The Clearwater Super Boat National Championships of the Super Boat Racing Series took over the city for the weekend of October 2nd – 4th.
On Friday, Coachman Park was transformed into “Race Village,” hosting the race’s dry pits, and where the public had a chance to meet the drivers and see the boats before the races. On Saturday afternoon, practice runs were held in advance of the races, followed by a concert and fireworks display on Clearwater Beach that evening. The races themselves took place on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on a 5.3 mile race course beginning off Pier 60, extending north along Clearwater Beach, and looping back. An estimated 20,000 spectators lined the beach, and more than 1,200 boats of all sizes crowded the 2.5 mile stretch alongside the course.
The 1st Annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship will be held on Clearwater Beach October 2nd – 4th.
Former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst, who is also the Race Chairman, is excited about the event coming to town “I think it’ll be a great event for the area,” he says. “It’s a family event, it’s a fun event.” He is looking forward to the races becoming an annual event, as well as getting to show off both the completed Beach Walk project on South Clearwater Beach, and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico view to incoming visitors. “It’s a great time to bring people here,” he says.
The team raced a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in four CCS races and in ASRA Superstock at the CCS/ASRA Race of Champions at Daytona with rider Greg Gorman.
The Way to Happiness Racing Team made its debut at the CCS/ASRA Race of Champions at Daytona with rider Greg Gorman. The team raced a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in four CCS races and in ASRA Superstock.