The first race of the six-race APBA Offshore National Championship series, Thunder On Cocoa Beach, remains on schedule to take place May 14-17, it was announced.
“As of today, we are closely monitoring the situation from our side and remain optimistic that our race will continue as scheduled,” said Race Chairman Kerry Bartlett.
With over 60 race teams from around the world expected to compete in Cocoa Beach, both Powerboat P1 and the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) are closely monitoring the CDC guidelines surrounding the recent Coronavirus outbreak as they pertain to large gatherings and outdoor events. “Our number one concern is the safety of not only our racers but also our race fans. We take that into serious consideration as we plan for each race site throughout the entire season,” said Powerboat P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala and OPA President Roland Smith today in a joint statement.
This year would mark the 11th anniversary for Thunder on Cocoa Beach, which last year generated an economic impact of $17.8 million and 10,500 room nights for the area. This year’s race will once again be televised on CBS Sports and “Freedom Fighter” continues to be their official charity partner. For updates surrounding this year’s race schedule, please visit Thunderoncocoabeach.com.
2020 APBA Offshore Championship Race Calendar
May 14-17: Cocoa Beach, FL
May 28-30: Lake of the Ozarks, MO
June 26-28: Sarasota, FL
July 24-26: St. Clair, MI
July 31–Aug. 2: Michigan City, IN
Oct. 8-10: Fort Myers Beach, FL