OPPENHEIM - The Hulten Speed Sports Polaris Snocross team enjoyed success in 2010 at Winter X-Games XIV.
With Bobby LePage on their sled, the team qualified for the snocross finals and finished fourth in the nationally televised event.
The Ray and Lisa Hulten-owned team, based in Oppenheim, will make another run at the prestigious title when Winter X-Games XV opens on Jan. 27 and runs through Jan. 30 in Aspen, Colo.
This time Christian Salemark of Sweden will pilot the HSS Polaris in the event in the snocross event, while newly signed Aleksander Nordgaard will compete in the men's freestyle event. He is also listed as an alternate in the men's speed and style competition.
"[Nordgaard] is the European Champion from Norway, and he will be flying in to join our team for the Winter X-Games," team manager Lisa Hulten said. "The guy who owns the Winter X-Games, Joe Duncan, was the one who called me and said that he knew we were out here [Aspen] and that Ray is capable of building a good sled and could we help him out."
Salemark is making his second appearance in the X-Games. As a rookie on the national circuit last year, he placed 17th in the snocross final.
Chistian Salemark of Oppenheim-based Hulten Speed Sports soars over a jump during a recent X-Games training session in Colorado. (Photo submitted)
Salemark and the HSS ISOC national team of pro racer Salemark and sport racer Jake Scott competed at the Western Nationals in Sandy, Utah.
Salemark finished ninth in the pro open competition and is 13th in the ISOC national points standings.
"Christian had the flu but won every hole shot," Hulten said. "After four or five laps, he faded because he was so sick."
Scott, of Port Jefferson, finished fourth and fifth in his heat races but missed the finals. He is 22nd in the national points standings.
Instead of returning home for the Jan. 8 competition, the team opted to proceed to Colorado to get acclimated to the 8,000-foot elevation in Aspen.
"We are up here now testing," Hulten said. "Elevation plays such a huge role because we are not used to being up so high. We have been practicing at the same elevation that the X-Games will be at.?We're hoping that it gives our riders a good workout so they will be able to get the job done."
Hulten Speed Sports dominated the competition at the regional level in 2009-10, winning 10 points titles on the former Rock Maple Racing circuit.
The East Coast Snocross Circuit team consists of pro racers Danny Poirier and Matt Piche, semi-pro racer Andrew Bailey and women's class racer Michaela Lemieux.
Winter X-Games XV will be broadcast on ESPN2 with the freestyle scheduled for Jan. 27 and the snocross on Jan. 30.