SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – The official winner of the 2016 Soo I-500 is Bunkie Racing. This is the 6th win for Bunkie Racing.
The yellow caution flag had been a main stay throughout the race. It was brought out 41 times. The Soo I-500 2016 ended under the caution flag. Many have expressed disappointment that the race had to end with the yellow flag and not under the green flag. Some have even suggested that the rules be changed for the last laps of the annual race.
It took 9 hours and 49 minutes to complete the race.
The top five to the finish line are as follows:
|#1 .||Bunkie Racing||Winner|
|#2 .||Christian Brothers Racing|
|#3 .||Kovar Racing|
|#4 .||X.L.T. Engineering|
|#5 .||Yovich Racing|
Officials from the race posted to Facebook: The #74 Team Polaris / Bunke Racing Team of Gabe Bunke (Moorhead, Minnesota), Aaron Christensen (Metiskow, ALB) and Taylor Bunke (Moorhea, Minnesota) went to victory lane in the 48th Annual I-500 at the I-500 Snowmobile Track in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. For G. Bunke, it was his sixth career I-500 triumph, for Christensen it’s his fourth checkered flag and for T. Bunke it is his first career victory.
The green flag for the 48th Annual Soo I-500 went down at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6th, 2016.
The I-500 began in 1969. It is a completely volunteer-based organization. The official race is hosted on the only one-mile ice oval snowmobile track in North America. The I-500 is the biggest event in the Upper Peninsula and in the entire snowmobile-racing world.
The coldest race day was -31 Fahrenheit in 1996.
It takes 3 weeks and 1,800,000 gallons of water to make the track. Water is transported from a hydrant in the pit area via the use of three 8,000 gallon tankers and many trips around the track.