HPROP: APBA: CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing Team Baltimore report

BALTIMORE, M.D. (August 30, 2000) - The CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team had another stellar performance in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay finishing a close second. In addition to the consistent finish they are also closing the gap in...

BALTIMORE, M.D. (August 30, 2000) - The CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team had another stellar performance in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay finishing a close second. In addition to the consistent finish they are also closing the gap in points, gaining on the leaders.

According to team captain, Nigel Hook, "Baltimore was a big success, and there were 104 race boats on the entry list. It goes to show how popular the American PowerBoat Association is becoming as we practically 'overloaded' the facilities. We ran a conservative race in order to lock in the second place finish inching the CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team closer to the top of the championship points for the year."

When the race began, the No. 21 CITGO-SUPERGARD Scarab shot out of the gate first. They held a commanding line heading into the first turn, battling three wide in the middle of the FountainUSA boat and the Voyager boat. The FountainUSA boat took the lead and never looked back.

The CITGO team attributes the runner up position to the choice of propellers and a glitch in the ignition box. The liquid race track was choppy due to large crowds and spectator boats frequenting the Baltimore Harbor. Such conditions were not favorable to the performance of the ultra slim 43' Scarab, built to excel in ocean waters.

Looking ahead to the next event in Buffalo, driver Steve David anticipates a rough race. David speaks from experience as he ran hydroplanes on the Niagara River near the race site. The team plans on making a change in the props in order to be faster than the competition.

David stated, "Optimal conditions for the CITGO-SUPERGARD Scarab will be, if the swells are large, we'll be in good shape for a win. On the other hand, if it's water like Corpus Christi, we'll need some test time to get our ride sorted out."

The CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team is banking on a National Championship this season. They have the resources and talent to pull it off. The next chance to close the gap in the point standings is September 17, 2000 in Buffalo, N.Y. for the Buffalo Offshore Challenge.

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