When Todd Krikke’s kindergarten teacher asked Todd what he wanted to be when he grew up Todd’s reply was, “I want to be a racer.” Todd started racing motorcycles at age 10 and picked up his first checkered flag on a Honda XR75. At age 14 Todd started racing on his Honda 250R. During the winter season Todd watched his brother Gregg and cousin Randy race snowmobiles. It was at this point in Todd’s life that he decided he wanted to become a snowmobile racer.
The race Todd wanted to win the most was the SOO I-500, which is considered the Daytona 500 of snowmobile racing. Todd made an oval track in the field behind the barn and would run lap after lap on the oval with the family Scorpion snowmobile, practicing for non-sanctioned racing as he was too young to enter racing on a professional level.
In 1984 Todd pulled his brother’s 1976 Mercury Sno Twister out of the barn and made it race ready and started competing in the M.I.R.A. (Midwest International Racing Association) Series. This was the beginning of many late nights working in a 12 x 24 barn.
The thrill of competition and speed is why Todd started racing. The challenge of building a great handling sled and being #1 on race day is what made Todd one of the most successful drivers in snowmobile racing. The win Todd will always remember was the SOO I-500 for the first time.
In 2004 Todd was selected as a Yamaha factory driver, racing the new 4-stoke Yamaha snowmobile. Todd has accomplished what many young racers dream of. He started at the grass roots level and worked his way to the top. Todd presently lives in Hudsonville, MI
Todd Krikke’s winning record
SOO I-500 12 Top ten finishes
3 wins (1991, 1996, 1997)
3 second (1995, 2000, 2006)
2 thirds (1999, 2005)
1 fourth (1998)
2 fifths (1987, 2004)
1 eighth (1990)
He holds the SOO I-500 Speed Records for qualifying
fastest single lap – 95.92 mph
fastest to lap average – 95.12 mph
5 Enduro Championships (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
Pro Stock 600 and Open Class Champion (1997, 1998)
Formula 3 Champion (1998 – won every race and set fast for every race)
23 M.I.R.A. Enduro wins (20 on a Polaris, 3 on a Yamaha)
Selected 2 times as M.I.R.A. Driver of the Year (1996, 1998)
Selected one of the top 10 snowmobile drivers in North America by Snow Week
Magazine 3 times (1996, 1999, 2000). He’s been on the front cover of Snow Week twice
World Championships held at Eagle River, Wisconsin
6th place finish in Formula 3 (1992)
5th place finish in Formula 3 (1993)
Winner of Pro Stock 600 – Friday Night Thunder Series (2006)
2nd place finish Pro Stock 600 World Championship Finals (2006)