Wed. Feb 8th, 2023
Formula One powerboats will make their debut at Lake Race next week.
The smaller, quicker boats will be racing as a companion event to the larger powerboats featured by the Offshore Powerboat Association.
“We’re going to have 18 to 20 Formula One boats on the course at one time, and it’s about 8/10ths of a mile so when you come down…we’re doing all of this right at the dam at the zero mile marker” says racing legend and Lake Resident Tim Seebold, manager of The NKG Spark Plugs Formula One Powerboat Championship Series “We’re compacting the whole schedule and we’re racing in-between all of the offshore races, so if you’ve seen Lake Race before….you haven’t seen this Lake Race because it’s going to be action packed.”
Lake Race is returning to Bagnell Dam starting on June 3rd with races happening on June 5th.
NGK F1 Powerboat Championships Inaugural Formula 1 Lake Race
OSAGE BEACH, Mo: The NGK Spark Plugs Formula One Powerboat Championship Series is bringing its world class powerboat racing action to the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks, MO for the first time in history. Building off the momentum of its first two events in Port Neches, TX, the NGK F1 Series comes to Lake of the Ozarks for the 3rd round of the 2021 season. The adrenaline pumping “Formula 1 Lake Race” running as a companion event to the Offshore Powerboat Association’s “Lake Race” at Bagnell Dam on June 3-5, 2021. Lake of the Ozarks, celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2021, is also the hometown of NGK F1 Series Manager, Tim Seebold. He is excited to bring high octane outboard racing to his hometown, which fulfills a dream he has long envisioned.
Long time Formula 1 racing fans will remember that the state of Missouri was once a stronghold for high stakes tunnel boat racing, as the state hosted the St. Louis Grand Prix dating back nearly 50 years. Originally held at George Winter Park in Fenton from 1972 to 1999, the race moved to Creve Coeur Lake Park starting in 2000. The 37th and last St. Louis Grand Prix race was held in 2008.
Race fans will be transfixed with three days full of fun. Starting Thursday, June 3rd, the public is invited to meet the racers at the Racer’s Reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Camden on the Lake Boardwalk. At noon on Friday June 4th, the race pits will start their set-up followed by a Lake Race Street Party open to the public at Bagnell Dam Strip from 4pm to 10pm. The big Saturday race day action, which includes the different boat racing disciplines; Formula 1, Tri Hull and Offshore, will start with testing at 9:00am and the full-throttle, deck to deck racing action from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
All of the racing action from Saturday will be broadcast via Live Stream from the NGK F1 website www.ngkf1.com and the NGKF1 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NGKF1PowerboatChampionship. Utilizing its revolutionary Live Timing system, which allows fans to watch the rapid-paced race positioning in real time while watching the Live Stream. Additional racing action viewing can be found on the American Broadcast Affiliates airing the show on live national television, where an estimated 40+ million viewers will have the chance to watch the event on broadcast and cable television.
NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Championship Series Manager, Tim Seebold, expressed his gratitude for the return of F1 racing to Missouri, by saying, “Since the inception of the NGK F1 Powerboat Championship in 2017 we have wanted to bring F1 Powerboat racing back to Missouri. The outboard racing tradition that began 49 years ago (1972) with the Concord Village Lions Club producing the first St. Louis Grand Prix at George Winter park will once again thrill racing fans as the F1 boats light up the waters of my hometown at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. It is going to be a special event for powerboat racing fans to see the impressive high horsepower offshore boats, the agile F1 boats along with the crowd favorite Tri Hull division all on the water in the same day. Thanks to Tom Abbett of Lake Race and OPA’s “Smitty” Smith for the shared infrastructure that has made this all possible. We are fortunate and extend our appreciation to Shady Gators, Backwater Jacks, Dog Days, ProServ Business Systems, and Ozark Touchless Covers for believing in our vision of bringing these powerboat disciplines together.”
OPA’s “Smitty” Smith agreed. “This is great news for the racing community. The NGK Spark Plug F1 series will be joining OPA Racing for the June 3,4,5 Lake Race at Lake of the Ozarks. We have learned through our partnership with P1 Powerboat how powerful these partnerships can be. I have always wanted to watch the F1 boats race, but never had the opportunity to attend one of their events. Thanks to Tim Seebold for reaching out to us. This is going to be a big boost for us all.” For more information about OPA, visit www.oparacing.org.
“The Lake Race Board is extremely excited with the addition of the NGK F1 Powerboat Series to the 2021 Lake Race event. We have been discussing this for a few months, and once Tim Seebold and I met at the racecourse site by the Dam, we knew we had to figure out a way to make it happen. This addition of different classes will certainly add to the non-stop, on-track racing action and I cannot wait to see the dead start for the F1 boats from the docks; one of the coolest starts in all of racing! This addition will be a “must see” for boating enthusiasts and race fans of all ages”, said Tom Abbett, President of the Lake Race Board of Directors. For more information on Lake Race, visit https://lakerace.com .