4th Annual Event Expects Great Turn Out
Michigan City, IN (July 27, 2012) – The 4th annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix powerboat race is set for August 3rd – 5th in beautiful Michigan City, Indiana. At the water’s edge, next to the Washington Park, stands the only working lighthouse in Indiana that borders ‘turn one’ of the race course. Teams head to this part of Indiana (southernmost tip of Lake Michigan) for what is anticipated to be an exciting race with some of the largest and most powerful offshore race boats in the world.
Teams will start to arrive at this lakeside community Thursday August 2nd for an even bigger event than in years past. The LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Michigan City Parks and Rec is preparing for what is the 4th stop of the Super Boat International racing series season. Much is expected from this coastal community and they always deliver. When the boats arrive into town, the race fans and beachgoers come alive and everyone knows August has arrived.
Founder of Super Boat International (SBI), John Carbonell, is expecting the big Superboat Unlimited boats to display some very exciting racing. “The Unlimited Class is our biggest and fastest boats. These boats along with all the production classes and stock classes have really been racing hard this season and we expect the same here this weekend. Our unlimited class, which is a class of unlimited horsepower and size should be exciting to watch. Team Cintron, a local favorite should really put on a show.”
The sleek silver 50’ Mystic catamaran always is a crowd pleaser and when you hear those engines fire up, you can bet that Team Cintron is ready to race. The owner of Team Cintron, Wes Wyatt, comments how exciting it is to race in Michigan City. “The people and the support we get from here is unbelievable and compared to all the places to race, it is certainly one of the best. The CVB, fire and police departments’ support really means a lot to us. It’s a great family environment, it’s never hectic and they always make it an enjoyable place to come back. This year should be great.”
Most all the racers really like coming to Michigan City, not just for the community support, but for the competitive and rough conditions Lake Michigan can produce. Team “Watch Your Back” races in the very competitive Super Vee Light (SVL), single engine 525 HP Vee Bottom class and knows it can be rough. “This water can be rough and very bumpy… at the same time very exciting. We know our fans love watching us launch out of the water, wave to wave. The racing is spectacular and we have a great time in the parade and block party on Saturday night interacting with the fans. They always have a great turnout,” comments Dr. Mike Janssen, owner and throttleman of the SVL team.
When conditions are calm, the Great Lakes Grand Prix has seen thousands of spectator boats line the course. With the current weather predictions for this year’s event, we could anticipate record crowds and an endless raft of spectator boats. The CVB has reported increasing crowds over the years and, with the popularity of the Blue Chip Casino, this 4th year could set the high water mark. Spectators should come early on Sunday and beat the known interstate traffic.
This year the event will be streamed on new.livestream.com/sbi so you won’t miss any of the action. On the Livestream page, watch and listen to interviews, make comments and watch all the action as it happens. Fans can stay connected with us at superboat.com and Like Us on Facebook for all this year’s news. The Super Boat schedule is posted through 2013 with races in Cocoa Beach, Sarasota and Miami, FL; Michigan City IN; New York, NY; Clearwater and Key West, FL.
Michigan City’s Washington Park (Dry Pits)
Teams will start to arrive Thursday, August 2nd and Friday, August 3rd to Washington Park to stage their race boats and transportation equipment. Friday registration begins for teams and the dry pits opens to the public at 8:00 am. Later in the evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be an authentic Hawaiian Luau and VIP party. Also, from 7-11 pm ‘Point’n Fingers’ will be playing in the Jaycees Pavilion. Saturday, August 4th the park opens at 8:00 am and teams will test from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Also at the same time on Saturday, the park will be hosting a Classic Car show. At 6:00 pm, Super Boats will parade downtown with a block party on Franklin Street from 7 pm until 10 pm. Team Cintron Energy Drink will sponsor live entertainment downtown. In the dry pits from 7pm – 11pm, Howard & the White Boys will be playing in Jaycees pavilion. Sunday races are scheduled for 11:00 am and 1:00 pm along the beach off Washington Park. There will be music from 2-4 pm by Mr. Funny Man in the Dry pits and awards are scheduled for 5:00 pm in the Blue Chip Casino.