IHBA: Marble Falls National preview

August 3, 2001 (Austin, TX) --- As the International Hot Boat Series (IHBA) returns from its successful east coat swing high speeds and low elapsed times should continue to dominate the tour as it heads into Marble Falls, Texas for the 2001...

August 3, 2001 (Austin, TX) --- As the International Hot Boat Series (IHBA) returns from its successful east coat swing high speeds and low elapsed times should continue to dominate the tour as it heads into Marble Falls, Texas for the 2001 Lakefest Drag Boat Races, August 10-12, 2001.

"So far this season our Top Fuel Hydro class has been putting on a super show with speeds exceeding 230 mph and elapsed times under five seconds. The Top Alcohol Hydro and To Alcohol Flat classes have also been wowing the fans and sponsors. There are some points battles to watch in all three of the top classes and hopefully the excitement will continue in Marble Falls," said Doug Fuqua, IHBA Chief Marketing Officer.

For many of the teams that will be competing this weekend the excitement level is what keeps them involved in the sport.

"I like things that are thrilling and exciting. Racing these boats is the definition of intense. Right now my team is leading to points battle in Top Fuel Hydro so that just adds to the intensity. Marble Falls is a great event. From the racing, to the layout, to the fans Marble Falls is first class. It will be a super weekend and we are excited to get back in the water," said Top Fuel Hydro Racer Greg Tedesco.

Tickets for the 2001 Lakefest Drag Boat Race can be purchased for $15 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday at the event. Event telecast Speedvision, October 7th and October 14th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast October 10th and October 17th at 3:30 p.m. EST, respectively.

The International Hot Boat Association (IHBA) is the premier sanctioning association for drag boat racing in the United States. The IHBA is dedicated to producing top-level motor sports events across the country by sanctioning 16 events at the national and divisional levels. The 2001 IHBA national series is a eleven-event tour covering California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia, with a $1.5 million purse, reaching over 300,000 fans, and culminating with the crowning of the IHBA World Championship at Firebird International Raceway in November. Beginning July 1st Speedvision will begin a 52-week television schedule covering the IHBA.

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2001 IHBA Lakefest Boat Race Fact Sheet

Event: Lakefest Boat Drag Race, the 8th national event of the 11 event IHBA National Series.

Location: Lake LBJ, Marble Falls, Texas 50 miles west of Austin, Texas.

Date: August 10- August 12, 2001

Purse: Over $70,000 in cash and contingency

Classes: Pro Classes: Top Fuel Hydro, Top Alcohol Hydro, Top Alcohol Flat, Pro Mod, Pro Comp Eliminator, Pro Gas Flat. Eliminator Classes: Pro Eliminator, Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator, Stock Eliminator, River Racer, Personal Watercraft.

Schedule: Friday, August 10 Test and Tune in afternoon Show and Shine, Streets of Fire, 7 p.m. Saturday, August 11 Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying begins 9 a.m. Sunday, August 12 Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

Tickets: Saturday, $15; Sunday, $20; Weekend Ticket $35 includes ticket for Friday's Test and Tune.

Television: Event telecast Speedvision, October 7th and October 14th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast October 10th and October 17th at 3:30 p.m. EST, respectively.

-ihba

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