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Video: Why you don't need a fancy car to go ice racing

Want an easy way to slide right into motorsport, with no sponsorships required? Try ice racing in northern Michigan.

By AutoWeek Mar 25, 2013 8:27AM

If there's any group out there willing to embrace a winter that has generally overstayed its welcome, it's the Michigan Ice Racing Association.

Each year, MIRA lets nature turn northern Michigan's lakes into perfectly flat, devilishly smooth racing circuits, setting the stage for some of the most hard-core, laid-back racing in amateur motorsport.

Autoweek recently caught up with MIRA at their Chippewa Lake racing grounds, where Arctic temperatures and 17 inches of lake ice gave us the perfect opportunity to find out what it takes to succeed on the ice.

Hint: It's more about smooth, fluid driver input and a healthy sense of humor than a brand-new car and a gazillion-dollar sponsorship. Racers take any car they can to the ice, leading to starting grids filled with everything from an old Neon to a Ford Festiva to a daily driver Toyota Corolla.

Eager to bolt on some siped tires and hit the ice? The folks at MIRA would be happy to have you join them -- just head to their official site and start gearing up for the 2014 ice racing season.

-- Graham Kozak

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