With four races remaining in the inaugural NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship, including next weekend’s Thunder on the Cumberland (June 16-18) in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the organizers of the series are eager for fans to get to see their first television episode this weekend.
The NGK F1 series opener in Gulfport, Fla., will be featured this Sunday on CBS Sports Network. Photo courtesy NGK F1
The series first episode, which will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, June 11, at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT) and again at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT), is going to feature the F1 class races from the season-opening Gulfport Grand Prix in Florida and the second-round Port Neches RiverFest in Texas. Spoiler alert—both races were won by a father and a son with the same last name (you can catch a quick video recap of the events on the NGK F1 Facebook page). For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com and enter your zip code to find your local provider and channel.
According to Tim Seebold, the legendary driver who retired following the 2016 season and is helping organize and promote the NGK F1 series, there’s been one change to the schedule since it was announced at the end of March.
“Unfortunately we will not be conducting our series in conjunction with the Detroit hydroplane races in August, but we are extremely excited to announce an inaugural event in Springfield, Ohio, on the same weekend (Aug. 25-27),” Seebold said, adding that the series will make a stop in Trenton, Mich. (July 14-16) before the Ohio event, which, in association with the City of Springfield and the Clark County Fairgrounds, is being promoted by the United Powerboat Performance Group under APBA sanctioning with S.P.O.R.T. conducting the racing program. “The Springfield event will showcase the Formula 1 and Formula Lights divisions to the delight of a new fan base. We welcome this new opportunity with the long-term strategy of promoting and conducting powerboat racing on the purpose-built facility adjacent to the Clark County Fairgrounds.”
Seebold said the NGK F1 series will wrap up the season at the Shootout on the Sabine in Orange, Texas (Sept. 16-17), and that additional television air dates and distribution information will be announced as it becomes available.