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Ice Racing: Adrenaline & Speed at Tim's Toyota Center

02 March 2008   Matt Santos with Lynne LaMaster
Going from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds is pretty stunning, but on ICE? Matt Santos offers photos from Friday night's event.

iceracing4.jpgGoing from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds is pretty stunning, but on ICE?

This weekend, Prescott eNews photographer Matt Santos had an opportunity to attend the Xtreme International Ice Racing (XiiR) event at the Tim's Toyota Center . With modified speedway bikes and quads, contestants compete on an indoor ice arena. The tires have over 2000 studs added to them, and there are no brakes. XiiR is considered to be one of the fastest sports in the world.

According to the XiiR website, the Speedway Bike, "It's more than just a mountain bike with an engine. It's engine is equivalent to a 1200cc crotch rocket engine in a mountain bike frame, 4-stroke, 4-valve engine that runs on nitro methanol. This allows the engine to run at a higher compression, producing more horsepower. The average car has a maximum 5,000 RPM's where as an ice speedway bike has a maximum 14,000 RPM's. It has 1600 razor-sharp steel studs on it's tires added for traction and if that's not enough - there aren't any brakes." 

In addition to the competitors who travel on tour, Santos reported that several riders from Prescott Valley and Chino Valley competed with the pros.

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About the photographer: Matt Santos, who owns a photo studio in Chino Valley, has been a professional photographer since he was 14. Besides being a superb photo journalist, he also excels in portraiture and stock photography. For more information, check out his website M. Santos Photographer .