Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: Race day
35 Grand Prix in beautiful Sarasota in the books! More than four and half hours of high octane racing, with more boats participating this year than ever before.
“We gave the best we could do, we are just happy to get the boat in the race, for the combat veterans. And show them that we are here to support them,” Micheal Stancombe said.
Stancombe has been a part of this race since 1989, his partner at “Unleashed,” Shannon Penn came up short today on the water but
David Caras Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge: “They are one of the only race team, here this weekend that are sponsoring a veterans organization, we are very lucky and they are helping us get a lot of visibility.”
This made it a no brainier for driver Shannon Penn to jump aboard.
“She said we are going to do it for the wounded warriors, and a lot of my family is in the military, so we are going to take care of that,” Penn said.
How about team Shadow Pirate, making the 18 hour drive from New York to claim a title in Class 7 division.
“It feels great, to get a checker flag here, I raced here two years ago maybe and to get a checker flag here is a very important thing to me,” Joseph Reilly said.
The captain, Dyllan Gold couldn't be happier for the results: “Made it happen, made the drive and it was worth every minute of it.”
And it would be a crime not to catch up with team Boatfloater, and the Kildahl’s who have yet to miss a Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix since the competition came here in 1984.
“Led down the back stretch, took the green flag and led from flag to flag,” Kildahl said.
The boys got the job done again in the Super Vee Extreme Class.
“It is an awesome feeling to win the Sarasota offshore Grand Prix.” “There is nothing in the world better than racing with my son,” Kildahl said.