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daSilva Racing adds new rider, gears up for exciting 2013-14 season in East Coast Snocross series

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (Sept. 26, 2013) – With widespread frost warnings posted across much of northern New England and early snows touching the summit of Mount Washington, one of the region’s veteran snowmobile race teams is gearing up for a busy and competitive winter.

New Hampshire-based daSilva Racing competes on the East Coast Snocross (ECS) series, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s traction products. The team will enter the 2013-14 season with a trio of eager riders; led by veteran Jake daSilva, who advances from Pro Lite to the Pro division.

Jake will be joined once again by rising star Connor Roscoe, of Cheshire, CT, who after tearing it up in the Sport ranks, advances to Pro Lite for 2014. New to the roster this year is talented female racer Tatum Hax of Durham, Connecticut. With strong skills and a passion for snocross, Hax will enter the ECS Women’s classes.

For daSilva, the move to Pro comes at a time when big name riders like Mathieu Morin, Danny Poirier and now Brett Bender are preparing for title runs in ECS competition. Yet his goals are realistic, knowing all too well how tough his move is going to be.

“My hope is to just be consistent in my first year of Pro,” daSilva said. “I know it will be a difficult task, but I’d like to see myself in the top five on a weekly basis. I’ve had a busy off-season working in a new program from the Rockwell Training Facility. It helped me a lot in motocross; and I hope to have a smooth transition back onto sleds this winter. I love riding a Mod sled, and hope I’ve stepped up my game enough to be competitive. I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”

Roscoe has also been busy in the gym and is anxious to take on the immense challenge that is Pro Lite. After an injury ended his season early last winter, he’s more than excited about 2014.

“Last year was a roller coaster ride for me,” Roscoe said. “It started off strong with me leading all three classes, but ended in the worst possible way after a broken wrist with just two races to go. My injury last year has really fired me up to race again, and made me realize how much I love racing.”

As he moves into a higher class, Roscoe is thankful for his situation while reflecting on more than a decade of racing.

“The support I get from daSilva Racing is unreal,” he added. “The daSilvas are like a second family to me; it’s a team effort to win races every weekend. My first year in the Pro Lite class might actually be my last season of racing before I head off to college. My goals are to be competitive every weekend and have fun.”

Newcomer Hax is as anxious as any other racer when it comes to looking ahead. She loves the friendly, yet often serious rivalries that develop on the track, and likes the thought of learning from her new teammates at daSilva Racing.

“Last season was very kind to me, landing on the podium on a regular basis,” Hax said. “Yet I think the 2014 campaign could be even better. After earning my first wins in Women’s Sport 600 last year, my goal is to claim that class championship. I’m also going to challenge myself to run several races in the Pro Women’s class. Joining a strong team like daSilva Racing is important to me. It will provide a support system which can help me move forward and gain confidence. I’m very excited.”

Team owner Paul daSilva and the entire squad would like to thank the following partners for their highly-valued support: Ski-doo, daSilva Motorsports; That’s Great News; FOX Racing Shox; Spectro Performance Oils; MB Tractor & Equipment; Fox Racing Apparel; C&A Pro Skis; Loiselle’s Installers; Miracle Farms Landscape Contractors; Parts Unlimited; HCP Designs; Osiris Shoes and Woody’s Traction Products. Without these companies, daSilva Racing would be a mere fraction of the entity it is today.