Spicer, Minn. – Former
racing champion Brian Nelson of Spicer, MN, announced today the formation of
USXC, a new snowmobile cross-country racing circuit that will provide a series
of terrain races in the Midwest during the
2012-2013 season. The USXC (United States X-Country) series will consist of six
to eight events including a premier three-day, 500-mile cross-country race held
in Northwestern Minnesota.
The goal of USXC is to continue the tradition racer-friendly events at many of
the classic cross-country venues, giving drivers, crews and fans the best
“There have been many great cross-country racing organizations over the years,
most recently with the USCC,” Nelson said. “USCC was an excellent circuit that
rescued and grew the sport. When they communicated that they would cease
operations after last season, I wanted to keep cross-country racing strong and
growing. I pursued the idea of purchasing USCC, but for many reasons that
proved unworkable. The best solution was to form USXC.”
Nelson is currently assembling a team of experienced people to help run USXC,
as well as creating a schedule with existing, race-friendly communities. Events
will include traditional ditch, river and woods courses as well as lake
courses, all of which will emphasize driver skill and endurance. Nelson intends
for USXC to be an ISR affiliate, so racers can expect common rules and safety
Nelson has a long and storied history in the snowmobile industry. He was a
legendary cross-country racer who won the Winnipeg-to-St.
Paul I-500 in 1976 aboard Enduro Team Deere and again in 1978 for Team Arctic.
He has owned a multi-brand snowmobile dealership, hosted and promoted ISOC
cross-country races and NSSR speed run events in the 1990s. Nelson has operated
a snowmobile and motorcycle tour business since 1980 and was inducted into the
Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2000. His most recent foray into snowmobile racing
was in 2011, when he competed in the vintage class at the USCC Red Lake I-500.
“Cross-country snowmobile racing has been my life for more than 40 years,”
Nelson said, “I owe a debt of gratitude to the people and circuits that
provided races during those years.
“Starting USXC is my way to give back to the sport I love. With the support of
a great team of people, the industry and racers, we will preserve and even grow
cross-country snowmobile racing in the years ahead.”
Racers and fans who are interested in learning more about USXC should e-mail
their name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions, contact: Brian Nelson, 320-894-5839