Powerboat P1 USA will sanction the 32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix—June 25 through July 4—in 2016. The new was announced in a press release from the Apopka, Fla.-based powerboat racing organization.
The competition will include a two-day race format for Aqua X (personal watercraft) and SuperStock (single outboard-engine V-bottom) raceboats. Both will compete on Saturday (July 2) and Sunday (July 3). At stake for the Aqua X and SuperStock fleets will be national championships. Joining the P1 classes for Sunday’s action, according to the release, will be “powerboats from around the world feature Production (P1-P7, Super Vee, Super Vee Lite, Super Stock, Super Cat and Unlimited powerboat classes.”
“Expanding this historic event to include the two P1 national championships proved to be a hugely popular move, with fans able to watch such a variety of marine motorsport across the holiday weekend,” said Lucy Nicandri, the festival director and executive director for Suncoast Charities for Children. “The Grand Prix Festival is a wonderful example of the economic and social impact sports tourism can bring to a community, with this year’s event generating $32 million and raising over $145,000 for the charity.”