Although he earned a Formula One podium finish in Bay City, Mich., similar success in the Formula Two class has eluded Team AMSOIL powerboat racer Terry Rinker this season, finishing fourth in the three events leading up to the Memphis Riverfront Regatta in Memphis, Tenn. Seeking a competitive edge, Rinker learned of a Formula Two boat crafted by the manufacturer of the boat he piloted to the 2003 Formula One Championship. Retrieving the craft in north Georgia and finding it in like-new condition, Rinker and Crew Chief James Chambers immediately went to work preparing it for competition.
After rolling out the new craft in Memphis, Rinker showed off its speed in the time trials and heat races, earning the third starting position in the 30-lap final. Rocketing off the start dock in the top three, Rinker moved into second just after the race’s midpoint and set his sights on leader Donnie McDowell. With time running out, Rinker passed McDowell with only five laps remaining, successfully held off his challengers and took the checkered flag.
With two events remaining in the APR Superleague Series, Rinker holds second in the points race. He next competes August 21-22 at A Roar of Thunder in Aurora, Ind.