some spectacular crashes to witness.
Carlson Moto riders Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer had a solid weekend tearing it up in the ever-diminishing Pro Open field, with Carlson qualifying in the front row of the final both nights due to his repeat win in the LCQ Friday and Saturday. Springer made the final both nights as well, though he battled some tough luck while fighting a nagging back injury. Carlson finished in the top-ten Friday night, coming across the line in ninth. Springer would go on to finish in 12th after getting tangled with another rider early in the race. Bad luck once again hit the team Saturday, with Springer collecting with another rider off the start and Carlson having an unfortunate dismount after making his way up to eighth place. Carlson was showing impressive speed and made some great passes before he hit a hard edge on the track, ending his chances of a top-five finish.
Elk River, Minnesota (March 1, 2016) – Front row qualifying and continued holeshot progression propelled Carlson Moto to its strongest finish of the season as Ryan Springer nabbed a fourth-place finish at the Ram Trucks Snocross National in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour set up shop at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for rounds 11 and 12, where unseasonably warm temperatures created challenging track conditions that deteriorated throughout the weekend.
Elk River, Minnesota (February 23, 2016) – Months of preparation and planning by the ERX MotorPark and Red Bull staff came to fruition on Saturday at the inaugural Red Bull Snow Boundaries race at Carlson Moto’s home track. Over 12 million gallons of water were used to make enough snow for the 8-mile track, designed to push the limits of athletes and machines, and deliver a challenge and experience unlike any other snowmobile race. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the course remained intact with the conditions only adding to the challenging track. The first of its kind event brought together both cross-country and snocross competitors as they raced all-out for more than one-hour on a course that combined high speeds, slushy ponds, big jumps and an unrelenting onslaught of whoops. Nearly 230 riders competed in two classes, giving the nearly 5,000 spectators in attendance a show they’ll never forget.
Elk River, Minnesota (February 9, 2016) – Green grass, temps in the 50s and large crowds greeted Carlson Moto to the East Coast for rounds nine and ten of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series in Salamanca, N.Y. Things looked a little different this year with mud puddles replacing the spectator parking lots full of snowmobiles as in years past.
Elk River, Minnesota (January 26, 2016) – It’s been more than 100-years since historic Deadwood, S.D. was home to gunslingers, gamblers and gold miners, yet as you walk the streets you can still feel their presence. This past weekend, the smell of gun smoke was replaced by the distinctive scent of race fuel as the world’s best snocross racers faced off in front of a sold-out crowd at the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds.
Elk River, Minnesota (January 12, 2016) – No one said it was going to be easy as both Carlson Motorsports drivers made the jump to the elite Pro Open class for the 2015-16 International Series of Champions (ISOC) AMSOIL Snocross tour. Both riders have shown the speed and skill necessary to affirm they belong amongst the best snocross racers in the world. With riders and crew making gains through testing and practice, a new elevated starting line was unveiled at this past weekend’s Canterbury Park national tour stop in Shakopee, Minnesota; placing a new hurdle to overcome at the iconic racing venue.
Elk River, Minnesota (December 15, 2015) – With season opener jitters behind them, Carlson Motorsports attacked the Buffalo River Race Park track with greater confidence and intensity as the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series visited Fargo, N.D. for rounds 3 and 4 of the national tour. Both Pro-Open rookie drivers flashed front of the pack with speed and ability as they battled the best snocross racers in the world.
Elk River, Minnesota (December 3, 2015) – As Plato once said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series season opener in Duluth, MN this past weekend marked the start of Ryan Springer and Andrew Carlson’s Pro Open snocross careers. While their results may appear to be less than spectacular on paper, they both walked away with a better understanding of what it takes to run with the best racers in the world in the sport’s premier class.
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Elk River, Minnesota (August 20, 2015) – It was only fitting the very track to introduce the Carlson family to short-course off-road truck racing is also where Andrew Carlson would notch his first podium finish this past weekend. Faced with a steep learning curve at the start of the season, The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Pro-Light rookie driver showed unrelenting determination to learn the nuances of TORC racing – gaining insight, speed and confidence with every race. It all came together in Bark River, Michigan where Carlson qualified fast, raced even faster and finished third at the line.
Elk River, Minnesota (August 12, 2015) – The hills of Sturgis, South Dakota rumbled during the 75th Anniversary of the legendary biker rally. Yet none of the chrome laden V-Twin bikes were as loud, as raucous, or more exciting than the trucks competing at the Battle at the Chip during The Off-Road Championship (TORC) short track truck racing series. Providing plenty of the thunder was TORC rookie Andrew Carlson, who continued to rapidly progress in the series, narrowly missing the podium by just a fraction of a second.
Elk River, Minnesota (July 28, 2015) – With barely half of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) 2016 season in the books, Pro-Light rookie Andrew Carlson of Carlson Motorsports has quickly established himself as a rising force, rumbling off a string of top-five finishes and adapting to a multitude of tracks and conditions. The quick study and ability of Andrew along with the professionalism of the Carlson Motorsports team has already prompted first year sponsor Atturo Tire to extend and expand their relationship with the team through the 2016 season.
Elk River, Minnesota (July 15, 2015) – The challenge of running with the best racers in professional short track off-road racing reared its ugly head this past weekend as The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series visited Charlotte, North Carolina. Pro-Light rookie Andrew Carlson looked to continue his momentum and rapid learning curve that had already netted him several top-five finishes. Instead a wall of heat, ever-changing track conditions, and hard luck in both finals met him head on.
Elk River, Minnesota (July 2, 2015) – With momentum on his side, Andrew Carlson looked to continue his climb to the front of the Pro-Light pack after an impressive fourth place finish a week prior in Chicago in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series. Facing the oversized and high-speed Crandon Off-Road International Raceway, Carlson would overcome day-one adversity and notch another fourth place finish on Sunday, displaying the speed and skill required to run with the fastest drivers in the class.
Elk River, MN (May 20th, 2015) – Andrew Carlson took another major step forward in his progression in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) short course racing series this past weekend at the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet Illinois. Carlson battled from a deep starting position to eventually tangle with current points leader Kyle Hart for a podium position in Friday’s final, finishing fourth and just one-half-second behind.
Elk River, MN (May 20th, 2015) – With confidence growing and his speed increasing with every lap, Andrew Carlson made a successful 2015 debut in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) short course racing series in St. Louis, MO. Despite a weekend that started out with persistent rain, a challenging muddy track for Sunday’s double header of racing, and limited practice, Carlson proved to himself and the rest of the Pro-Light field he is a bona fide competitor in the series.
Elk River, MN (May 14th, 2015) – The dream is about to become reality this weekend as rising professional snocross racing star Andrew Carlson of Carlson Motorsports will get behind the wheel and hit the dirt for the Rumble on the River in St. Louis, MO, (May 16/17). Racing in the two-wheel drive Pro-Light division, it will be Andrew’s first race of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) 2015 series as he looks to break into the world of short track off-road truck racing.
March 29th, 2015 // Elk River, MN – Winter. Snow. Two topics most of us complain about are two of Andrew Carlson’s favorite words. The Elk River, Minnesota, native has been riding snowmobiles since he was three, and is now entering his fourth season as a professional snocross racer.
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Elk River, MN (March 18th, 2015) – A perfect ending to what can only be described as a season of domination by Carlson Motorsports unfolded at the Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin this past weekend. Pro-Lite rookie Ryan Springer won the year-end crown with relative ease and teammate Andrew Carlson finished strong on Sunday with a podium and enough points to slot in behind Springer for second place overall in the Pro-Lite rankings.