TEAM TO WATCH Typhoon Racing On a Roll in USA's Offshore Super Series 2008 If winning was easy, everyone would be doing it. Typhoon Racing knows that it takes hard work and dedication to win and that's just what they did at the first race of...
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Typhoon Racing On a Roll in USA's Offshore Super Series 2008
If winning was easy, everyone would be doing it. Typhoon Racing knows that it takes hard work and dedication to win and that's just what they did at the first race of the 2008 Offshore Super Series race in Biloxi Mississippi on April 6th. Typhoon Racing scorched into first place in the Vee Lite class having come from the third row on the starting grid, in a class of 8 boats. They took home their share of the $50,000 purse by running an average speed of 83.23 mph around the eight mile course. With the intent of securing their lead in the standings, Typhoon had everything in play during the second race of the OSS season in Lake Havasu, Arizona on Sunday April 28. With a last place start on the grid, the team moved up from 6th place to 2nd place only to have the unthinkable - and almost impossible - happen.. a broken propeller that quite literally propelled them out of the race.
Commenting on the races, Typhoon throttleman Randy (Mad Dog) Schleuss said "Typhoon racing team has been in the game for ten years and we have a good track record, not great but good. This year I can already tell will be different. We are definitely the team to beat - and our first win was outstanding and decisive. This is the year that Typhoon will rule the seas." Randy went on to talk about teammate, Jim (Y-O) Natoli, Typhoon driver: "Jim's driving skills in a race boat are remarkable for someone in their 3rd year of racing. Jim can drive on the ragged edge of spinning out and has that ability to stay cool under pressure, like when we are just inches apart from another boat and fighting for a line around a pin. Jim and I have our sights set on winning the OSS national championships in 2008!"
"Jim's driving skills in a race boat are remarkable for someone in their 3rd year of racing. Jim can drive on the ragged edge of spinning out and has that ability to stay cool under pressure, like when we are just inches apart from another boat and fighting for a line around a pin."
But all is not lost and there are 5 more races this season. Typhoon is currently 2nd in the standings trailing the leaders by only 2 points! This is a very competitive class.
On a more personal note, Randy was awarded the Randy Lineback Light House trophy for sportsmanship, which was established in honor of an outstanding racer. The recipient is chosen each year from the votes of all racers in the OSS circuit. This is the highest honor any racer can receive from his peers. Commenting on his award, Randy said: "Winning this trophy was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. It wasn't something that any of us see as a goal to win, it's something that just happened and I wasn't expecting it at all. I fell in love with this sport 10 years ago and I can't stop trying to make it grow and be better, it really is the ultimate motorsport."
"I have always tried my best to make new teams feel at home, whether it be by sharing my knowledge about the sport, technical know how or even sharing parts, I will go to great lengths to keep racers in the game. We share meals, beer, the good times and the bad. It's a tough sport - and we are all amateurs competing in a very professional manner."
We asked Randy what he enjoys most about being at a race site. He replied: "Just put some young fans in your cockpit and watch their faces. After Jim and I won the Biloxi race so many fans came up to us and asked for pictures. In fact one family said that they had watched us last year and had come back to see us race again!"
The secret to Typhoon's success this year? "Two things - a fantastic boat and teamwork. We've worked hard on the boat all winter and it's flying this year - we have felt really good in testing and our first race was a sure win. We had moved up from the last place on the grid start in the second race and were just moving into second place when the prop broke. But our success is down to teamwork - it is the combination of our passion and fervor with Jim's calm demeanor, he has a natural ability to drive whilst under pressure, deck to deck, without distraction and right at the edge. And Jim and I hit it off right out of the gate. When you have a partner that has the same passion as you it makes even the bad days like in Lake Havasu seem good. I think we will be team- mates for years to come. It is hard to find someone you can trust with your life!"