DATE OF INDUCTION: February 13, 2016
CAREER SPAN: 1992 – 2001
COMPETITION TYPE: Cross-Country
BRANDS RACED: Arctic Cat
AGE AT INDUCTION: 47
In the early 1990’s Brad Pake of Felton, Minnesota stormed onto the flourishing cross-country and snocross scene to quickly become one of the most accomplished and successful racers of his generation. Combining immense talent and desire with a powerful work ethic and versatility, Pake scored wins at the biggest events and in multiple disciplines as a key member of Team Arctic.
Pake’s first pro win occurred in 1995 in cross-country’s famed monument: the Winnipeg I-500. He repeated the win a year later during a season in which he also claimed Pro 440 wins at three ISOC cross-country events, the ISOC Triple Crown and was named Racer of the Year by three national publications. He would eventually claim nine ISOC Pro 440 victories during cross-country’s renaissance in the 1990’s, including three Ironman 250 wins plus the 1998 ISOC high point championship. As the decade and sport transitioned, Pake notched seven victories and two high point titles in the FANS series.
Pake’s pure racing talent was matched equally by his versatility, which he proved with six career Pro class victories in MRP and CSRA snocross events during that discipline’s period of explosive growth and popularity. With 36 career victories in terrain competition during the ultra-competitive era in which he raced, Pake is widely regarded as one of the all-time great terrain racers.