Yesterday afternoon, Powerboat P1 announced its plans to host the St. Pete Powerboat Grand Prix over the Labor Day weekend.
P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala commented on the event:
We began discussions for a national race event featuring a double bill of P1 powerboat racing and AquaX jet ski action in 2015, with plans to stage the two-day event near the iconic St. Pete pier.
AquaX includes both professional and amateur classes of racing, which attracts riders from across the country.
September’s event is part of the eight-venue APBA national race series which runs from May to October.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the presenting sponsor of the event.
A custom designed ‘Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’ powerboat will compete in the APBA Offshore Championship races with leading personal watercraft rider Tory Snyder racing on a VSPC painted jet ski.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater COO Tim Ramsberger (above) said:
We are thrilled to bring P1 Offshore and P1 AquaX racing to the St. Pete Pier for the Labor Day weekend.
We’re extremely pleased with the partnership with Powerboat P1 over the past several years and look forward to building the St. Pete race weekend as a signature event for community.
The race will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network and also on Bally Sports Regional Networks.
Fans outside of the U.S. will be able to enjoy the racing via live streaming on the P1 Offshore Facebook page.
Veteran British racer, Steve Curtis was on hand at the presser to talk about the season, which will once again be affected by the global health crisis:
Hopefully a few of the Class 1 boats will be able to race here, we’ve been talking to Huski Chocolate from Sweden, we’ve been talking to the Norwegians, obviously with Miles Jennings who will be running in that boat and you know the Victory Team, Abu Dhabi, they’re all talking, they all want to come over here we’re just still worried about when they’ll be allowed to.
Hopefully we’ll all be racing here in St. Pete by the end of the season, but we’re all jacked up over here at the Geico Racing Team.
The boats running really well, we’ve got some more testing to do which we intend to be doing up at Mercury’s ‘Lake X’ within the next few weeks and we’ve been able to dial in a little bit more top speed into it and we’ve got the handling sorted so we’re really pumped up about this season.
We really think we’ve got a very good chance at winning the championship.