OPGP to feature at Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix festival

Steve Curtis, interim President of the Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix, attended a press conference early this month as the 2015 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival announced it was extending its offshore powerboat racing offering.

Racing to be aired on CBS Sports Network

Steve joined other powerboat dignitaries at the event to launch the renamed Sarasota GP. This year, the event will feature two full days of powerboat racing between July 4 and 5 off Lido Beach, Florida. That is double compared to previous years, whilst the coverage will also be aired on the CBS Sports Network.

General Manager of OPGP, Jason Miller, revealed in a recent press release that Green Light Media will film the action on behalf of CBS Sports Network. Highlights of the Sarasota race will be shown during prime time the following weekend.

Twisted Metal Motorsports in attendance

Although an official line up of offshore racing teams hasn’t been announced for the event yet, the Director of the Sarasota event, Lucy Nicandri, revealed that several teams have put pen to paper on contracts whilst a number more have made verbal agreements.

Notably, Ryan Beckley of DoublEdge Motorsports and Billy Glueck of Twisted Metal Motorsports were in attendance at the press conference.

P1 racing also set to feature

Powerboat fans will also be treated to some P1 Superstock and AquaX series action. P1’s roster of eight outboard-powered V-bottom powerboats will take to the seas along with more than 40 personal watercraft.

“Suncoast Charities for Children produces the Grand Prix Festival, which last year yielded a 26-million-dollar economic impact and over 15,900 room nights,” Nicandri said in the release. “With inclusion of televised coverage showcasing this year’s festival and Sarasota around the world, we hope to boost that economic impact number even higher this year while at the same time provide a net increase of money raised for the charity that serves local special needs children, teens and adults in the Sarasota area.”

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.