DATE OF INDUCTION: January 18, 1996
CAREER SPAN: 1965-1979
COMPETITION TYPE: Oval, Enduro & Cross-Country
BRANDS RACED: Ski-Doo, Polaris & Mercury
AGE AT INDUCTION: 43
The middle brother in the famous and successful Hayes racing family that emerged in the early days of snowmobile racing, Doug Hayes began his racing career racing Ski-Doos in stock and modified classes out of the family Ski-Doo dealership in Crandon, Wisconsin. Showing strong early talent, Hayes won the North American Championships at Munising, Michigan, as a 13-year-old in 1965 and posted five consecutive Mod I titles in USSA oval racing in 1969-1973.
Racing as a member of the Larson-Olson Polaris team, Hayes was part of the winning Soo 500 team in 1972. Doug moved to Mercury in 1973 where he began to work on the legendary Sno-Twister project. The following year he and his brother Stan became a highly successful development and racing team for the Mercury factory in Fond du Lac, WI. During 1975 and 1976. The pair posted dozens of Sno-Pro oval track victories including a sweep of their classes at the USSA World Series and also a repeat of their triumph at the Soo 500 in 1976.
Named to the Ski-Doo factory team in 1977, Hayes won the Dr. Pepper Sno-Pro series opener at Kinross and won the Hetteen Cup en route to a runner-up WSRF High-Point title before switching to cross-country aboard an Olaf Aaen-sponsored Polaris Indy to finish his racing career in 1979.