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Under the Helmet with Hoos Brothers Racing

Thomas Morgan, Co-Owner

Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport?
I got started into snowmobiling racing by coming to watch the Hoos Brothers race back in 1998.  I was lucky enough to get down in the pits to help and have been in love with the sport ever since.  I have met a lot and lost some great friends along the way but the tight family group of Oval Racing community has kept me coming back every year.

When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track?
I have never raced sleds, only financed and wrenched it.  My biggest achievement is giving our drivers the best equipment to race on to not only give them the best chance to win but also get them home safe being part of a team that feels like a family.  Also, all the great friends I have made during racing.

What is your career goal?
My goal as an owner first and foremost is safety.  I want all involved to be safe and to be competitive and have fun.  Winning the I-500 one more time and a M.I.R.A. championship with our team would be a second goal.

What were the driving factors to start the race team?
As part owner my driving factor is always to be one of the best on the track.  This includes hours on the phone with whoever it may be to get information on sleds, trying new things to better the sled down the road, and spending time with my second family, the #67 Team Hoos Racing Family!  I have been involved in this sport for 25 years and wouldn’t change or ask for a better group of guys and families involved with it.  LETS GO 67!

John Hoos

John Hoos, Co-Owner

Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport?
Our parents raced when we were growing up, so we have always been around the sport

When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track?
1996, 2004 Soo I-500 Champs.

What is your career goal?
Winning the I-500 and M.I.R.A. Championship

What were the driving factors to start the race team?
We grew up around the sport and love the competition and all then great people we have met along the way.

 

The drivers

Jordan Carlson, Driver

What got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport?
My dad got me into snowmobile racing around the age of three.  My dad and uncle raced endure and cross country at the local race track and after watching I was hooked.  I started out racing a 120 on the MSXRA snocross circuit and did that for awhile and then eventually raced the ISOC snocross circuit full time.

When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track?
I started racing when I was three.  Raced snocross up until I was 18 and then started full time endure racing.  I have two big achievements — first year in the semi-pro class I lapped the entire field at the Lincoln track but the top achievement is finishing second place at the Soo I-500.

Jordan Carlson

What is your career goal?
My career goal is to continue improving as a racer, winning a M.I.R.A. championship, and winning the Soo I-500.

How did you become part of this racing team?
Kinda a funny story.  I’ve been with the Hoos racing since the beginning of my endure career.  They put out a Facebook post stating that they were looking for a driver.  I thought I’ll send them a message and see what happens.  Prior to this I had only ridden an oval sled once, so I figured they would never even reply, but hey, look at us now!

 

Austin Leeck

Austin Leeck, Driver

Who got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport?
My Father (Tim Leeck), got me into snowmobiling at the age of 5! A Skidoo Elan 250 one lunger with a bogie wheel skid frame. From that point on, he and I would do small rides and they would progressively become longer as I grew older. If it wasn’t for that dang Elan, I don’t know if I would be riding/racing as much as I do today.

When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track?
My first year racing snowmobiles was the 2010/2011 winter season competing in the Michigan Regional Sno-X Circuit. 2014 was my first year racing MIRA Pro Enduro/Soo I-500.

I would have to say my proudest racing moment is winning in Eagle River back to back years on my Sportsman 600. I’d also like to add that building machines and racing against my dad in the Sportsman 600 class is equivalent. Not many racers get the opportunity to race along side of their fathers in this sport, so I’ll hold that memory close forever!

What is your career goal?
Two Goals Here: A MIRA Pro Enduro Championship and to Win at the Soo I-500.

How did you become part of this racing team?
I have had a great relationship with Tommy Morgan and John Hoos for a long while. Tommy, John, and the team build top notch equipment for us to race so when they asked about racing for them, it was an easy decision.

 

LJ Quick, Driver

What got you into snowmobiling and when; what was their influence on your regard to the sport?
My parents got me into snowmobiling at a young age.  I have continued to ride my whole life but never at a racing level until about five years ago.  My family’s influence in regards to the sport is very positive.  Coming from racing competitively in moto x, it was like we never stopped racing.  They are very supportive and I am very thankful for that.

When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track?
I started racing in 2018 with Hoos Racing.  My proudest achievement so far on the track is learning every time I am on the sled and having such great friends and mentors that are always giving me information to better myself.  Another proud moment was second at the Soo I-500 in 2019 and the podium finishes at our hometown track in Lincoln.

What is your career goal?
My career goal is to not only win the Soo I-500 and a M.I.R.A. championship but to always be competitive and better myself every race and doing so with my Team at Hoos Racing.

How did you become part of this racing team?
I became a part of this team through a friend of mine who introduced me to the Hoos Racing guys one night at the shop.  I was only helping out the team at first but got a chance to get behind the bars and ever since that day I have loved every second of it.  I love my team and enjoy every second we are together.  I am very thankful for all our Sponsors as we cannot do it without them and my fellow drivers Jordan and Austin.  I believe we make a great team and drive off each other.  I cannot wait for the future races.  Give us a follow on our Facebook page Hoos Racing for updates throughout the year and season!

1 thought on “Under the Helmet with Hoos Brothers Racing”

  1. Go get em at Gaylord this weekend boys, maybe a little luck will come your way today! Checkers!

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