In a press release this morning, Powerboat P1 released its SuperStock and P1/Offshore Powerboat Association 2019 event schedules for the United States. Most notable for offshore racing teams and fans, the P1/OPA circuit, which will run under the American Power Boat Association umbrella, includes Clearwater, Fla., Sept. 28-29 as the final venue for its six-race regular season.
Between full-size offshore raceboats and its SuperStock class, Powerboat P1 has 11 event slated for the 2019 season. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Reached by phone this morning, Frank Chivas, the longtime leading organizer of offshore races in Clearwater, confirmed that while he looks forward to working with the P1/OPA groups those dates—and his commitment to bringing the circuit to Clearwater for it season finale—are still “tentative.”
“I want to wait for the RFP (Request For Production) for the race in Key West to be completed,” he said. “That why I’m saying, for now, it’s ‘TBD,’ to be determined.
The P1/OPA circuit will kick off with its season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., May 18-19, followed the Lake Race, June 1-2, in Missouri. From there, it will pick up again July 6-7 in Sarasota, Fla., followed by two more races— St. Clair, Mich., July 27-28 and Michigan City, Ind., Aug. 3-4—before moving to Clearwater for the series finale.
Also under the APBA umbrella, the five-stop SuperStock circuit will include:
Round 1: Kissimmee/St Cloud, May 11.
Round 2: Cocoa Beach, May 18-19.
Round 3: St Pete Beach, 15/16 June 15-16
Round 4: Sarasota, July 6-7
Round 5: Clearwater, Sept. 28-29 (TBD).