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TEAM AMSOIL #77 OVERCOMES ADVERSITIES WITH NEAR-HITS AND SOME MISSES AT THE OSS SEASON OPENER
Team AMSOIL Offshore Racing made the trek to Biloxi, Mississippi for the Offshore Super Series (OSS) Smokin' the Sound Biloxi Offshore Kickoff, held March 26-29. OSS estimates that about 45,000 spectators enjoyed the races by watching from the beaches or hotels that line the Gulf Coast strip. Local radio station 104.9 FM broadcasted the racing coverage with the popular Talk Offshore radio show all afternoon. The races were also filmed for television and will air on Fox Sports Network later this year.
The road to Biloxi was not an easy one, as the Team had to complete many preparations prior to arrival at the race site, including complying with the new OSS regulations for 2009 which require each race boat to have a class-specific color painted on the tips of the sponsons. The AMSOIL boat debuted its flashy new look with the tips of both of its sponsons painted a bright red, the color that designates a Cat Lite entry. Team AMSOIL's crew also went through and thoroughly inspected both outdrives, which have been running AMSOIL MCF oil all last season. Virtually no wear was detected on the internal drive components after 100 hours of racing.
The OSS racing at Biloxi followed a Heat Racing Format for the first time in the series. Seven separate races were held on Sunday, March 29 since Saturday's conditions were too rough to race, so racing commenced around Noon and ended around 5pm. The Cat Lite class raced in two separate heats, each consisting of 4 laps. Cat Lite proved to be the most popular class at the Biloxi event, with a total of 6 boats entered to race.
During the first heat, the AMSOIL boat was hit by the Popeye's boat on the first straightaway. After this minor collision during the mad dash for the first pin, AMSOIL was left in last place. With the shorter race format, it was difficult to make up all of the lost time, so the Team finished 3rd in the first heat. The second heat provided to be just as manic for Bob Teague and Paul Whittier. During the second lap, Team AMSOIL was pinched at the turn and had to run through the rooster tail of Team Prop Stop, while simultaneously running over the turn buoy. AMSOIL was able to grasp the 2nd place finish position in the second heat, but due to being penalized a lap for taking out the turn buoy, the Team had a final finish position of 5th place. In spite of the final outcome, Team AMSOIL put on a great show for the spectators with the tight racing format.
Team AMSOIL captured virtually every title possible in the Cat Lite Class during the 2008 racing season. The Team is the current OPA Cat Lite High Points Champion, OSS National and High Points Cat Lite Champion, and SBI Super Cat World Champion. Team AMSOIL is also the holder of the OSS World Endurance record for Miami to Bimini and back, and captured the POPRA World Kilo Record in its class with an official average speed of 131.981mph.
The Team is extremely proud to announce the continued support of AMSOIL Inc. The company's great sponsorship package, dedicated racing department team and superior lubricants all make it possible for Team AMSOIL Offshore Racing to achieve success! Teague Custom Marine is an authorized AMSOIL dealer and offers the complete line of high performance lubricants in its store and for purchase online at www.teaguecustommarine.com.
Next stop: OSS Race - Lake Cumberland, KY - May 15-17, 2009