By Steve Landon
Since the 1960’s Tommie Bauer Racing of Farwell, Michigan has been involved in snowmobile racing most notably the Soo I-500 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., where his team currently holds second place for most competition miles (9,836) driven in the 45 year old race. Tommie, son Chad Bauer have both made their mark on ice ovals across the US and Canada, now Chad’s son Cody ‘19 is joining the ranks as a professional snowmobile racer.
On the ice oval of the Chippewa County Fairgrounds in Kinross, Michigan Saturday March 2, 2013 Cody made his professional debut driving an Arctic Cat for Poor Boy Racing in the First Annual Kinross Lions Club 300 Pro Enduro. Thanks to a little coaching from veteran racers Ed and Cody Badour of Lake, Mich., the young speedster would drive 148 laps. He moved the team into sixth place in the 21 machine field a position he would hold until a blown stator put them out of the race with 169 laps under their belts.
Like his father and grandfather Cody is no stranger to competition. In the summer months he races cars at Merritt and Mt. Pleasant Speedway as well as at other tracks around the state. As a youngster Cody raced a 120cc Mini Z snowmobile with a great deal of success.