BRANDS REPRESENTED: Yamaha
AGE AT INDUCTION: 63
DATE OF INDUCTION: February 18, 2017
CAREER SPAN: 1974 – 2015
COMPETITION TYPES: Drags, Speed Runs
During a remarkable drag racing career that began in 1974 and continued for nearly four decades, Pat Hauck of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, established a winning record that is among the most successful in the history of the sport. Hauck is synonymous with victory and Yamaha snowmobiles bearing his signature number 22, having won Stock and Mod Stock classes at the most prestigious straightline events in North America.
Hauck notched his first premier victory in 1983 at the ISR World Series of Ice Drags, an event at which he would claim least one victory for 16 consecutive years, plus seven high-point titles in Mod Stock and more than 40 class wins. On grass there were few who matched his longevity and win record. At Hay Days he was a five-time Manufacturer’s Cup winner; a winner of the Minnesota Cup in 1988 and 2001; and claimed more than 50 individual class wins while winning at least one class for 23 consecutive years. A professional tuner whose seat-of-the-pants understanding of clutching and suspension was the result of untold hours of testing in all conditions, Hauck achieved success at every venue and association. He was a three-time winner of the Wausau Cup in SWDRA, a circuit in which he claimed multiple high-point championships. He won titles in NSRA; was victorious at the Woody’s Stock Challenge at the World Series of ice in 1995; and claimed the 1998 Wisconsin Governor’s Cup.
Hauck’s career also included success in speed run competition, including multiple NSSR World Speed records. His engine and clutching expertise helped propel Yamaha’s Factory snocross and cross-country efforts beginning in the late 1990s. He was also instrumental in the success enjoyed by his brother Jerry, including building the sled that Jerry raced to an NHRA Asphalt title in 1995. He owned and operated a successful Yamaha performance business since 1991, as well as a Yamaha dealership for 22 years. Amazingly, Hauck amassed more than 1000 wins in his career.