Travis Pastrana, one of the world’s most influential extreme sports athletes, is planning to drive a revamped version of the 2001 canopied Fountain 40′ race boat formerly raced as Cintron and Firewater at the upcoming offshore competition in Cocoa Beach, FL, it was announced.
The boat’s owner, Brit Lilly, is the multi National and World Champion owner/driver of the 30′ Extreme LSB Hurricane of Awesomeness, as well as of the 30′ Phantom Tug It. Lilly’s friend Pastrana is a motorsports competitor and stunt performer who has won championships and gold medals in a variety of fields, including supercross, motocross and rally racing. Lilly’s father, the legendary offshore boat racer Art Lilly, had once rigged and painted the boat for Wes Wyatt at the shop they still own and operate in Arnold, MD.
While Brit Lilly continues work on restoring the Fountain, which he and his throttleman Kevin Smith plan to race in this year’s offshore circuit, Pastrana expressed interest in getting some offshore action. And so, on May 17-19, Pastrana will be piloting the Fountain for the OPA’s season-kickoff race.
“I’m going to let my good buddy Travis take my driver’s seat for Cocoa Beach,” Lilly told Powerboat Nation. So, just for the one race? “Yes—unless he buys the race team afterwards,” Lilly laughs.
Pastrana, 35, has won multi gold medals in the X Games and is the leader of the popular extreme sports extravaganza Nitro Circus. However, his boating experience is not exactly laden with championships. “No boating at all!” Lilly chuckles. “I told him, ‘Don’t worry about it, dude—I’ll get you in the boat and we’ll do some testing and stuff like that before we go to the race.’ He said, ‘I’ll probably be the best I’m gonna be after about two or three laps. It might make a better story if I just got into the boat for the first time at the race.'”
Kevin Smith will be working double-duty as throttleman for both LSB entries.