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TODAY Show Correspondent Sara Haines Visits Arctic Cat Factory

Builds 2014 Arctic Cat Snowmobile And Learns To Ride Snocross With Tucker Hibbert

Published online: Mar 01, 2013 News
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Thief River Falls, MN - Sara Haines is a contributing correspondent for NBC News' TODAY. Haines appears daily on the fourth hour of TODAY alongside hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, covering fan updates and interacting with viewers via Facebook, Twitter and KLGandHoda.com.

Haines recently visited the Arctic Cat factory in Thief River Falls, MN to film a segment that will tentatively air on March 5 at 11 a.m. CT. (Check your local listings.) Haines rolled up her sleeves and learned how to build a 2014 ZR 6000 El Tigre snowmobile on the assembly line, where she loaded the robotic self-piercing rivet cells and installed shocks, hoods and even windshields.

"We were amazed at how quickly Sara adapted to working on our snowmobile assembly line," said Arctic Cat manufacturing manager Troy Skime. "We would be honored to hire her and most importantly, the ZR 6000 El Tigre she assembled passed our inspection."

After her visit to the Arctic Cat Factory, Haines took a trip to Fertile, MN, to spend the afternoon at the Christian Bros. race shop with the goal of learning how to ride with Team Arctic racer and current ISOC snocross points leader Tucker Hibbert.

Haines started her snocross learning experience aboard Evan Christian's Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500 with direction from Hibbert on how to use the throttle and brakes, lean in the corners and even how to stand up while riding on an oval track. She then progressed to the National-sized snocross track that the Pro racers use.

"Sara was nervous but is a fast learner, and immediately she looked comfortable on the Sno Pro 500," Hibbert said. "In no time, she moved up from the flat oval track to the actual National-level snocross track. She didn't want to stop riding and even caught a little air. It was impressive for a first-time rider and her huge smile proved that everyone should try snowmobiling."