Eight-time world champion powerboat racing team Miss GEICO will kick off the 2017 racing season in the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix May 19-21. But they already understand that the MUST WIN in Lake Hopatcong!
Miss GEICO won the Point Pleasant OPA Powerboat Race and is looking forward to another win this year. The two races completing the GEICO Triple Crown series will take place at the Fall River Grand Prix in Massachusetts Aug 25-27 and the Lake Hopatcong Grand Prix in New Jersey Sept 22-24.
This means that the Lake Hopatcong Race is a MUST WIN for this team, and since it is a Lake Event with different waters (Lake vs. Ocean), it can be anyones race when it comes down the the flag.
According to the Race Team:
"We're all about winning any time we're on the water; but we especially want to do well in the GEICO Triple Crown races to promote and properly represent GEICO, our sponsor," said team Marketing Director Gary Goodell. "And, of course, the ultimate goal is to complete the season with our ninth world championship title."
The Miss GEICO team's 2017 approach includes an engine and race program with an emphasis on consistency and reliability instead of wringing more and more power out of the boat's twin engines.
On the water, Miss GEICO is under the control of driver Marc Granet and throttleman Scott Begovich, who have been working together since the team was formed in 2004.
In 2017, Granet and Begovich look forward to returning the Miss GEICO team to it's more traditional national and world championship status. "Competition from all over the world will be tough and Miss GEICO looks forward to the challenge," said Granet.
The 50-foot-long Miss GEICO Victory catamaran is made of carbon, Kevlar and S-glass for high performance. The boat sports a pair of 1650 RACE Sterndrive engines producing 3,000 horsepower and top speeds of 200 mph.