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Team AMSOIL offshore racers Bob Teague and Paul Whittier competed at the Superboat Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix on Fourth of July weekend in Sarasota, Fla. Following 100 miles of testing in the calmer-than-normal Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, the conditions for Sunday’s race were much rougher.
When the green flag dropped, Team AMSOIL got stuck in traffic going into the first turn, allowing the new Stihl 388 boat to take the early lead before engaging in a close deck-to-deck battle with Team AMSOIL. Team AMSOIL caught and passed Team Stihl and extended its lead to about 11 seconds before being slowed by lapped traffic. While Team Stihl came within a boat length heading into the final outside turn, Team AMSOIL hit a large rogue wave which caused the boat to hook violently and end up on the wrong side of the turn buoy. Team AMSOIL was then forced to go back and “make up” the turn, allowing Team Stihl to cross the finish line first. However, post race inspections revealed Team Stihl’s propellers did not meet the required specifications for thickness, disqualifying them and awarding Team AMSOIL the checkered flag.
Team AMSOIL will next compete July 16-18 at the OPA/Geico race in Harrison Township, Mich.