Tucker Hibbert is Back on Board with Arctic Cat for 2008Wednesday, August 8, 2007 | 7:18 AM
Hibbert to Race Six Select Snocross Events
Thief River Falls, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2007) – Tucker Hibbert will continue his longtime relationship with Team Arctic Racing for the 2007-2008 snocross season.
Coming off one of the most successful seasons of his career, Hibbert will race the first five World PowerSports Association’s Snowmobile events and ESPN’s Winter X Games before moving on to his fifth American Motorcyclist Association’s Supercross Lites East Coast series.
“I’m really excited about re-signing with Arctic Cat and racing the new SnoPro 600. I’ve been with them my entire career and it’s awesome to have support from such a great company,” Hibbert said.
“I have a long-term relationship with Tucker and have known him since he was a boy,” said Team Arctic’s Race Director, Russ Ebert. “His dedication to motorsports is extremely high. Tucker showed last year how quickly he could come back and rise to the top. I believe that he will have an even stronger presence in the snocross arena for the 2007-2008 season. All of us at Arctic Cat are very excited to have Tucker back on board for another year.”
Hibbert returned to the WPSA Snowmobile Tour last year after a three-year, semi-retirement to focus on his motorcycle career. His first year back, he won four WPSA pro finals and the gold medal at the prestigious Winter X Games. Hibbert now holds 29 WPSA pro wins and six Winter X Games snocross medals.
“I consider this past year the most successful of my career in snocross, supercross and motocross. Racing year round and competing at the highest level in two sports keeps me competitive and on top of my mental game. I’m confident and hopeful that I can start this new snocross season right where I left off, on-top,” Hibbert said.
Similar to the 2006-2007 season, Hibbert will be operating his own team. His father and recent Snowmobile Hall of Fame inductee, Kirk Hibbert, will return as his crew chief with Paul Engelstad as his mechanic. Again, Arctic Cat has given Hibbert the flexibility to bring in his own title and associate sponsors.
“I’m fortunate to have such a unique program with Arctic Cat,” Hibbert said. “I take a lot of pride in having my own team. I consider my dad and Paul two of the most talented mechanics in the industry. We had a blast working together last year. Also, having my own team allows me to continue long-term relationships with past sponsors and begin relationships with new sponsors.”
Hibbert has two scheduled motocross events before he heads back to snocross; the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn. Aug. 12 and the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals East/West Shootout in Walton, Ontario Aug. 19. Hibbert will kick-off his snocross season Nov. 23 at the AMSOIL Duluth National at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn.