Q:Is that tape on racers’ faces?
A:Yes, It is strategically placed Duct tape or surgical tape. It is there to protect the skin from any gap between the goggle and the Helmet. Frost bite will damage any unprotected skin almost instantly.
Q:I have noticed four strokes in the race, will they be a continuing trend?
A:Racers that site the decision to use four strokes are focused on their reliability and on more consistent fuel economy. However two strokes still dominate the Iron Dog.
Q:Is there intense rivalry between racers?
A:While it is a very competitive race, and some elements and strategies are very guarded and secretive, Iron Dog racers realize they are competing against the elements as much as they are competing against each other. Actually the veteran racers are very supportive and open to new teams. Perhaps more so than any other race.