Herd Racing's #66 SST-120 powerboat racing team will compete in a limited 2016 race season, entering three events in West Virginia and Ohio.
The team will compete at Huntington, WV for the APBA's North American Championship, as well at Ravenswood, WV for the sport's Northeast Division Championship, before closing out the season at Portsmouth, Ohio at the Buckeye Outboard Association's Portsmouth Challenge.
The team had originally planned three races in 2016 in Formula 1 to compliment the three announced races in SST-120, but lingering problems getting the team's F1 boat into race shape and other responsibilities on the plate of team owner and pilot Dana Tomes have resulted in a revised abbreviated race season.
"We purchased a new business this spring and it has taken a lot more of my attention and finances than I thought it would," said Tomes. "We have moved some of our race shop to another shop where we have river access and our own boat ramp, so in the long run we're going to be more active and more competitive in our racing, but in the short term we will have to make some sacrifices that will keep us home a good bit this summer."
Tomes said the team's plans are to compete in 6-8 events in 2017, but said the sport of tunnel boat racing in the U.S. is fluid and often changing.
"We'll see where the sport is next spring, where the races are, who the promoters are and go from there," Tomes said. "We saw a lot of change the past few years, new promoters, new race sites, new sanctioning bodies, so I expect some more change to occur. We'll have our boats ready to compete next year and get back to being full time like we had been in the past."