After a month of repairing cosmetic damage incurred as a result of a violent “stuff” during the previous race in Ocean City, Maryland, Team AMSOIL Offshore crossed the State of Michigan to compete in the first running of the Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix. This event was the second race of the 2012 AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series, sanctioned by OPA.
Having only eight weeks to prepare for this event, the City of East Tawas, Michigan pulled out all the stops to present a first class racing festival that involved the entire area.
Fans were able to get up close with the teams and boats at a public dry pits, view the boats in a parade and spend Saturday evening with the teams and boats in a main street block party.
The Team AMSOIL Offshore 368 Skater spent the month at Douglas Marine Skater in Douglas, Michigan for repairs, service, paint, and graphics. Once the boat arrived in East Tawas, the Team spent Friday double checking the work and systems. Saturday was testing day where Paul and Bob ran several laps on the course on Lake Huron with different set ups.
Sunday started out with conditions for the first two races with negligible wind and flat water conditions. As the day went on, the wind picked up a little which changed the race course conditions to about a two foot chop for the third and final event.
Team AMSOIL started on the pole position with PhoenixParts.com in lane two. Spectators were able to view the action close up from the half-mile-long pier at the East Tawas State Dock.
When the green flag dropped, Team AMSOIL took a slight lead and held onto it until the completion of the 8th lap when an over-rev condition from sliding in a turn put the starboard engine in “guardian” mode, resulting in reduced RPM for about a quarter of a mile.
The race was so close that this situation allowed PhoenixParts.com to get by Team AMSOIL on the 9th lap. With less than 2 laps to go, Team AMSOIL was unable to pass PhoenixParts.com to regain the lead, and finished a couple of seconds out of first place. Team AMSOIL Offshore congratulates Ray Contreras and Anthony Smith on a well run race.
We are proud to announce that AMSOIL is the returning sponsor for the 2012 AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series sanctioned by OPA Racing. Cameras will again follow the Team AMSOIL members and other racers throughout the racing series to bring viewers a behind the scenes look at offshore powerboat racing. The shows are projected to be one hour long each, with a rebroadcast of each episode. Coverage of the AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series is set to air Fox Sports Network later this year.
In addition to presenting the AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series, AMSOIL has sponsored the race course Turn Buoys. The big AMSOIL pillows were debuted on the water at the last race.
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!
See you at the races!
Next Stop: St. Clair River Classic – July 27-29, 2012 – St. Clair, Michigan
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