The 11th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, IN, concluded with its fourth OPA/P1 race of the day as four ClassONE USA competitors and two Vee Extreme boats capped off a competition that boasted the highest boat count fans have seen in recent memory.
222 Offshore, with driver Darrin Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella, grabbed the lead early on and stayed way out in front to take the unofficial win. Meanwhile, Miles Jennings and Steve Curtis took their Miss Geico boat—the former Zabo Racing entry— to the second-place position, while Victory Team (with Salem Al Adidi and Else Al Ali) finished third.
Lucas Oil SilverHook, with owner/throttleman Nigel Hook and driver Jay Johnson, suffered a mechanical issue toward the end of the race and did not finish.
Meanwhile, Ed Smith and Anthony Smith in Knucklehead Instigator prevailed in Vee Extreme class over Brit Lilly and Kevin Smith in Tug It. However, earlier in the day, Lilly and Smith were victorious in their ProStock Vee competitor, LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness.
The sixth and final race of the APBA Offshore Championship series, a combined effort between OPA and Powerboat P1, is scheduled for Oct. 10 in Fort Myers, FL. This race will comprise the OPA National Championships.