FRIDAY, May 01, 2015 - While many teams are racing this weekend in the famous 24 Hours of Rouen or the F1 Sport Series in Port Neches, Texas, our team will be headed to the muddy and swollen Ohio River near Huntington, WV tomorrow to begin working out the bugs in our 2015 F1 boat.
The new composite Seebold hull is almost ready to race after several months of rigging and engine work to get our 2.4 EFI Mercury Bridgeport powerheads ready for competition. A special thanks goes out to Book Brothers Marine for many weeks of hard work and to Brucato fuel injection systems for designing us an awesome aftermarket fueling system that will boost our engine's horsepower massively. Building an EFI system from scratch isn't easy we have found, but with some determination and some very smart people just a phone call away I think we have conquered the quest.
Tomorrow, we'll get our first chance to see it all come together. Hopefully, if testing goes well this weekend, we can finish up the boat and begin preparing for LaPorte in the next few weeks. Our F1 season opener starts just four weeks from today!
The APBA released the race sanction for the LaPorte race today. As many as 25 F1 boats are expected to kick off the U.S. race season, the biggest anticipated field of entries in quite a few years for F1 boats in any country. You can view the race sanction online at https://www.apba.org/internal/show_sanction.php?EditID=12511.
Last weekend I visited the APBA racers school in Dayton, OH to complete my capsule training certification for the upcoming season. A great evening with the Box 21 rescue crew at Wright State University's swimming complex. Two more years of capsule certification is now taken care of.
And, we are close to our F1 primary sponsorship announcement. In the next 2-3 days our sponsor will be announcing it's pledge to support our team and we'll have the announcement here. The uniforms, driver suit, shirts, hats, tents and the like are either at the office or on their way so we anticipate having a professional look when we report to LaPorte in four weeks. Stay tuned to see whose logo we'll be sporting on our Seebold hull in 2015!