ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Just like major league baseball has the World Series, the NFL has the Superbowl, and NASCAR has the Daytona 500, the American PowerBoat Association has the World Championships in St. Petersburg. Last week in St....
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Just like major league baseball has the World Series, the NFL has the Superbowl, and NASCAR has the Daytona 500, the American PowerBoat Association has the World Championships in St. Petersburg. Last week in St. Petersburg, the CITGO SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team completed the season by doing what they set out to do all season long, finishing the big race first.
World competition began last Wednesday with a media luncheon in which the APBA announced an alliance with Daytona International Speedway. The partnership will feature the birth of the Daytona International Speedway High Performance Boat Show followed by a the APBA Offshore Grand Prix in which the stars of the APBA will race on a course on the liquid race track shaped like the race track at Daytona.
On Thursday, Nigel Hook, Jay Johnson, and Tony Wiese climbed into the cockpit of their state of the art 43' Scarab, and set out in search of the checkered flag in Tampa Bay. They ended up in the third position when it was over, but were optimistic for competition in on Sunday.
On Sunday, Nigel and the team surpassed the threatening Fountains, and brought the checkered flag home for the third time this season.
Hook's thoughts on the win, "We finally got a race with some decent water to separate the men from the boys. The bay had some gusting winds which ruffled the seas a little. It brought us three foot waves and the chance to show what a Scarab can really do! We dominated the fleet of APBA's most powerful class, the 'Fountain Flotilla' as I have referred to them in the past, and came home with a convincing win."
"With a first place finish on Sunday, and a third place finish on Thursday, we pushed hard and we took second overall in the world," stated Tony Wiese. "That gives us three wins, a second and a third in the last five races! All of our competitors including the 'Fountain Flotilla' are definitely on notice the big red 43 foot SCARAB is a major force to be reckoned with.
"There will be some engine changes in the off season to combine Super Vee and Super Vee Light which will result in increased competition to slow us down for safety. Since the 43 foot Scarab is leading edge technology, and with further testing in the off season we plan on being even more competitive next season. We'll aim to begin where we left off this season - with the checkered flag."
TNN will air the competition via tape delay on December 2, 2000 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Speedvision will air the World Championships on December 20, 2000 at 10:00 p.m. ET.