Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and has a long term commitment to growing and developing the sport of powerboating at all levels.
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The one-design race series has concluded a sponsorship deal with Florida-based Spectre Powerboats that will see the fleet of P1 Panther race boats compete in the Spectre P1 SuperStock USA Championship this summer. In another new partnership for the 2017 season and beyond, the P1 SuperStock boats will switch to the Mercury Racing 300XS Optimax engine.
“The P1 series has created a huge following through its TV programming and great race events over the last six years” says Chris Ivey, owner and president of Spectre Powerboats, “and we are excited to partner with them for the 2017 championship. It’s an awesome opportunity for us to promote the best looking boats in the market at the best powerboat events in the USA.” Ivey, a former endurance sportscar racer, will use selected P1 events to showcase the company’s new 32-foot catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines.
Spectre Powerboats will also sponsor a team this season, with the hugely experienced Craig Wilson and his younger sister in the cockpit. “I’m very excited to be racing the Spectre P1 boat and to have Kate alongside me as navigator” commented Wilson. “With the new Mercury engine it’s like driving a brand new boat and I can’t wait to get the season underway.”
P1 will make its sixth visit to Kissimmee for the opening round on May 20 before moving on to Jacksonville and St. Pete Beach in June. The 33rd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival will host Round 4 at the beginning of July and the P1 SuperStock series will make its first visit to the beautiful Florida Keys when Islamorada, some 90 minutes south of Miami, will be the superb venue for the season finale in August.
2017 Race Calendar
Kissimmee : May 20
Jacksonville : June 3
St. Pete Beach : June 17-18
Sarasota : July 1-2
Islamorada : August 19-20