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Faces Of The Great Lakes Grand Prix

One month—that’s how long it has been since been Super Cat, Super Stock and Class 1 racers last competed at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. The break between the Southwest Florida event and the Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, Ind., this weekend is a long one for them because—go figure—racers are happiest when they’re racing.

(Clockwise from left) An impromptu Super Cat-class meeting broke out this weekend with Bill Pyburn, Jr., of Dirty Money Racing, Chris Grant of Graydel, Wayne Valder of Valder Yachts/Pro Floors Racing, Tyler Miller of M CON and Beau Renfroe of Dirty Money Racing. Photos by Pete Boden

They’re also happiest when they’re together. No matter how ferocious they are on the racecourse, they are a close extended family off it.

So they tend to miss each other almost as much as the competition. That much is obvious from the images photographer Pete Boden captured this weekend.

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Extended family, on and off the racecourse.

The plus side of the month-long offshore racing schedule gap? It gives teams a chance to evaluate their performances after a few races, adjust things as necessary and refocus.

Still, by the time the Michigan City race on Lake Michigan pops they are ready to get back on the racecourse. That means today’s fog delay is likely making most of them a little crazy.

At least they have each other.

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