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Formula One Powerboats to Battle at Dobson Heavy Haul Bay City River Roar (June 22-24) Foster & Rinker to Challenge Seebold (Bay City, Mich.) - The Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Presented by Bud Light heads to Bay City, Mich. next...

Formula One Powerboats to Battle at Dobson Heavy Haul Bay City River Roar (June 22-24)

Foster & Rinker to Challenge Seebold

(Bay City, Mich.) - The Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Presented by Bud Light heads to Bay City, Mich. next weekend, June 22-24, for the 14th Annual Dobson Heavy Haul River Roar. Formula One drivers will compete on the rough waters of the Saginaw River for Round #2 of the Series.

* Saginaw River Course
Formula One drivers will navigate their powerboats between Bay City's Veteran Memorial and Liberty Bridges over the one-mile Saginaw River course. Drivers regard the course to be one of the most difficult and dangerous on the Formula One Series. With only 700 feet between both concrete seawalls on either side of the river, drivers are constantly maneuvering their Formula One powerboats through choppy waters. "The Saginaw River is always very rough," said Carlos Kuri, the 1999 Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Rookie of the Year. "The course is very demanding on the drivers and challenges their concentration at every moment. The wakes from the Formula One boats never disappear as they hit the seawalls and bounce back to the middle of the course. During a 40-lap final, drivers must always be prepared for a heavy boat wake."

* Tim Seebold Looks for Two in a Row
After successfully defending his Laughlin River Days title at the first race of the season, Tim Seebold heads to Bay City in search of his second win of the season. Seebold was a dominating force at Laughlin, securing a second, a third and a fourth in the preliminary heats. He would like to improve upon his third place finish last year at Bay City and bring home his tenth career Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour race.

* Mishaps Foil Rinker and Foster
The two fastest boats on the water at Laughlin headed to the final in hopes of taking the checkered flag. Unfortunately, both Terry Rinker and Greg Foster failed in their attempts to win their third career Formula One races. Foster qualified second and won two preliminary heats but flipped in the final and finished 13th. Rinker, who was the fastest qualifier and added a second, two thirds and a fifth in the preliminary heats, was leading the final until he accidentally hit the kill switch on his boat and subsequently finished in eighth place. Foster and Rinker finished fourth and fifth respectively last year at Bay City.

* Thornton Begins Season on a Roll
Alden Thornton finished fifth at Laughlin and looks to continue his strong performance at Bay City. Thornton has had success in the past at Bay City where he secured his first and only Formula One tour victory.

* Mike Seebold Attempts to Defend Bay City Title
Mike Seebold, who led wire to wire last year at Bay City, returns to defend his title. After a disappointing 11th place finish at the season opener, Seebold looks to add to his record of 11 career Formula One P.R.O.P. victories.

* Formula One Drivers Begin Season at Bay City
A number of Formula One drivers will begin their season at the Bay City River Roar, including: Garrett Armstrong, Pete Nydahl, Lynn Simburger and Ray Anderson.

* Bay City Only Formula One Race in Michigan
The Bay City River Roar will be the only Formula One Powerboat race in Michigan. Earlier this week, the Formula One race that was scheduled as part of the Spirit of Detroit Thunderfestival on July 13-15 was cancelled due to lack of sponsorship. The Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour is optimistic that the Formula One powerboats will race on the Detroit River in the future.

* VP Fuels-Amsoil Championship Points Fund
Tim Seebold currently sits atop the VP Fuels-Amsoil Championship Points Fund with (192 points). Challengers for year-end honors include Todd Beckman (190 points), Terry Rinker (184 points), Greg Foster (174 points) and Alden Thornton (173 points).

In addition to the Formula One race at the Bay City River Roar, fans will be treated to boat racing from the Formula Two SST-120 Series, Formula Lights, Inflatable Tunnel and Watermouse boats.

Practice and qualifying for the Formula One Powerboats will begin for the Dobson Heavy Haul Bay City River Roar Friday, June 22 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, June 24. The Bay City River Roar Formula One race will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 PM (EDT).

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