Competitive by nature, Randy Sweers has the goal of a top-three overall finish for his Racing for Cancer/AutoNation team in the Superboat catamaran class during the upcoming Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. And with a decidedly fast 41-foot Marine Technology, Inc., cat powered by a new pair of 750-hp Ilmor Marine engines, Sweers on the throttles, driver Jeff Bentley and their dedicated crew, the team has a solid chance of doing just that.
And yet, if Racing for Cancer/AutoNation finishes dead last in all three races in Key West—heck, if it doesn’t make it out of the dry pits for even one of the event’s three races—it will be a huge winner. That’s because some things, make that many things, in life are bigger than checkered flags and trophies. In fact, those things run a distant second to the team’s primary goal of raising funds and awareness for cancer treatment and research.
It’s a cause in which Sweers, whose wife, Kim, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, has a vested interest. And their combined passion for the cause runs deeper still. Kim Sweers lost her father to the disease—Randy Sweers lost his mother to it.
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