ST. CLAIR, Mich. (August 1, 2000) - The CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team recently added another World Record to their resumes as Driver Steve David and Throttleman Nigel Hook overcame rough water conditions to set the World Kilo record in...
ST. CLAIR, Mich. (August 1, 2000) - The CITGO-SUPERGARD Offshore Racing team recently added another World Record to their resumes as Driver Steve David and Throttleman Nigel Hook overcame rough water conditions to set the World Kilo record in Sarasota.
The unique aspect of the record is the team has set the standard in the Outlaw V class which is the smallest of the offshore classes in terms of length, horsepower, and weight. They normally compete in the Super Vee class, which is the largest class in terms of length, horsepower, and weight. They are truly dominant on the water no matter what they are racing.
Driver Steve David is the reigning World Champion for the fastest race average and the fastest lap ever recorded by a propeller driven boat. The records were set in a T-PLUS Unlimited Hydroplane boat. Steve has won more hydroplane classes than any other living driver.
"This is not the first time I have set a world record in the smallest and fastest of racing classes," said David. "I set the world straightaway mark in the 850cc hydro class in 1981 at 102 mph. This was the smallest inboard hydroplane class at approximately 12 feet in length and 490 pounds. Twelve years later I set the world record for the fastest race and the fastest lap ever recorded in a propeller driven boat at 166 mph in an Unlimited Hydroplane named the Miss T Plus. Both of these records are still standing."
Nigel Hook is a World Champion as well and is commonly referred to as the man with the most Scarab wins in a decade. Nigel holds a World Kilo record from 1993 and is a three time National Champion in the American PowerBoat Association. "This is a great honor for CITGO and SUPERGARD Motor Oil. We are very excited to have set a world record in the Armada/CITGO-SUPERGARD Special."
Hook and the team head to the Great Lakes for the St. Clair River Classic in St. Clair, Michigan this weekend to attempt to conquer the Super Vee class.
"This is our first freshwater race of the season," Hook said. "The boat set-up will be entirely unique from our usual sea water set ups because fresh water has a noticeably different specific gravity which effects the boat. Fresh water also effects the hydrodynamic drag, so we expect slightly lower overall speeds and acceleration coming out of the corners. As the CITGO-SUPERGARD Scarab is the longest competing boat in the class, we will be more hampered by these dynamics, but we will race harder to compensate!"
"In 1991 I raced in the Great Lakes and I expected a 'lake' race. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be one of the roughest races I ever competed in. This race should be interesting."
Navigator Tony Wiese's plan of attack is as follows: "First we want to finish the race, and then we want be the first boat to finish. The time is coming for the No. 21 CITGO-SUPERGARD Scarab and we think we've ironed out all the glitches that have kept us out of the winners circle."
With a new World Record under their belts, and a Scarab with the latest technology in Offshore Racing, the CITGO-SUPERGARD team is prepared to tackle and tame the waves in the Great Lakes.
The No. 21 CITGO-SUPERGARD Scarab and the rest of the Super Vee class will take to the water on Sunday August 6, 2000 at 12:00 p.m. EST. The St. Clair River Classic will be televised on Speedvision on Sunday September 13, 2000 at 10:00 p.m. EST and again on September 17, 2000 at 4:00 p.m. EST. TNN will air the race on October 28, 2000 at 11:30 a.m. EST.