With a third-place finish in the three-boat Class One field, Miss GEICO’s performance last Saturday at the Lake Race—the second stop in the six-race American Power Boat Association Series—on the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri didn’t exactly wow throttleman Steve Curtis, driver James Sheppard or the rest of the Miss GEICO team. A damaged propeller knocked the 41-footer, which like the other 41-foot Victory Team-built catamarans in the class runs Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines, out of the contest.
Miss GEICO took an aggressive approach to the Lake Race course—at least while it lasted (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
But before the Miss GEICO raceboat was forced to withdraw, speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden snagged a great image of the big cat cranking its way through a left turn and displacing a whole lot of freshwater in the process. And that photo was an obvious choice for our Image of the Week.
Next up in the APBA Offshore Championship Series is the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, and Miss GEICO, as well as the Victory and 222 Offshore teams that finished ahead of it at the Lake Race, will be there and—of course—the Miss GEICO team is hoping for a better result. And if fortune smiles upon the GEICO crew, they may well get it.
But we’re not sure they’ll get a better picture of their raceboat in action.