After sitting on the sidelines for the 2016 season, owner/throttleman Bob Teague, driver Paul Whittier and the rest of the Teague Custom Marine crew are returning to the racecourse at the upcoming Super Boat International Offshore World Championships (Nov. 6-13) in Key West, Fla. The team will race its well-known silver 36-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran, which is powered by twin 750-hp Teague Custom Marine engines, in the competitive Superboat class.
“We decided to tow the raceboat across the country to Key West because it’s a good opportunity for us to continue to create and develop new products and for us to show our support to our fan base,” said Teague, who last raced at the 35th anniversary of the Key West Worlds in 2015. “The Superboat class is growing and we want to be a bigger part of it. Key West should be very competitive this year. We’re looking forward to racing a full season in 2017.”
Competing in the fan-favorite Superboat class, the former Team AMSOIL Skater—AMSOIL is still a team sponsor just not the title sponsor this year—will be campaigned as Team Teague Custom Marine, unless, of course, Teague secures a new naming-rights sponsor before the first race on Wednesday, Nov. 9. He’s thankful for the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel and the team’s many other sponsors for the support with the races.
“We think we’re as competitive as any team in Key West, but we’re not a team who likes to count our chickens before they hatch,” Teague said. “Obviously we like to win, that’s why we go racing. We don’t race our pleasure boats; we only race our raceboats, and right now we feel like racing.”
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