When 22-year-old Nick Imprescia, the son of legendary offshore racing throttleman Joey Imprescia whose career spanned the 1980s and 1990s, started competing in the sport he often heard he “had big shoes to fill.” Though Imprescia, who earned this first Mod V-class world title last November in the Race World Offshore Championships in Key West, Fla., rightly adores and idolizes his father, he always bristled at that comment.
“I have to create my own footsteps,” he told Brit Lilly, a multi-time world champion Stock V-class racer during a video shoot in Fond du Lac, Wis., for an upcoming Speed On The Water/Scrapyard Media-produced series backed by Mercury Racing. “That is what my father taught me.”
Though he appreciates the doors having a famous offshore racing father may have helped open, Nick Imprescia is committed to blazing his own trail. Photo by Cole McGowan copyright Powerboat P1.
The son of offshore racing great Art Lilly, Lilly chuckled.
“I always wanted to be exactly like my father in offshore racing,” said the 36-year-old racer. “That was my goal. He was my idol and I wanted to be just like him.”
But while their famous fathers inspired them in different ways, Imprescia and Lilly are destined to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Imprescia, who works at Shaun Torrente Racing in Southwest Florida has big plans for the 2023 season, though he wasn’t ready to reveal them when he sat alongside Lilly last month in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Brit Lilly has a legion of fans in offshore powerboat racing, but none is more devoted and passionate than his wife, Amanda. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The owner of Maryland-based Lilly Sport Boats, Lilly plans to continue competing in the Stock V class, while reprising his role as the back-up driver for the Class 1 Huski Chocolate team.
Imprescia and Lilly aren’t just poised for success. Both are poised, as viewers will learn from the video conversation when the final cut is complete, period. Get ready to be blown away.
Brit Lilly (left) and Nick Imprescia lit up the studio during their shoot for a new video series that will begin airing in March.