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Indiana Homecoming: Rinker Wins US F1 Race in LaPorte

After starting the season at a new venue, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., last month, the US F1 Powerboat Tour rolled into another new town—LaPorte, Ind.—for the second stop of the season. The results weren’t much different at the inaugural Maple City Grand Prix as veteran Terry Rinker went home with the checkered flag after a competitive race on Stone Lake on Sunday.

Terry Rinker earned his second straight US F1 Powerboat Tour victory at Stone Lake in LaPorte, Ind. All photos by Paul Kemiel/paulkemielphotographics.com Terry Rinker earned his second straight US F1 Powerboat Tour victory at Stone Lake in LaPorte, Ind. All photos by Paul Kemiel/paulkemielphotographics.comRinker, who drives the AMSOIL/Rinker Racing boat, edged out fellow podium finishers Tim Seebold and rookie Carlos Mendana in front of a great crowd. Less than an hour from where he grew up, Rinker, who now lives in Tampa, Fla., took full advantage of the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of friends and family who don’t usually get to see him race.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Jose (Mendana Jr.) and the F1 crew, as well as all the great teams this past weekend at the inaugural Maple City Grand Prix,” said Jason Miller, sports development manager for the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We can’t wait to have everyone back next year and make the event bigger and better.”

In the Formula Lights final, Mark Schmerbauch, who won the Formula Lights season opener in Port Neches, Texas, won the race ahead of second- and third-place finishers Steve Merleau and Chris Hughes.

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Terry Rinker and the rest of the AMSOIL/Rinker Racing family were proud to win their second straight race to start the US F1 Powerboat Tour. The F1 race teams prepare for the start of the inaugural Maple City Grand Prix. Mark Schmerbauch leads the Formula Lights field down the course on Indiana's Stone Lake. Mark Schmerbauch won the Formula Lights race at the Maple City Grand Prix.
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