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Elk River, Minnesota (March 28, 2011)
Snowmobile in the air More speed, more confidence, and more to come… Johan Lidman and Andrew Carlson made their intentions clear for next season as the Grand Finale in Lake Geneva closed the doors on the 2010-2011 season. The International Series of Champions (ISOC) year-end race proved to be a culmination of season-long battles, championships, stamina, and perhaps most importantly for Carlson Motorsports, a harbinger for next winter.

It was a year of continuous improvement both on and off the track for the Arctiva/Arctic Cat team, and for first year pro Johan Lidman and first year semi-pro Andrew Carlson, it was chance to demonstrate beyond a doubt they not only belong on the national tour, but more success is on the horizon. The team gelled with improved communication, came to the line with better-prepared equipment, was blessed with unwavering sponsor support, and demonstrated laser focus, week in and week out.

Those attributes were on display in Geneva as the team was faced with the longest and most challenging track of the season. With a goal of finishing in the year-end top-ten in both pro classes, rookie pro Johan Lidman exhibited downhill "bombing" speeds that earned the lean youngster his "Swede with Speed" nickname. Geneva's downhill sections were nothing short of near vertical stretches of land mines, yet Johan found lines and the nerve to "pinch-it" where others refused. His speedy qualifing efforts gave him the points needed to reach his goal, finishing the season 10th overall in Pro Stock and 7th overall in Pro Open. Unfortunately those same downhill-bombing runs sent Johan tumbling like a Swedish meatball while battling for the second position in the Pro-Stock final. With over half the field experiencing a dismount in the final, it was certainly not an unusual sight, but the "off" ended Johan's chances for a podium finish.

Team Sportech Mechanical woes did more than slow the speedy Swede during Sunday's Pro Open final, where Johan had worked his way up to 7th from a back-row start. With two-laps remaining, LIdman's belt grenaded, ending his drive to the front of the pack.

Still feeling the pain from a severely bruised back sustained a week previously in Elko, Minnesota, Semi-Pro rising star, Andrew Carlson was determined to claim his fifth top-ten finish of the season. Competing in a field with several riders who undoubtedly will race in the pro ranks next winter, Andrew cranked out a heat win, a second place heat finish, and a flag-to-flag LCQ win. While Carlson had to start from the back row on Saturday, his strong qualifying efforts Sunday netted him third pick on the front row main event where he finished a respectable 9th place. "It was a big adjustment for me to move up and race at this level," said Carlson during the year-end awards ceremony in the Grand Geneva Resort. "I learned what it takes to compete at this level and I guarantee you I'll be ready for Duluth this fall."

Team owner Chris Carlson was beaming during the awards ceremony, knowing he has two hard charging riders who cut their teeth this season and are poised for greatness next winter. "It's so rewarding for me to watch how our team has progressed this season," Carlson said. "Johan had so many obstacles to overcome, not just on the race track, but in adapting to a new home and a new country. He proved he could compete against the best in the sport… and Andrew grew so much as well, not only finding more speed, but most importantly becoming mentally tough."

Lidman achieved his goal of year-end top-ten finishes, and in addition, was named Pro Privateer of the Year, an honor bestowed upon the top pro rider of any non-factory team.

The International Series of Champions experienced its most successful season to date, drawing huge crowds, introducing new venues to the tour such as the Pontiac Silverdome, and generating high-water marks for television viewers. Carlson Motorsports would like to give special thanks to all of its sponsors who are committed partners to the fastest growing national snocross team. To learn more about Carlson Motorsports LLC, and how you can partner in their success next season, visit their website at www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com

Elk River, MN (March 3, 2011)
Snowmobile in the air A string of podiums and a year-end championship in Pro Am Stock/Open in the International Series of Champions (ISOC) Minnesota Regional tour has first year Semi-Pro rider Andrew Carlson's sights set on the ISOC National Tour's top ten. The past week was one of the strongest ever for the Arctiva/Arctic Cat backed Carlson, completing three days of racing with three class wins, two additional podiums and the year-end championship in the regional Pro Am ranks.

The winning ways started Thursday night, during the NOS Energy Drink Grassroots Snocross Series in Elk River, Minnesota. The hometown track for Andrew, the evening provided some low-pressure preparation for the weekend's regional finale at the same track. Racing against many of the same competitors he faces on the national tour including Chase Rosemeyer, who is currently sitting sixth in national points, Carlson won the Pro Am class and finished a hard fought third in Semi-Pro Super Stock.

Team Sportech With confidence oozing, the final ISOC Minnesota Regional race of the year would entail two full days of racing, with many year-end championships coming down to the wire. For Carlson, that battle to the wire would be fought against the Ski-doo riding duo of Cole Manning and Travis Muller, as well as fellow Cat pilot Devin Bertoch. With just a handful of points separating them, Carlson would have to ride nearly flawless to capture the year-end title, and that's just what he did, winning two heat races and finishing with a win on Saturday and oh-so-close second place score on Sunday. It was enough to give Carlson the year-end crown.

In Pro Super Stock competition, the Carlson freight train wasn't done, rolling to heat wins on Saturday and Sunday. A pair of wins in the finals looked to be in the making as well, but an electrical gremlin stopped him just short of victory in Saturday's final. Carlson did secure a convincing win in Sunday's Pro Super Stock class, beating former pro rider Matt Bristow, as well as Bertoch and Muller.

"It was a great week of practice and racing for Andrew," said team owner and manager Chris Carlson. "Andrew continues to improve, find speed, and mature as a racer. These wins and the regional championship could be just what it takes to spur him on to finishing in the top ten points on the national tour." Andrew is currently on track to meet that goal. The next race will be just across the border in Hayward, Wisconsin for the Hayward Powersports National, March 5-6. Then the national tour will conclude with stops in Elko, Minnesota March 12-13; and finishing with the Grand Finale, March 18-20 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

To learn more about Team Sportech Racing and how your company or brand can partner and share in their success, visit their website at www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com

Elk River, Minnesota (February 8, 2011) Team Sportech
Freakish is perhaps the best way to describe the Eastern Nationals in Farmington, New York, where Tucker Hibbert experienced his first loss of the season. But it was the freakish fast runs of Johan Lidman and Andrew Carlson that highlighted the efforts for Carlson Motorsports, punctuated with a strong top ten finish in Pro Open for Lidman and an oh-so-close to the podium finish for Carlson on Saturday.

With half the national tour complete, it has become evident the speed of the young Swedish gun Johan Lidman is increasing by the week. With flashes of smart line choices early in the season and his ability to adapt to the aggressive tactics of North American snocross, Johan is fast becoming a podium threat as the season transitions into the second half. During Friday's Pro Super Stock final, Johan worked his way to the front of the pack and ran as high as 6th before an unfortunate "off" ended his run.

Lidman made his way into Saturday's Pro Open final with a blistering flag to flag victory in the Last Chance Qualifier, and then proceeded to pull another massive holeshot in the final and picked some nifty lines as he worked his way from a back row start to 4th before settling for a strong 7th place finish at the checkered.

Even more impressive was first year Semi-Pro talent Andrew Carlson, who despite being one of the youngest racers in the class, continues to gain speed and more importantly finishing positions each and every weekend. Unfortunately Carlson's speed went for naught as a scoring snafu mistakenly had Carlson missing the front row of the Friday night final. While the issue was later corrected on Saturday, Carlson was forced to the LCQ where he just missed a chance for a back row start by one position.
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Still fuming over the scoring hiccup, Andrew put that energy to good use on Saturday, charging through two talent-laden qualifiers for a well-deserved front row starting position in what many would consider the toughest national class on tour. Those close to Carlson know his typical week consists of school and practice, lots and lots of practice, and that conditioning played a huge roll in the Saturday final as the course grew extremely rough over the grueling 15-lap final. At the checkered, Carlson crossed the line just outside the podium box in 4th, but held off several veterans of the Semi-Pro class in the process.

Clearly the confidence of Carlson is growing and even Andrew is recognizing his improvement week over week. "I'm making better decisions on the track," said Andrew. "The guys in the trailer have my Arctic Cat working flawlessly and the crew from FOX shocks are constantly working with Johan and me to get the shock set-up just right for track conditions. I'm really excited for the second half of the season."

The Eastern Nationals also spells a chance for the Carlson Motorsports team to spend some time with one of their long-time partners, Sheffield Plastics who are located just up the road in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Several representatives of Sheffield Plastics joined Carlson Motorsports at the track, where they got to hang out in the race hauler, meet Lidman and Carlson, and enjoy the top ten efforts of the team on Saturday.

With less than a week between stops, the Carlson crew and hauler will stay on the road this week as they prepare to battle indoors at the Michigan Nationals in the Pontiac Silverdome. It's been several years since an indoor snocross has taken place, and teams will have to deal with unusually warm air temperatures and sure to be sloppy snow conditions at the one-day event slated for February 12th.

To learn more about Carlson Motorsports LLC, and how you can partner and share in their success, visit their website at www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com


True Grit and Rolling Stones Make for Turning Point Weekend in Utah Johan Lidman Views Weekend as "Unacceptable"; Carlson Rides Fueled with Aggression and Intensity Signaling a Key Moment in His Development as a Top Rider Elk River, Minnesota.
There's a reason Swedes feel at home in Minnesota, it could be the similar climate, the folksy demeanor, or the plentiful holiday Lutefisk dinners; but it could also be Swedes just can't get what they want anywhere else. Such was the case for Johan Lidman this past weekend during the Piranha-X Western Nationals in Sandy, Utah. Despite dogged determination and focus, Johan found himself at the end of the buffet line throughout the day, plagued by poor starts, mechanical gremlins, and uncharacteristically poor line choices.

Lidman came into the weekend looking to build on his fourth and sixth place standings in the year-end points battle in Pro Open and Pro Stock respectively. But a string of bad starts and an apparent Utah state magnetism, that sucked the Swede into every on-track pile-up, forced Johan to settle for a weekend without injury and little else. In both classes Johan had to go through the last chance qualifier (LCQ), something he has had little experience with thus far this season. In both instances he took some lumps and finished just outside the final transfer spot.

"This is unacceptable," the normally quiet Johan stammered upon coming off the track for the final time. Johan Lidman

"Johan just kept blurting out 'Oof-da, doof-da' when he returned to the trailer," said Team Owner and part-time Swedish Sports Psychiatrist Chris Carlson. "We lured him down off the ledge of the trailer with a piping hot bowl of Swedish meatballs and turned that energy into determination for Winter X Games 15."

In all seriousness, Carlson remained positive on the weekend saying despite the setbacks he was impressed with Johan's attitude and willingness to embrace the frustration and forge ahead. "Don't count out the little Swede. The difference between a truly dedicated racer and those who just go through the motions is how they respond to adversity… I'm confident the 'Swede with Speed' will be back."

The weekend was much different for Team Sportech teammate Andrew Carlson, who despite having a late in the final dismount keeping him from posting his best finish of the season, appeared to finally display the true grit necessary to battle at the front of the incredibly talent laden national Semi-Pro field.

Qualifying efforts for Andrew began with a solid first heat despite a poor start and was followed by an early lead in heat two before an over-zealous competitor literally landed on Carlson's sled, eliminating him from the race. That forced Carlson to qualify for the final through the LCQ and almost immediately it appeared that route too would fail to bear fruit. A good start in the LCQ turned bad quickly as another racer wedged a ski under Carlson's tunnel, locking the two sleds into an immovable duo. By the time the wrestling match ended, Andrew found himself in last place and it was at that moment the switch flipped. Like a man on a mission, Carlson snaked his way through traffic riding with an element of intensity not seen in the young rider before.

When the checkered unfurled, Andrew had worked his way up into the final transfer spot and a back row start in the main event.

"Andrew came back into the trailer after the race mad as a charging bull," Chris Carlson said. "He was muttering about bone head moves on the track and just fuming, he didn't even acknowledge he had made it into the final. It was competitive side of him I hadn't seen, and one that made me happy."

While a closing lap miscalculation in the final prevented Carlson from gaining his best Semi-Pro finish of the season, if he continues to ride with the same intensity, good things are bound to happen.

The team will now start final preparations for the 2011 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, January 27-30. Joining Johan Lidman in X Games competition will be Jesse Gildea, an adaptive snocross athlete who is paralyzed from the chest down and competing in the Winter X Adaptive Snocross event.

To learn more about Team Sportech Racing and how your company or brand can partner and share in their success, visit their website at www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com

Elk River, Minnesota March 15, 2010

Bauerly Looks to Win Pro Privateer Honors in Both Classes Hayward Produces Best Finish of the Season for Bauerly; Carlson Scores Podium in Sport #

Chris Carlson

The warriors of winter returned to the national battle front in Hayward, Wisconsin, March 6-7; as the International Series of Champions (ISOC) National Snocross Tour neared the end of a competitive season. After several weeks of stepped-up competition in the Semi-Pro ranks, Team Sportech’s Andrew Carlson returned to the national Sport ranks with more confidence and speed than ever before. Both traits were clearly present as Carlson easily moved on to front row final positions with superb qualifying efforts including a pair of heat wins in Sport Stock #2.
In the Sport Stock #1 final Carlson pulled an impressive holeshot and was leading the pack when one of his skis caught the outside edge of the track and he was thrown off the track, moving him from first to 15th place in a matter of seconds. Carlson re-mounted his machine and with some fast lines and smooth moves worked his way through the pack up to the third position to grab a podium spot. He narrowly missed a podium in Sport Stock #2 with a fourth place effort; Travis Muller took top honors in both sport classes with some amazing starts and spooky-fast lap times.
“The top riders in the Sport class are extremely talented,” said Andrew. “We’re still within striking distance of the year-end title but it’s gonna take a perfect weekend from us and a few mistakes from our competitors to make it happen. My job in Lake Geneva is simple …win.”
At the top level of national competition, first year pro driver Paul Bauerly has slowly been finding his rhythm this season - faced with a new team, a new snowmobile and a dramatically higher level of competition. In Hayward, the pieces started to gel, as Paul put together consistent qualifying efforts in Pro Super Stock and then followed it up with his best finish of the year, narrowly missing the podium with a fourth place effort. The consistent runs however did give Bauerly a rather comfortable lead in the ISOC Pro-Privateer standings in both Pro Open and Pro Super Stock.
Leading his nearest competitors by 20-points in Pro Open and whopping 53-points in Super Stock, the Pro Privateer title in both classes is all but assured for Bauerly, barring a major mechanical failure during the final race of the season in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
“Paul was so close to his first Pro podium in Hayward, said Team Owner Chris Carlson. “We know he has the goods to make it happen, but this first year has been a tremendous learning experience for both Paul and the team. The competition at this level is incredibly difficult; you need to bring you’re A-game every week if you expect to do well. While we haven’t found the podium yet for Paul, we had our sites set on the Pro Privateer titles from day one and we are on track to capture not one, but both in Lake Geneva.”
Team Sportech will compete in the final ISOC National Snocross event of the season in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, March 20-21. Immediately following the event, ISOC will host a year-end banquet and awards ceremony.

About Team Sportech
Team Sportech Racing is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on the track and off, and are driven to excellence in everything we do. Our racing organization is driven by a deep-rooted passion for the sport and an operational philosophy grounded in integrity. Team Sportech Racing is located at 10800 175th Avenue NW, Elk River, MN 55330 and can be reached at 763-712-3965. Visit them online at www.teamsportechracing.com

Testimonial from Chris Carlson of Sportech Racing

It’s been an exciting season so far and we are looking forward to a strong finish as we head into the final stretch. Our first-year pro Paul Bauerly had an exciting 5th place finish at the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. This year’s spectator attendance and television ratings were huge, setting new records. We are also in the hunt for two ISOC season points championships with our Sport/Semi-Pro rider Andrew Carlson. The #151 is having a great year and he is getting faster each week.

I wanted to share with you the outstanding results that we’ve been experiencing with our Torco products. I’ve been very impressed with the quality and consistency of the lubricants, and it’s comforting to know that we are using the very best technology available. We’ve had outstanding results with the Torco SSO synthetic snowmobile oil. We have seen a definite improvement in piston and ring wear on our race engines. I’ve been watching closely as we perform our regular engine maintenance, and there’s no question that we’ve seen an improvement in piston and ring life. When we do change pistons and rings, I’ve been amazed at how clean everything looks. We’re seeing fewer carbon deposits, less heat-induced scoring and an overall improvement in durability. I’ve been saving the pistons and showing some of the other teams in the pits. One of the top Arctic Cat factory team owners was absolutely amazed at the condition of our pistons after several grueling races. We did a comparison with one of his pistons with the same amount of hours of use, and the difference was literally remarkable. I’ll continue to document the success that we are experiencing and I’ll gladly share any data that I have with you.

Bauerly Rocks ESPN Winter X Games with Top Performance of the Season
Front Row Status in the Final; Paul Narrowly Misses a Medal in Talent Deep Field

Elk River, Minnesota (February 2, 2010) – In what many deem to be the biggest and most important race in the snowmobile industry, Team Sportech and first year pro Paul Bauerly put together an impressive performance at ESPN’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this past January 31st. Pitted against a field of the world’s best snocross talents, Bauerly rode his best race of the season, finishing just outside of medal contention, but proving he is a bonafide future star in the sport of snocross.
Rolling into the bright lights and television cameras of Winter X, Team HMK/Sportech was feeling the pressure of racing on the world’s biggest snocross stage. But solid preparation, expertly tuned equipment and a level head were the ingredients Bauerly and company used to execute a shining performance on the slopes of Aspen. It started with a Speedwerx tuned Arctic Cat Sno-Pro that was dominating off the line throughout the weekend. Snaring consistent holeshots was key on the giant Winter X track that was extremely technical and wicked fast in nature yet yielded few opportunities for passing.
In the heat race, Paul grabbed the lead early on and hung on for a solid third place finish, enough to ensure he scored a front row spot at the line for the biggest final of his young pro career. Lined up against the likes of multi-time gold medal winner Tucker Hibbert, former Pro Open champion Ross Martin and the multi-talented Levi LaVallee, Bauerly had to face a field of formidable and determined riders. Yet when the green flew in the final, Paul nailed the holeshot again and emerged from the enormous field in third place. With a grueling 20 laps in front of him, Paul rode the race of his dawning pro career, holding on for a fifth place finish at the line.
“This performance comes at a great time for us,” said Team Owner Chris Carlson. “Paul’s confidence is soaring after this race, and with five races left in the ISOC National series, Paul knows he has what it takes to run up front and gain his first pro podium. While we would have loved to have came home with a medal, his performance was outstanding.”

Andrew Carlson Sweeps Sport Class; Bauerly Emerges as Top Pro Privateer
Team Sportech Sets Winning Tone at ISOC Duluth National Snocross

Elk River, MN (December 13, 2009) – It’s one of the biggest events in all of snowmobiling, but that didn’t seem to phase Team Sportech as they kicked off the national snocross season with two podium finishes and the early lead in the pro privateer year-end championship. The weekend was highlighted by a Sport Superstock #2 sweep by Andrew Carlson who won the final in a convincing flag to flag performance.
First year pro Paul Bauerly wasn’t expecting a warm “welcome to the pros” reception from his fellow competitors, but he certainly let it be known he came to compete. Strong qualifying efforts in both Pro Super Stock and Pro Open including a second place heat race finish in Superstock, ensured Bauerly would find his way into both 20-sled main events.
The small Duluth track and bitterly cold temperatures made for a very difficult racing environment. A lingering haze of snow dust placed added importance on holeshots, but the gang working in the hauler applied some Speedwerx magic to the fleet of Torco Arctic Cats, giving Sportech racers a much needed edge at the line. Yet despite impressive launches, the crowded track and races marred by a barrage of yellow flags, kept Bauerly mid-pack during both Pro finals as he muscled to an 11th place finish in Pro Open and 13th in Superstock.
“Visibility was brutal,” said Bauerly after the completion of the Pro Open final on Sunday. “My sled was wicked fast, but I was either riding blind or forced to back down due to yellow caution flags on the track. I wasn’t feeling a lot of nerves before the race, but it feels good knowing I can run with these guys and I’m confident we can be at the front this season.”
Running at the front was something Sport rider Andrew Carlson did plenty of during the Duluth National weekend. The 16-year-old rider showed tremendous patience and poise in what is considered one of the biggest snocross events in the world, clawing his way past 50-plus entries to gain a back-row start into the Superstock #1 final on Friday. On more than one occasion in qualifying, Andrew found himself in the middle of a multiple sled tangle, forcing him to recollect and battle through the field for points.
In the final, his patience paid off, as he entered to top of the hill on the first lap in 13th place, employed some crafty navigation and sled avoidance and emerged from the snow dust in second place. He held the position until lap traffic forced him to change lines, allowing the third place sled to overtake him, shuffling Andrew to a third place podium finish.
The story changed considerably in Superstock #2 for Carlson, where he went undefeated in qualifying, with margins of victory of 10-plus seconds in each race. Coming in as the top qualifier for the final, Andrew once again nailed the holeshot and led the race from start to finish.
“I don’t think I could have dreamed up a better way to start the season,” said Andrew on Sunday as he watched his racing partner compete. “Coming off the injury and to start the national snocross season with a pair of podiums is awesome.”

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