P1 Superstock USA Kicks Off
The P1 SuperStock USA Championship is set to bring powerboat racing back to St. Cloud for the first time in three years at the 2012 “Spring Fling” presented by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud from March 30-April 1.
St. Cloud is the first stop for the 2012 P1 SuperStock USA tour and powerboat racing’s biggest stars will look to start their season in style as they race the waters of East Lake Tohopekaliga (East Lake Toho) on a 1 ¾-mile course. St. Cloud was traditionally the season opener for offshore powerboat racing for many years beginning in 1983 when teams would race East Lake Toho as an exhibition race.
The “Spring Fling” is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud. Activities off the water include field games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors and for the first time ever, a “Poker Night.” General admission into the event is free or an armband can be purchased for access into the wet pits where the boats will be on display.
The Powerboat P1 SuperStock USA Championship series features a global, one-design powerboat with the same engine and propeller, leveling the playing field for all competitors. The driver’s make the difference, not the amount of their investment. The series is sanctioned by the Union Internationale Motonautica (UIM) and the American Powerboat Association (APBA) to create a genuine competitive championship series at the regional, national, continental and world-championship level.
“We are excited to bring powerboat racing back to the Spring Fling,” said Michael Long, President of the Rotary Club of St. Cloud. “People always ask about the boats and fans will get to enjoy a great show put on by the P1 SuperStock USA series.”
Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self.” Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.