What’s the advantage of being a local racer in the Grand Prix?

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SARASOTA – What does the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix mean to local racers?
“It’s a chance to run against friends and find out who’s faster,” local racer, Will Smith, said.

Racing at home means…
“We can sleep in our own bed, that’s always a plus,” Krizen Pest control driver, Ryan Krizen, said.
“The actual logistics of being here makes it better, I have to drive 10 minutes versus days across the country,” Legacy Builders Throttleman, Bill Glueck, added.

Race Director, Steve Kildahl, says home-field advantage plays a factor.
Especially knowing how the waters are always changing.
“The course can be calm, but the course between the two passes can be rough,” Kildahl said. “So it’s challenging for the race teams to come here and race.”

But Sarasota’s Grand Prix still tests those from the area.
“Sarasota is probably the hardest races to do physically because of the time of the year,” Glueck said. “It’s hot, it gets to 135 degrees in that boat.”

If you brave the heat this weekend, chances are you may see familiar faces on the podium.
“The last three years we’ve done really well, we’ve been on the podium, we won in 2015, looking to have fun and get on the podium again,” Krizen said.

On Edge throttleman, Harold Castle, says he plans on racing in his backyard for years to come.
“I want to keep it going, I’ll do everything I can,: Castle said. “It’s my family’s legacy to promote this, and keep it in this area, and we will.”

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for www.foxsports.com covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.