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HotelPlanner Sarasota Grand Prix Day 1 Recap

Visit Jacksonville and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater take P1 SuperStock race wins on Day 1 of HotelPlanner.com Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

The HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival saw drama, as Visit Jacksonville and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater took home a race victory each on the opening day.

International crews from the UK and USA took to water, with choppy conditions present, after thunderstorms had interrupted the first scheduled race on Saturday morning.

However, fans who’d gathered in both the race pits and on Lido Beach didn’t have to wait for too long to see the drivers piloting the P1 Panthers, as race one got underway in the late afternoon.

Once the Neolith pace boat dropped the green flag and released the five-strong field, Scottish father and daughter duo Davie and Ashleigh Finlayson took an early lead in the GoToSteves.com boat, closely followed by George Ivey and Brian Lynch of Visit Jacksonville.

At the halfway point, the Scottish crew were still in the lead of the race, with Visit Jacksonville still on their tail. And then, with just a few minutes to go, Ivey and Lynch overtook the leaders with a great passing move to slide into top spot with six laps to go.

Visit Jacksonville maintained their lead through to the race’s conclusion, with the GoToSteves.com boat doing a sterling job in finishing second, while Gallagher took third place. GEICO Racing and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater rounded out the rest of the field.

The P1 SuperStock powerboats then came back out for their second race of the day, with more vital championship points on offer for the victor.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater took the lead from the beginning, with the GEICO Racing team of Brian Maine and Tony Knight competing for the lead. Later in the race GoToSteves.com and Visit Jacksonville were neck and neck, competing for third spot in some close racing out on the water, while the St. Pete/Clearwater team were out in the open, leading the race.

Visit Jacksonville managed to hold off the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater boat, while the Gallagher team were out of the running, back in fifth place.

From there on out, the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater crew of Neil Jackson and Jamie Canter had no further challenges, and powered home to victory, in a perfect race. GEICO and Visit Jacksonville finished second and third, while GoToSteves.com and Gallagher rounded out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Saturday, June 30th 2018, Production Class

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P3-3 Wix Filters Scott Brown Ed Tamberino 10
Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P4-411 Perdition JJ Turk Brian Williamson 10
2 P3-50 The Dollhouse Clyde Petty Robert Bryant 9
3 P4-24 Superior Asphalt, Inc. Chris Economides Ryan Beckley 4
Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P5-40 Pump It Jim Sigman Mikey Dacey 8
2 P5-576 Two Cruel Daniel Racz Craig Belfatto 8
3 P5-528 Krizenpest.com Ryan Krizen Rick Krizen 8
4 P5-545 Hammerheads Dennis Austin Don Jackson 7
5 P5-62 On Edge Bill Quinn Harold Castle 2

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Unlimited

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 113 Miss Geico James Sheppard Steve Curtis 12 29:40.44 20
2 30 Legacy Builders Brett Furshman Billy Glueck 10 30:51.46 15
3 77 Lucas Oil Silverhook Jay Johnson Nigel Hook 9 31:42.08 17

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Superstock 300

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 S-1 Gettel Nick Scafidi Scott Porta 9 28:52.14 20
2 S-17 Team Allen Lawn Care & Landscaping Andrei Allen Billy Allen 9 28:53.11 17
3 S-1X FJ Propeller Jimmie Harrison Gary Ballough 9 29:00.92 15
4 S-111 Professional Plumbing Damon Marotta Ryan Beckley 9 31:52.01 14

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Super Cat

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps
1 NZ-1 Pro-Floors Racing Wayne Valder Scott Hanley 17
2 US-1 Performance Boat Center / Jimmy Johns Myrick Coil John Tomlinson 17
3 4 Cleveland Construction Ed Smith Grant Bruggemann 17
4 6 M-CON Tyson Garvin Tyler Miller 17
5 5 WHM Motorsport Billy Mauf Jay Muller 12
6 13 AMH Construction Aaron Hope Anthony Smith 12
7 33 MGI Digital Tech-Konica Minolta Glen Hibbard Randy Sweers 10

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Vee Lite Special Event

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 32 Mr. Technology Will Smith Jimmy Deitch 9 29:58.61 20
2 51 Sunprint Management Steven Fehrmann Steve Miklos 9 32:10.01 17
3 2 Boatfloater.com Stephen Kildahl Steve Kildahl 9 23.32.26 15
DQ 9 Phantom 9 Mark Neimann Quinton Concilus 9 33:42.99 0
DQ V-1 LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness Britt Lilly Ron Umlandt 9 30:56.69 0

Visit Jacksonville and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater take P1 SuperStock race wins on Day 1 of HotelPlanner.com Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

Friday June 29th

02:00 - 03:30PM - Meet And Greet – Who is in the driver's seat - Hyatt
06:00 - 11:00PM - "Boats By The Bay" Party In The Pits - Van Wezel Pits

Saturday June 30th

09:00 - 10:00AM - Aquax Pro Race 1
10:00 - 10:30AM - Superstock Practice
10:45 - 11:15AM - Superstock Race 1
11:15 - 12:45AM - P1-3, P4-6 Races
12:45 - 04:00PM - Open Practice For Sarasota Invitational Classes
04:15 - 05:00PM - Aquax Pro Race 2
05:00 - 05:45PM - P1 Superstock Race 2 & 3
10:00 - 06:00PM - Grand Prix Fan Festival - Van Wezel Pits

Sunday July 1st

09:00 - 10:00AM - Aquax Pro Race 3
10:15 - 11:30AM - Super Vee Lite Class
11:30 - 12:45AM - Superstock 300 ClassA
01:00 - 02:30PM - Super Cat Class
02:45 - 03:15PM - Unlimited / Super Vee Class Race
05:30 - 06:30PM - Awards Ceremony - Van Wezel Pits

P1 Superstock US Heat Results for:Sarasota
Heat 1 Results Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
Round: 5 Heat 1
Class: P1 Panther 250 US
Race Distance: 9 nm Laps: 6
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 94 Visit Jacksonville George Ivey Brian Lynch 00:11:45 45.96 52.89 85.11 20
2nd 24 GoToSteves.com David Finlayson David Finlayson 00:12:05 44.69 51.43 82.77 17
3rd 90 Gallagher Jason Morton Michael Whipple 00:13:22 40.40 46.49 74.82 15
4th 75 GEICO Racing Brian Maine Tony Knight 00:10:59 40.97 47.15 75.88 14
5th 35 Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater Neil Jackson Stephon Dinicolantonio 00:11:55 30.21 34.76 55.95 13
Heat 2 Results Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
Round: 5 Heat 2
Class: P1 Panther 250 US
Race Distance: 9 nm Laps: 6
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 35 Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater Neil Jackson Stephon Dinicolantonio 00:11:35 46.62 53.65 86.34 20
2nd 75 GEICO Racing Brian Maine Tony Knight 00:11:49 45.70 52.59 84.63 17
3rd 94 Visit Jacksonville George Ivey Brian Lynch 00:12:06 44.63 51.36 82.65 15
4th 24 GoToSteves.com David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson 00:13:27 40.15 46.20 74.36 14
5th 90 Gallagher Jason Morton Jerry Davids 00:11:57 37.66 43.33 69.74 13

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Saturday, June 30th 2018, Production Class

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P3-3 Wix Filters Scott Brown Ed Tamberino 10
Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P4-411 Perdition JJ Turk Brian Williamson 10
2 P3-50 The Dollhouse Clyde Petty Robert Bryant 9
3 P4-24 Superior Asphalt, Inc. Chris Economides Ryan Beckley 4
Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time
1 P5-40 Pump It Jim Sigman Mikey Dacey 8
2 P5-576 Two Cruel Daniel Racz Craig Belfatto 8
3 P5-528 Krizenpest.com Ryan Krizen Rick Krizen 8
4 P5-545 Hammerheads Dennis Austin Don Jackson 7
5 P5-62 On Edge Bill Quinn Harold Castle 2

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Unlimited

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 113 Miss Geico James Sheppard Steve Curtis 12 29:40.44 20
2 30 Legacy Builders Brett Furshman Billy Glueck 10 30:51.46 15
3 77 Lucas Oil Silverhook Jay Johnson Nigel Hook 9 31:42.08 17

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Superstock 300

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 S-1 Gettel Nick Scafidi Scott Porta 9 28:52.14 20
2 S-17 Team Allen Lawn Care & Landscaping Andrei Allen Billy Allen 9 28:53.11 17
3 S-1X FJ Propeller Jimmie Harrison Gary Ballough 9 29:00.92 15
4 S-111 Professional Plumbing Damon Marotta Ryan Beckley 9 31:52.01 14

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Super Cat

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps
1 NZ-1 Pro-Floors Racing Wayne Valder Scott Hanley 17
2 US-1 Performance Boat Center / Jimmy Johns Myrick Coil John Tomlinson 17
3 4 Cleveland Construction Ed Smith Grant Bruggemann 17
4 6 M-CON Tyson Garvin Tyler Miller 17
5 5 WHM Motorsport Billy Mauf Jay Muller 12
6 13 AMH Construction Aaron Hope Anthony Smith 12
7 33 MGI Digital Tech-Konica Minolta Glen Hibbard Randy Sweers 10

Sarasota Grand Prix of the Sea Invitational

Sunday, July 1st 2018, Vee Lite Special Event

Pos Boat # Boat Name Driver Navigator Laps Total Elapsed Time Pts
1 32 Mr. Technology Will Smith Jimmy Deitch 9 29:58.61 20
2 51 Sunprint Management Steven Fehrmann Steve Miklos 9 32:10.01 17
3 2 Boatfloater.com Stephen Kildahl Steve Kildahl 9 23.32.26 15
DQ 9 Phantom 9 Mark Neimann Quinton Concilus 9 33:42.99 0
DQ V-1 LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness Britt Lilly Ron Umlandt 9 30:56.69 0
P1 Superstock US Standings
Pos # Team Miami Kissimmee St Cloud Jacksonville St. Pete Beach Sarasota Pts
1st 0 Gallagher 14 111 33 37 28 223
2nd 0 GEICO Racing 17 109 26 31 31 214
3rd 0 Visit Jacksonville 15 81 29 29 35 189
4th 0 GoToSteves.com 13 75 31 35 31 185
5th 0 Frank & Al's Pizza 20 88 34 - - 142
6th 0 Rapid Building Solutions 11 73 25 - - 109
7th 0 Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater 12 64 26 - 33 135
8th 0 Southeastern Lighting Solutions - - - - - 0

The 34th Sarasota Grand Prix Festival will once again welcome the SuperStock USA Championship on June 30 and July 1.

The finale of the 2018 SuperStock Championship will take place ahead of the Fourth of July weekend as powerboat racing and jet ski racing team up for a weekend of speed and power in front of hundreds of thousands of fans gathered on Lido Beach.
Check out the video here! 34thAnnualHotelPlannerSarasotaGrandPrix

Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County provides the quintessential white-sand beach getaway, perfect for absorbing the noise, power and excitement of a double-bill of world class powerboat and jet ski racing.

Dubbed the "Home of the American Circus," Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and fans can experience its special culture first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies.

For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.com or call (800) 522-9799.

Last season Sarasota played host to the penultimate round of the 2017 SuperStock USA Championship as Spectre made their championship credentials clear with a clean sweep of victories.

Please use the following P1 HotelPlanner search tool to find your perfect stay for the race:

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GRAND PRIX "FAN FEST"

Great Turnout at the 2017 Grand Prix Fran Fest

Great Turnout at the 2017 Grand Prix Fran Fest

Head on down to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center just off North Tamiami Trail to check out the Grand Prix Fan Fest area. There will be music, food, drinks and much more! You will get a chance to check out the boats and race teams up close and personal. There will be a Budweiser tent with drinks for sale and many food options so come hungry! This area is open to the public so come out with the whole family and enjoy the 34th Annual Hotel Planner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.

Saturday June 30th

LOCATION: VAN WEZEL PARKING LOT

EVENT TIMES: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

EVENT ADDRESS: 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236

  • See teams up close preparing to race
  • Watch a livestream of the races from under a tent
  • Music - Food - Full Bar - Vendors

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