HPROP: Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour preview

Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Presented By Bud Light Opens June 2-3 at Laughlin, Nev. Mike Seebold To Defend Series Title, Tim Seebold, Todd Beckman and others to Challenge (Laughlin, Nev.) - The 2001 Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour ...

Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Presented By Bud Light Opens June 2-3 at Laughlin, Nev.

Mike Seebold To Defend Series Title, Tim Seebold, Todd Beckman and others to Challenge

(Laughlin, Nev.) - The 2001 Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Presented by Bud Light kicks off the season next weekend, June 2-3, with the Laughlin River Days. For the fourth consecutive year, the Formula One drivers will race across the Colorado River.

"Laughlin, Nev. has been instrumental in the growth and development of Formula One powerboat racing," said Bart Garbrecht, President of the Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour. "Laughlin has been a terrific venue for the past few years and there is no better location to start the season. We are anticipating a full field of Formula One drivers who all want to get their seasons off to a great start. We are excited for the season to begin and look forward to a tremendous battle on the Colorado River."

* Power, Speed and Sharp Turns
The Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour takes motorsports to another extreme, entertaining audiences with high speed, action packed, over-the-water powerboat racing. Spectators watch in awe as lightweight tunnel boats, constructed of wood, fiberglass and carbon fiber materials, literally race across the waters on a cushion of air at speeds in excess of 135 miles per hour. These high performance powerboats challenge even the most seasoned professionals turning sharper and faster than any other race vehicle in the world.

* Mike Seebold Begins Defense of Championship.
Mike Seebold, who with 11 wins is Formula One's career victory leader, returns to Laughlin as the defending Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Champion. Seebold won three races last season including the last race to secure the championship in the closest points battle in Formula One history. Seebold will attempt to win his third Laughlin race but will have some tough competition from a number of challengers including his brother, Tim, and new teammate, Todd Beckman.

* Tim Seebold Defending Laughlin Champion
After losing the championship by only seven points to his older brother Mike, Tim Seebold looks to get an early jump on the competition this season in hopes of winning his third Formula One Championship. Last year at Laughlin, Tim was able to hold off his brother by less than one second to secure the win. This season, Tim will have the added pressure of trying to win the championship for the Bud Light Racing Team.

* Todd Beckman Eyes Championship
Finishing third in the championship last season, Todd Beckman has his sights set on winning the championship. Beckman won his first career Formula One race at St. Louis, Mo. last season and finished in the top five on many other occasions. The 1997 Formula One Rookie of the Year hopes to duplicate that success and a win at Laughlin would be a great start.

* Greg Foster "Mad Man across the Water" Aims for Another Great Start to Season
Greg Foster used a terrific start last season to propel him to a fifth place finish in the championship. Foster finished third at Laughlin, fourth at Bay City, Mich. and won the next race at Saskatoon, Canada.

* Laughlin Course Poses Challenges
Formula One drivers will be put to the test not only competing against some of the best boat racers in the world, but from the challenging conditions of the Colorado River. The Laughlin race course is very demanding for the Formula One drivers. "The course is very technical," said Max Toler, Formula One's 2000 Rookie of the Year. "It requires full concentration and the water conditions are constantly changing due to the swift current."

In addition to the Formula One race, this year's Laughlin River Days event will include Super Stock Powerboat racing, world champion wakeboard and air-chair demonstrations and a vendor village with live music.

Practice and qualifying for the Formula One Powerboats will begin for the Laughlin River Days Saturday, June 2 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, June 3. The Laughlin River Days Formula One race will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, July 1 at 7:30 PM (EDT).

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