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Time for action . . .
2015-03-14
Time for action . . .

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 - The countdown is on and the clock is ticking faster every day.  This winter has been long and cold, but there are signs this past week that we may be over the hump and on our way toward spring.  The ice and snow have melted, the days have warmed, and the desire to actually get out of the office is starting to slowly creep in.

That's a good thing since our season opening F1 race, the Maple City Grand Prix, is just a little over two months away.  The weather was nice enough this past week that I was able to pull the UTV out and get it ready for the race season.  Aired up the tires, changed out the fuel and took it on a run around the farm.  Next up is some decals and roll-bar padding to match our new sponsor's colors.

Speaking of sponsors, we are still a month or maybe more away from our primary F1 sponsor announcement for 2015 because the company is still in the start-up stages and a lot of things remain unknown.  In fact, the F1 race schedule is still up in the air as Pittsburgh has been tentatively added, but not confirmed.  That unknown leaves our sponsorship contract a little unknown, as well as we don't know exactly how many races we'll be participating in during the upcoming season.  But other things are progressing nicely.  The sponsor has ordered our team ballcaps and t-shirts, and we are currently awaiting designs back for our driver's suit, team uniform shirts, tents and feather flags.

Progress on our boat is coming along, and I was motivated enough this past week to charge the batteries on the toterhome and hauler trailer.  Next step as soon as we are sure freezing temperatures are past us is to pull them both outside, clean them up and begin the final improvements before we start loading them up for our trip to LaPorte, Indiana in just nine short weeks!  Down to the wire as usual.  Another off-season where eight months never seems like enough.

Dana Tomes


Another week, another snow storm . . .
2015-03-04
Another week, another snow storm . . .

WEDNESDAY, March 04, 2015 - I saw grass today for the first time in about three weeks as heavy rains washed away the snow.  Tonight, temperatures are falling and another 6 to 12 inches of snow is forecast for tomorrow.   That's been the norm lately.  Since getting our boats ready to race has taken a back seat until the weather breaks, we have been spending our time in the office in recent weeks pounding the sposorship trail.

The good news is that we will be funded in 2015 for about six races which will fulfill about the number of race commitments we are interested in running.  There are opportunities to run many more races if we want, but our funding looks like a six to seven race season is what we can afford to do.  A sponsorship announcement will be coming in April as we prepare for our season opener in late May in F1 at LaPorte, Indiana.

Speaking of F1, the league is finalizing permits to conduct the national championship race in Whiting/Hammond, Ind. in late August and the league is in talks with the regatta planners at Pittsbugh to bring F1 racing back to that city over Fourth of July Weekend.  APR Superleague has ran F2 and F3 at Pittsburgh for the past several years, but F1s were the original hulls raced in that city back in the 80s and 90s, and the new promoter is apparently attempting to work out a deal to bring the boats back to the Steel City.  The bad news in that possible deal is that it would give the USF1 Series races booked on three consecutive weekends at Bay City, Pittsburgh and Valleyfield.  That schedule will make it tough for myself, and many other teams, I suspect, to attend all three events.  So low boat count at Pittsbugh - the middle of three race dates - could be an issue.  F1 racing usually takes an extra day and travel is often further between events.  Being gone the better part of three consecutive weeks may not be an option for many, myself included, but a small, tight river in downtown Pittsburgh looks plenty full with 12 boats so an agreement to bring USF1 to Pittsburgh may satisfy the needs of everyone involved.

Dana Tomes


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