OSS: Team JBS Racing 2008 season review

JBS Racing stood on the podium for the 2008 World Championships in Key West Florida for the third time since the team's inception. The core team of: Jeff Stevenson (Owner/Driver), Joe Skrocki (Throttleman/Marketing Director), Jason Borys (Crew...

JBS Racing stood on the podium for the 2008 World Championships in Key West Florida for the third time since the team's inception.

The core team of: Jeff Stevenson (Owner/Driver), Joe Skrocki (Throttleman/Marketing Director), Jason Borys (Crew Chief/Media Development), and Brian Reeves (Launch Control) seem to have figured out a winning formula.

While this OSS (Offshore Super Series) race team has been around the block a few times, this was just the second time out for the JBS Racing 50' Mystic. Her debut was nothing short of impressive at the OSS Lake of the Ozarks, in October, where the team placed second. "They lost about 300 yards in the first lap and never gave up any more", OSS President Ron Polli said. Lake of the Ozarks is well known for the massive amount of shoreline and coves it contains. "The number of boats actually watching us race was astounding. They lined every foot of the course", said Joe Skrocki.

The "Overall Top Gun" World Championship for JBS Racing would not have been complete without also being the most dominant team off the water. JBS Racing was an absolute hit Friday night during the annual Duval Street block party in Key West, Florida. If the presence of a 50-foot turbine powered race boat, which resembled a spaceship, was not enough to impress the 100,000 plus crowd, the massive 6-door JBS monster truck put them over the top. As 3 flat panel screens emerged from the bed of the truck, passersby became viewers witnessing the JBS promotional videos that were nothing short of inspirational.

100_5768 SteetParty1 JBS Racing's owner/driver actually built the custom truck with the Duval block party in mind. His goal was to do something that has never been done before. According to Jeff Stevenson, "Others will follow; they have no choice if they want to keep up!"

"It felt like we stole the attentions of every single person in Key West that night. We couldn't sign posters or answer questions fast enough. It felt like Mardi Gras and we were the center of it!" said Joe Skrocki.

After winning the first race on Wednesday it appeared as if JBS Racing would make the weeklong world championship look easy. It could not have been further from the truth. JBS Racing suffered substantial hull damage during Friday's rough water race which ended in a second place finish for the team. The first priority of any other team would have been to address the hull damage, but not JBS. Jeff Stevenson said "We're going to the Duval show! We'll work after."

JBS1 Watching the JBS team coordinate their efforts to prepare for a race borders the indescribable. While the boat is being craned into the water, the dive team and spotter are on their way to the airport. While they are in route to the launch pad, the media van containing receivers for onboard video and data systems is on its way to a location determined earlier by Jason Borys.

JBS5 In spite of needed engine changes and hull repairs during week, the team still managed to host a benefit on Saturday afternoon and raised just over $2500.00 for the families of racers who have lost their lives this past year. "We are here to win a world championship and the hearts of every race fan. We are World Class Racing!" stated Joe Skrocki.

-credit: jbs

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