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Old 01-03-2002, 10:50 AM
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The 2002 US offshore racing season will see some dramatic changes because of the entrance of the new FORCE series.
As a result, four races that ran APBA last year...Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cleveland and Corpus Christi...will run with FORCE in 2002 as divisional events.
Crouse Publications' SEATALK column ([email protected]) is running a poll of the drivers and teams who plan to run with FORCE in 2002.
We will post the poll results and quote.. without editorial comment..any drivers or team reps who want to be quoted as to why they will stay with the APBA or change to FORCE.
Also, beginng in the January SEATALK, we will begin publishling our new mini-features on leading people in the sport and of new technology in boats and engines etc.

John Crouse

POLL RESPONSE TO DATE...59 REPLIES
15 FROM TEAMS...9 APBA/ 7 FORCE/ SBI 2

Latest batch of comments has some well writen and incisive observations, including the ones criticizing me! Several have been forwarded to site managers who may want to take heed to improve their events.

ALERT - LOOK FOR SOME MAJOR UPGRADES FOR
NEW FORCE OFFSHORE RACING BODY.


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Old 01-03-2002, 11:38 AM
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John: You show Cleveland as a
FORCE race ?, APBA also shows
Cleveland race on July 26-28.
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Old 01-03-2002, 11:43 AM
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I ain't got nuttin to say on this topic........but I can only imagine what direction this will go.......
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couldn't agree with ya more shor. amazing how easy it is to read right through some things isn't it?
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Old 01-03-2002, 12:07 PM
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Mike...

Bet on Cleveland going FORCE

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Old 01-03-2002, 03:19 PM
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John, Im not trying to start any problems im just asking as
the company my wife works for
Bowman/Barnes has their main
offices just 4 blocks from the
race site.
We hope to get them involved
this year.
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Old 01-03-2002, 03:44 PM
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Solarized and crew will be staying with APBA.There was no question or decision to be made.APBA has fox speedvision w/2 hrs per race.The gm deal means alot to our team.The sponsors of APBA hold true(Amex, GM, Mercury, Lucas Oil, Volvo, Cigarette, Velocity, and Formula).Also the cre sealed engine's level the playing field.Propritary venders Brodix spec heads and Barry Grant carbs with onsite tech inspection by the manufacurers.Onsite service and spare engines from Cre and GM.The cost to race APBA is 30-40% less than SBI.Safety is a major concern of my team and the stars diving team is the best in the business.In SBI there is not a consistent diving team.Only one from each town.APBA is a growing group with very close racing.Frankly,I believe that this is only hurting the sport of offshore racing by everyone splitting into different groups.It hurts our opportunity to develop new sponsorship and it creates chaos among teams.I hope this helps. Bill Park Solarized #1 SVL
 
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Well said Bill.
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Bill your argument makes alotta sense.

As far as the next Seatalk "without editorial comment," I hope John Crouse posts it here so we all can see it.
 
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Bill
Just wondering why you brought SBI into this?
As I read it, the question is "who plans to run with FORCE in 2002".
Also, after running in both sanctioning bodies, which class does it "cost 30-40% less" to run in?
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