Makita Power Tools has returned as a sponsor of one of snocross racing’s top teams, joining NSK and BRP’s Ski-Doo brand as official sponsors. Makita Tools NSK Ski-Doo Factory Racing will compete in the 2015-16 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series, the featured national series within International Series of Champions (ISOC) snocross racing.
Makita has also expanded its snocross presence, becoming the Official Power Tool Sponsor ISOC and a Presenting Race Sponsor of the Snocross National in Fargo.
A Top Team, with the Hardware to Prove It
The team has been a competitive force in professional snocross snowmobile racing since it was formed in 1999, and has captured five season championships in AMSOIL Championship Snocross.
“In championship snocross racing, this team is consistently on the box and has earned the hardware to prove it,” said Brent Withey, director of brand marketing, Makita USA. “As a returning sponsor, we know that end users who follow snocross and come out to the races are brand loyal, so it’s natural to partner with ISOC as it allows us to reach these fans off the job site, and let them experience Makita’s latest innovation.”
“As a sponsor of winning teams in action sports, Makita brings energy and innovation,” said Mark Warnert, co-owner of the team. “They also bring the world’s best power tools for our crews. Whether it’s in the shop or in the pits on race day, Makita gives our technicians the tools they need even in the worst conditions.”
“ISOC Racing President Carl Schubitzke stated “We are excited to partner with Makita this year. Our team relies on tools to work in the most extreme conditions, and the only tools we trust are Makita.”
Proven Talent Returns for 2015-16 Season
Makita Tools NSK® Ski-Doo Factory Racing is entering the 2015-16 season with proven racing talent. Two-time Swedish Pro-Lite Champion John Stenberg #259 returns to the Pro Open class after several top-10 finishes in 2014-15. Fellow countryman Elias Ishoel #200 is the defending 2014-15 runner-up in the Pro-Lite class, and will be seen as a frontrunner in the new season.
Official Tool of ISOC Snocross Racing
Makita’s new status as Official Tool of ISOC means an increased snocross presence. Makita tools will be in the hands of ISOC staff as they build and maintain race venues. In addition, Makita will also be integrated into all races in the 2015-16 season with on-site activation that will include demonstrations and displays, allowing snocross race fans to see the very latest in Makita innovation.
Snocross is similar to motocross in the style of racing on closed circuits of varying shapes and sizes containing high-flying jumps, bumps and corners in both directions. The racing is close quarters with the riders rarely seated because of the rough conditions and speeds up to 65 mph. The 2015-16 season runs through March and includes national broadcast coverage on the CBS Sports Network.