Teams Prepare for New Superboat Class & Extreme Class
Key West (October 31, 2012) – Teams have been preparing for nearly 12 months for what is expected to be an epic World Championship event November 4th through the 11th in Key West, Florida. Known around the world by offshore race teams and fans, Key West is the ‘marquee’ event when it comes to a world title showdown. Super Boat International (SBI) is welcoming nearly 50 professional offshore race teams who will compete for the coveted World Championship title. This year’s running of the 32nd race will play host to more international powerboat teams than previous years and to a new Superboat and Extreme Class of racing.
The water and weather conditions are always unpredictable around Key West and, with the recent Hurricane (Sandy) affecting much of the East Coast, SBI’s founder, John Carbonell, is looking for calmer weather ahead. “As familiar with hurricanes as we are in Key West, we have much sympathy for the families along the Eastern seaboard. The destruction was so vast by the recent storm; we can only hope things begin to get back to normal as quickly as possible for those who have been affected. We expect good racing conditions around Key West and are anticipating a great week of racing. We are going to put on a great show for everyone to enjoy… as teams and fans love to come here for the parties, festivities and, most of all, the racing.”
SBI has had a very successful season after ending the National Points Series races this past September in Clearwater, Fl. Fans will see fewer classes, but will enjoy more boats per class and see them racing with greater competition. SBI has worked hard to limit the number of classes while improving the level of competition among racers. The new Superboat Class will debut under new rules and specifications and will showcase some of the most popular raceboats on the circuit. With entries all around the U.S. and the world… this should be some of the best racing of the year. Team STIHL, Warpaint, FastBoats Marine Group and WHM are just a few teams in the new class excited to compete.
“We are looking forward to racing in the new Superboat Class and expect it to be some of the most exciting racing we have had this season,” comments JR Noble owner/driver of Team STIHL. The new Superboat Class has combined the Super Cat, 750 and 850 cat classes into a near 700+ horsepower class. There is expected to be eight boats competing for the World Championship Title.
Not only is the new Superboat Class expected to draw a crowd, but also the new Superboat Extreme Class will draw 10 competitors to that class. A combination of catamaran and vee bottom, these boats have now combined into one class and, using a GPS system, are not allowed to breakout past 117 mph. We cannot exclude the excitement expected in the Super Vee Limited Class that has seen some great racing this season. Also, fans of the Super Stock and Manufacturer Production classes can expect very competitive excitement.
This year all three-race days will be streamed on https://new.livestream.com/sbi/keywest12 so you won’t miss any of the action. On the Livestream page, watch all the action as it happens, listen to interviews and make comments. 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.
Truman Annex (Dry Pits)
Teams will start to arrive in Key West, Sunday, November 4th for the first of many activities. At 4:00 pm on Sunday, a boat parade will leave Truman Annex (Dry Pits) and head for Duval Street. The first Mandatory Drivers meeting is scheduled for 8:30 am on Monday, November 5th.
Also Monday, at 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, the pits officially open for spectators to come see the race teams in the dry pits in Truman Waterfront. Tuesday, November 6th is the first day of testing from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Wednesday, November 7th is the first day of racing with races at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and last race of the day will start at 2:00 pm. Testing will resume on Thursday, November 8th at the same test times; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
November 9th, Friday is the second day of racing. All race times are as previously noted. The Duval Block Party, always highly anticipated, is on Friday night from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Saturday, November 10th is the final test day. Sunday, November 11th is the final day of racing with twice the number of laps as the previous two day’s races. Races on Sunday are at the same time as the Wednesday and Friday races. At 7:00 pm, the teams are invited to the Marriott Beachside for the celebration of the Award Presentation.