Miss GEICO Team ‘Eager and Anxious’ For Sarasota Race After Long Lay-Off

By this point in the season, the Miss GEICO offshore racing team was supposed to have one race under its belt heading into next month’s Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix on Florida’s west coast. But with the tragic death of offshore racer David Raabe leading to the cancellation of the Offshore Powerboat Association event in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Miss GEICO driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scott Begovich have not shared the cockpit of their 44-foot catamaran—with the exception of a recent air show and numerous practice and testing sessions—since their disappointing outing at the 2016 Super Boat International Offshore World Championships last November in Key West, Fla.

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Last seen on the racecourse in November 2016 at the SBI Key West World Championships (above), Miss GEICO will compete in next month’s Sarasota Grand Prix. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Mungle To Compete In Texas Outlaw Challenge Shootout

Though he’s officially out of regular top-speed shootout competition this year, Kenny Mungle will run his Gone Again Skater 388 catamaran in the upcoming Texas Outlaw Challenge Shootout in Seabrook. The Super Boat International Superboat-class 38-footer, which formally was owned and campaigned by the STIHL offshore racing team, is powered by twin 750-hp Frank McComas-built engines.

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Off the shootout circuit for the most part this season, Kenny Mungle plans to run his Gone Again Skater 388 cat in the upcoming Texas-based competition. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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U.K.-Based Team To Pursue British Isles Endurance Record

Backed by United Kingdom-based Mercury Marine outboard engine distributor E.P. Barrus Ltd., the SUNUS Ocean Racing team of driver/throttleman Tom Montgomery-Swan, navigator Michal Galczewski, British television personality/adventurer Ben Fogle and Barrus marine general manager Ben Allen will attempt to break the 2,000-nautical-mile British Isles circumnavigation record this summer, according to a press release from the team. The team will use a Spectre Boats International C237 V-bottom powered by twin Mercury Racing 400R outboards in the attempt.

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A four-man team will attempt to pilot this Mercury Racing Verado 400R-powered 32-footer to a new British Isles circumnavigation record.

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Powerboat P1 SuperStock Racing Coming To St. Pete Beach

With the second stop of its 2017 season in Jacksonville, Fla., in the books, the Powerboat P1 SuperStock USA Series presented by Mercury Racing heads for St. Beach, Fla., June 17-18. The two-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Spectators can catch the action from the Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach, as well as from the water in the “spectator zone,” according to a press release from the race-producing-sanctioning organizations.

The organizers are expecting nine teams to compete in the St. Pete Beach event.

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The St. Pete Beach race will be the third event of the year for the Powerboat P1 SuperStock USA Series.

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First NGK F1 Powerboat Championship Episode to Air on CBS Sports Network this Sunday

With four races remaining in the inaugural NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship, including next weekend’s Thunder on the Cumberland (June 16-18) in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the organizers of the series are eager for fans to get to see their first television episode this weekend.

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The NGK F1 series opener in Gulfport, Fla., will be featured this Sunday on CBS Sports Network. Photo courtesy NGK F1

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