Let’s just get right to it; 2020 pretty much screwed everyone’s plans up. Especially in regards to racing. Sure, promoters did their damnedest to keep events rolling, but even in the rare instances when local governments weren’t enforcing austere shutdowns, travel between states and countries for that matter, was all but impossible. So what is there to do? You pick up where you left off and try again in 2021 – and that’s exactly what the team at AquaX USA are doing.
We at The Watercraft Journal just received notice of AquaX USA’s race schedule for next year. Not only do we see THREE series – the National Pro Series, the Florida Series and the Indiana Series – but also a World Championships Pro Enduro in Nassau. Certainly, several of these series will overlap during specific events, but we’re excited to see so many events planned and in two states. We’re hoping racers will feel the same and we see a killer turnout!
The official press release reads as follows:
As P1 AquaX prepares to celebrate its tenth season of racing, the international personal watercraft racing promoter has released plans that will see it stage three series in the United States in 2021. Two new venues – La Porte in northwest Indiana and St. Petersburg on Florida’s west coast – join the race calendar with AquaX racing returning to Cocoa Beach and Sarasota.
The three championships will feature Pro Enduro and Am Enduro action, with a Pro National Championship, Am Florida Series and Am Indiana Series that will be preceded by a promo event in Michigan City in July. A Sprint calendar will be announced next month.
Daytona Beach will kick off the season in mid-April, with a total of more than one hundred riders expected to tackle the famous surf. This will be the seventh year of AquaX racing at this mecca for motorsport on Florida’s Atlantic coast and Hard Rock will again be the host hotel. The following month the series will make its fourth visit to Cocoa Beach on the Space Coast where for the first time it will to join the Thunder on Cocoa Beach offshore powerboat racing.
Sarasota will welcome the riders at the end of June before the action heads north to Indiana in July where La Porte and Michigan City, with its army of enthusiastic fans, will host two race weekends following an open day. The final stop in early September will be St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast as it hosts an AquaX event for the first time. In addition to the Cocoa Beach event, Sarasota, Michigan City and St. Petersburg will stage a ‘double bill’ of AquaX and powerboat racing.
Unveiling the calendar at P1’s race headquarters in Orlando, USA Championship Manager Michelle Petro said:
“After the enforced break this year we can’t wait to get back on the water in April. Our three series will deliver an extensive, 5-month program of free-to-watch racing in Florida and Indiana, with a promo event in Michigan City before the Indiana Series begins in July. Outstanding locations and host venues contribute enormously to our event offering, with the focus on raising the profile of the venue, attracting visitors, encouraging local involvement and stimulating the local economy. We’ll be announcing further details next month, including television coverage and a print media partner.”