The 2011 AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series kicked off in Sunny Isles, Fla., and leading the charge through an exciting weekend of racing was Team AMSOIL offshore racer Bob Teague.
Teague joined forces with his son, John, for Friday’s Miami to Bimini race. Despite choppy waters, Team Amsoil finished first with a roundtrip time of one hour and seven minutes.
“It was bumpier than we thought it was going to be, that’s for sure,” said Bob Teague. “We averaged about 95 mph but were able to run 105 mph when we weren’t getting beaten up too badly. The water was actually worse closer to the mainland than it was in the open ocean and near Bimini. There were the usual holes and stuff outside, but when you got within 25 miles of the start, heading out and coming back, it got messy.”
Teague teamed back up with his main driver, Paul Whittier, for the opening round of the AMSOIL Series. Following qualifying and testing on Saturday, the team was well-prepared for Sunday’s Cat Lite race. Three exciting head-to-head matchups ensued, and a battle between Team AMSOIL and Phoenix Parts was the featured duel of the day. While Phoenix Parts took an early lead and controlled the inside lane, it didn’t take long before Team AMSOIL found its groove and pushed into the lead, eventually winning by more than a minute.
The AMSOIL Offshore Powerboat Series will be televised on Versus starting in October. The one-hour shows will feature a true behindthe- scenes look at the top teams in offshore powerboat racing. See https://www.amsoilracing.com/Series/ AMSOILOffshorePowerboatSeries.aspx for a preview.