Tradition continues at Tommie Bauer Racing

January 28, 2016

Third Generation racer Cody Bauer, grandson of Tommie Bauer powers through  turn one last Saturday at the Caro 250 - 500 lap pro-enduro.

Third Generation racer Cody Bauer, grandson of Tommie Bauer powers through
turn one last Saturday at the Caro 250 – 500 lap pro-enduro.

By Steve Landon

It was a typical winter weekend for Tommie Bauer Racing when the team loaded up and headed for Caro, Mich., this past weekend to kick off the snowmobile racing season. The race sled and pit crew were primed, ready and eager to tackle the oval with hopes of bringing a checkered flag home to Farwell. This season would not be like past seasons, for the first time since its founding back in the late 1960’s Tommie Bauer Racing would be without Tommie Bauer who passed away December, 2, 2015
at the age of 77.

Tommie Bauer loved snowmobile racing, especially the Soo I-500, where he was a race volunteer, past driver and team owner. Dedicated to Arctic Cat, Bauer had hopes of being one of the few teams to win the Soo on a Cat. That dream came to an end when the team switched to Polaris for the 2014 season. Today son Chad and grandson Cody Bauer are continuing the quest to give Tommie the I-500 win he long dreamed of.

Tommie’s son Chad continued the family tradition driving for a number of years before moving behind the scenes.

Tommie’s son Chad continued the family tradition driving for a number of years before moving behind the scenes.

Tyler Nickels qualified the teams brightly colored Polaris fifth for Saturday’s Caro 250 – 500 lap pro-enduro, the first leg of the “No Bull Triple Crown”. Sharing driving duties with Cody Bauer the pair ran strong for much of the race, however, victory would not be in the cards this time around. A plugged fuel filter would put them out of the hunt. They would finish in 14th.

“We had a fast good handling machine, Tyler and Cody were running right up with the leaders in the early going until the sled started losing speed, at first we thought the motor was going, however, after checking several potential causes we discovered we simply had a plugged fuel filter. Once we fixed it she ran great! By then we were well out of the hunt for a win or a top 10 finish so we decided to call it a day and save our equipment for the Soo and the rest of Triple Crown Series.

I’m really happy with the way our drivers and pit crew performed. We have a good sled, we just have to keep her all together, make every second count to win and hope little things like the fuel filter don’t bite us”, Chad Bauer said.

This Sunday the team will head to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to start time trials for the Soo I-500 set February 6th at the famed one mile ice oval. Will this be their year, only time will tell, but you can bet Tommie Bauer will be looking down from heaven coaching them through every lap.

The 2016 Soo I-500 is dedicated to Tommie Bauer, his beloved #19 Arctic Cat will be on display at the Kewadin Casino Hotel during time trials. To date Tommie Bauer Racing has 9,777 Soo I-500 team competition miles, the second most in race history.

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