Team AMSOIL Offshore Racing just returned from the Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (POPRA) Lake Havasu Offshore Grand Prix in Lake Havasu, Arizona. This two-day race event took place on April 8 & 9, in conjunction with the 20th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, April 8-10. The racing was a welcome addition to Lake Havasu Marine Association’s boat show, and rounded out a full display of boats and performance accessories at the outdoor Windsor Beach venue.
The Team was able to get some testing time in on Thursday with Bob Teague on the throttles and substitute driver John Teague at the wheel. The wind on Thursday afternoon picked up to provide some rough seas and a very challenging experience during docking and craning the boat out of the water.
POPRA utilized the heat racing format for this year’s event, with two separate 6-lap heat races on Friday, and one final 12-lap heat on Saturday. Spectators were able to easily view the racing action from the shores of Windsor Beach, adjacent to the Havasu Boat Show.
The desert weather was inconsistent and unpredictable during the weekend with a mixture of cool temperatures, wind and a sudden thunderstorm. On Saturday, the race boats were underway on the course and had completed about one lap when a giant lightning bolt struck over the lake, causing a black flag condition. The boats immediately exited the course and tied up at the dock to wait until the conditions and visibility improved. About an hour later, the race was re-started and run until completion.
The Team’s Cat Lite competitors in the running were In The Red Racing and Brunner/Horizon Motorsports. Team AMSOIL established a position of dominance early on in each heat and was able to keep a considerable lead over the other boats in its class.
Team AMSOIL Offshore won 1st place in each of the 3 heats and also won the Lake Havasu Offshore Grand Prix overall. This event marks Bob Teague’s 38th season of offshore racing and the completion of the first offshore Cat Lite race for John Teague, quite a feat for the father and son team. John is a regular Team AMSOIL crew member and previously had only driven the race boat during a couple of testing sessions.
Team AMSOIL was pleased to be part of the race festivities and support POPRA, which Bob Teague has raced with since the 1970s, and has served as the President of the club for many years during the 1990s. The camaraderie in this racing community was evident and a great show was put on for the race fans. The Team looks forward to racing in Lake Havasu City again.
Team AMSOIL captured virtually every title possible in the Cat Lite / Super Cat Class during the 2010 racing season. Team AMSOIL is also the holder of the OSS World Endurance record for Miami to Bimini and back, and captured the POPRA World Kilo Record in its class with an official average speed of 131.981mph.
The Team is extremely proud to announce the continued support of AMSOIL Inc. AMSOIL’s great sponsorship package, dedicated racing department team and superior lubricants all make it possible for Team AMSOIL Offshore Racing to achieve success! The AMSOIL Dominator Racing Oil continues to be proven as the best choice for the Mercury Racing 525 EFI engines. The Team has also proven that the absolute best oil for a Mercury dry-sump VISSM drive is AMSOIL “MCF.” Teague Custom Marine is an authorized AMSOIL dealer and offers the complete line of high performance lubricants in its store and for purchase over the phone. There are also opportunities available for you to become a dealer!
Next stop: Lake Havasu DESERT STORM Poker Run, presented by Lake Racer LLC & Teague Custom Marine Inc. – April 27-30, 2011 www.lakeracerllc.com
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