Billy Mauff has a certain ritual before competing in the Great Lakes Grand Prix each year.
Mauff, of East Setauket, N.Y., is the owner and driver of the WHM Motorsports team that competes in the Superboat class of the Super Boat International Offshore Powerboat Racing Series.
Before race day, Mauff heads over to Washington Park Zoo and spend several hours with the animals. The visit has a calming effect on him, helping mentally prepare for the upcoming race.
So, at this year’s 10th annual race, Mauff made an announcement at the awards banquet, held in Blue Chip Casino’s Stardust Event Center.
He is donating $10,000 to Washington Park Zoo. That donation will assist an upcoming project to renovate and remodel the zoo’s lion and tiger cages.
Mauff’s zoo visit routine had produced a tranquil effect on him, as Billy went on the win the Superboat class race with an average speed of 87.42 mph on the Lake Michigan race course.
Mauff and his throttleman Jay Muller aboard the 40′ Skater cat is powered by a pair of 750hp Sterling inboard engines.
Billy has attended all ten races since the 2009 Great Lakes Grand Prix inaugural race in Michigan City, Indiana.