Tucker Hibbert retires from professional snocross racing

Hibbert’s storied career is a testament to the talent, determination and hard work of his own as well as those who were integral to Team 68 over the years.

Tucker’s first-ever snocross race occurred in West Yellowstone, Montana, in 1996.
Tucker’s first-ever snocross race occurred in West Yellowstone, Montana, in 1996. Eleven years old at the time, he borrowed his dad Kirk’s jacket, helmet, snowmobile and talent for winning, taking first place in the Junior class. Photo courtesy ArcticInsider.com

May 16, 2018 – After 25 years of chasing checkered flags in snowmobile competition, Tucker Hibbert today announced that he’s reached the finish line of his remarkable racing career. The 33-year-old from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, is now officially retired as a professional snocross racer.

“It’s time for me to retire from professional snocross racing,” Hibbert said. “It’s been a great career and now is the right time to move on. I’m healthy and happy. I’ve accomplished my goals, which were to do my best and enjoy the process of working hard with the people around me. We just finished a great season where I felt as good as I ever have and won my 11th Championship.”

Reflecting on his career, he added, “I’ve dedicated a huge part of my life to racing snowmobiles. I’m thankful for the lessons and experiences that racing provided me over the years. It’s been an incredible ride.”

For the first time in his career, Tucker Hibbert ventured off North American soil to compete at the 2010 FIM Snocross World Championships in Mala, Sweden.
For the first time in his career, Tucker Hibbert ventured off North American soil to compete at the 2010 FIM Snocross World Championships in Mala, Sweden. Photo courtesy Joni Launonen

Hibbert leaves the sport as the most decorated racer in snocross history. He began racing snowmobiles as an amateur at age 8, won his first X Games gold medal at 15 and turned professional at age 16. In his 18 years as a professional snocross racer, Hibbert won 138 of the 235 Pro National events he entered in addition to 11 Pro Championship titles, 10 X Games gold medals and two World Championship titles.

Hibbert’s storied career is a testament to the talent, determination and hard work of his own as well as those who were integral to Team 68 over the years.

“Working hard, as a team, has been the most rewarding part of racing,” Hibbert said. “There are so many amazing people who have played a role in my career. I’ve been fortunate to work with some extremely talented, dedicated and all-around good people. I’ll cherish the memories we’ve all made together for the rest of my life.”

The team’s success was also the result of the support given by key sponsors. “I’m proud of the relationships we’ve built with the brands that have supported me,” he said. “Many of them were career long sponsors and that’s something I’m really thankful for.”

Hibbert also credits his fans, saying: “I’m blessed to have met a lot of great people through racing. Their energy and excitement helped push me to do my best. I truly thank all of them for their passion and support.”

Team 68 takes a moment to enjoy winning the 2018 ISOC Pro Championship points title at Lake Geneva, Wis., the 11th of Tucker Hibbert’s career.
Team 68 takes a moment to enjoy winning the 2018 ISOC Pro Championship points title at Lake Geneva, Wis., the 11th of Tucker Hibbert’s career. From left to right: Garth Kaufman, Tucker Hibbert (seated) Robby Dahlen, Mandi Hibbert, Kevin Krocak, Kirk Hibbert. Photo courtesy John Hanson

Hibbert’s retirement from professional snocross is effective immediately. He is currently working on event opportunities at which he can personally thank his fans, sponsors and the snowmobile racing community for their contribution to his career. 

Tucker Hibbert Career Snocross Statistics

PRO NATIONAL SNOCROSS

11 Championships

  • 2018: ISOC Pro*
  • 2016: ISOC Pro Open
  • 2015: ISOC Pro Open
  • 2014: ISOC Pro Open
  • 2013: ISOC Pro Open
  • 2011: ISOC Pro Open & Pro Stock**
  • 2008: WPSA Pro Stock
  • 2002: WSA Pro Open & Pro Stock
  • 2001: WSA Pro Open

235 Starts
138 Wins
179 Podium Finishes
213 Top 10 Finishes

* For the 2018 season, the Pro Open class was renamed as Pro to align with race sled
technical changes.
** 2011 was the final year the Pro Stock class was contested.

14 X GAMES SNOCROSS MEDALS

10 Gold Medals

  • 2016: Gold
  • 2015: Gold
  • 2014: Gold
  • 2013: Gold
  • 2011: Gold
  • 2010: Gold
  • 2009: Gold
  • 2008: Gold
  • 2007: Gold
  • 2000: Gold

3 Silver Medals

  • 2005: Silver
  • 2004: Silver
  • 2002: Silver

1 Bronze Medal

  • 2003: Bronze

WORLD EVENTS

2012 FIM Snocross World Champion – Semigorje, Russia
2010 FIM Snocross World Champion – Mala, Sweden
2013 Clash of Nations Pro Open Champion – Falun, Sweden

SEMI-PRO NATIONAL

2 Championships

  • 2000: WSA Semi-Pro Open & Semi-Pro Stock

24 Starts
19 Wins

SPECIAL AWARDS

ESPY Award Best Male Action Sports Athlete Nominee – 2011, 2014 & 2015
National Snocross Fan Favorite Rider – 2014, 2015 & 2017
Snow Week Racer of the Year – 2001
SledRacer.com Racer of the Year – 2011
RideX365 Racer of the Year – 2016

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