Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 ICE Speedway Final Round Takes Place This Weekend in Johnstown, PA

Jared Mees gets ready to roll out for heat race #5 on his #1 Honda during round 4 of the 2012 ICE Speedway Series at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL. on January 21.  Mees, the 2-Time defending and 3-Time ICE Speedway Series Manufacturers Cup Bike Champion, has won all four rounds on the season and looks to make it five in a row on Saturday, February 4 in Johnstown, PA. as he hopes to wrap up his fourth overall championship in the 36th Annual ICE Speedway Championship Series.  Following Mees out for the heat are Rob 'Bugs' Pearson on his #27 Yamaha and Derek Hersh on his #18 Kawasaki.

Press release courtesy of ICE Speedway Series

2012 World Championship ICE Racing Series Championship Weekend!

WHAT: 36th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series Grand Finale

WHERE: Cambria County War Memorial - Johnstown, PA

WHEN: Saturday Night February 4th at 7:30PM

WHO: World's Top Professional Indoor Ice Racers


The stage is now set for what could be the most exciting and dramatic conclusion to a World Championship ice racing season in the sport's 36 year history. Two World Champions will be crowned Saturday night after 2 1/2 hours of high speed action packed racing has been contested.

The thoroughbreds of ice racing are the exotic Manufacturers World Cup Motorcycles. Lightning quick state-of-the-art bikes with powerful 4-stroke engines that propel riders from 0-60MPH in less than 3 seconds - on ice! These lightweight aluminum framed factory race bikes are made by the world's leading manufacturers including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and others. The engine size and overall bike weight, wheel sizes and machine dimensions are very similar with all the different marks creating parity on the race track. Creating an atmosphere of parity with the machines allows the racer and his tuner's talents to be showcased and not so much the motorcycle.

The ICE/International Championship Events sanctioned World Championship Ice Racing Series attracts many of the top professional riders on the planet. Heading up the field in Johnstown is "Jammin" Jared Mees formerly from Honey Brook, PA now making Clio, MI his home. Mees is 3-time and defending Ice Racing World Champion. He also owns two AMA Grand National Dirt Track Championships racing his XR750 Harley-Davidson during the summer months. Jared is the odds on favorite to win it all Saturday night but there are some heavy hitters coming to town that would like nothing more than to ruin his night. Just a few of the notables are 2009 World Champion Kevin "The Viking" Anderson from Cambridge, MN; "Captain" Kirk Cheney from Hastings, MI; "Freight Train" Tom McGrane from Gapp, PA and "Sideways" Sammy Wiggins from Pomeroy, PA.

Bryan McKenna #19 and Jared Mees #1 battle during a Manufacturers Cup Bike event as part of the 2012 ICE Speedway Series.  ICE Speedway photo by Mirage Photography.

The second professional division of competition are the almost indescribable ICE Unlimited Outlaw Quads. These wild and wooley machines are best known for having almost no rules. They are custom built from scratch or highly modified 4-wheel ATV's, designed and set-up specifically for indoor ice racing. Any size engine is allowed, any chassis configuration can run, any fuel, nitrous oxide is OK - well you get the picture. One of the few rules that all pros must comply with, in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel competition, only Silver Rockets Ice Racing Studs are allowed to be installed in the tires. The amount is unlimited but the exact stud make is strictly regulated, once again to create parity. These specially made razor sharp directional studs can be "tuned" by the mechanics to achieve great forward drive and sidebite, sometimes more than the rider can handle! Wild, fast bump and grind action is what the Outlaw Quads are famous for. Wrecks on the tight indoor ice tracks are common.

Dusty Crouch on his #144 Honda Unlimited Outlaw Quad gets some air during a 2012 ICE Speedway Series event.  ICE Speedway photo by Mirage Photography.

This weekend's Quad World Championship Finale just could be history in the making. There is a strong possibility the sport of arena ice racing may see its first 5-time World Champion crowned. Surprising to many is the racer capable of accomplishing this unprecedented feat is a lady! Veteran of 14 years of professional ice racing 4-time and defending World Champion Mandy "Wild Child" Brodil from Poplar Branch, NC goes into Saturday night's competition with a strong WC Points lead. It's not a done deal but if she can win her two Heat Races it's all over. If Mandy doesn't do that she will have to come back with a strong Main Event finish to win her 5th Title, something no other rider has achieved in either pro ice racing division.

Mandy Brodil on her #1 Honda Unlimited Outlaw Quad is in the middle of a battle during round 4 of the 2012 ICE Speedway Series stop at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL. on January 21.  ICE Speedway photo by Stevi Smith.

The Outlaw Quads offer racers and fans rough, no holds barred, anything goes competition and they attract some of the most colorful characters in all of racing. Riders hoping to spoil Mandy's night and win the big cash are Chuck Calvert from Madison, WI with his Harley-Davidson V-Twin powered "Thunder Quad"; "Stuntman" Ken Remer from Burlington, WI; team "Kansas Tornados" Dusty Crouch, Justin McGilton and Kevin Smith all from Topeka; Mark Blythstone and Jason Fisher from near by Indiana, PA just to name a few.

Tickets Just $5 Bucks! + applicable fees

CLICK HERE or Tickets are available at the War Memorial Box Office,, By Phone at 800-745-3000 or at all Ticketmaster Outlets. The Greatest Spectacle On ICE!tm gets underway at 7:30PM sharp. Thrilling racing excitement the whole family will enjoy!

Special amateur classes are offered to local racers wanting to give it a go in front of the hometown fans. If you have a quad and want to be part of the show contact ICE at

World Championship Ice Racing media contact:

Brent Densford (843) 750-0741

-Celebrating 35 years of arena motorsports entertainment excellence-


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