OK, c’mon now. For all of you who think that “racing is dead” haven’t been paying attention to the escalation happening right now between the current P1 AquaX National Series and the Pro Watercross National Tour. Not only are both race series dotting the continent with a spattering of awesome venues throughout nearly weekend of the season, but both organizations are working the sponsors pretty dang hard to pony up some serious prize money.
Yesterday, Pro Watercross shocked the sport with a staggering $116,000 being offered up in prize money for the year’s races, spread out among all of the classes with “special consideration for the Runabout division,” the press release states. Obviously, there’s some pretty big bait on the hook for all participants, but Pro Watercross is looking to really make attending their events worth the racers’ time and effort, and six figures worth of cash is a really good way to do it.
Here’s the original press release issued yesterday by Pro Watercross:
The Hidden Trails/Sea-Doo Pro Watercross National Tour and World Championship, presented by JetLift will be awarding over $115,000 in contingency for the 2016 race season.
In special consideration for the Runabout division; the Pro-Am Runabout GP and the Pro-Am Runabout Box Stock classes will be in competition with one another to receive the top cash purse for the 2016 race season. The Premier Runabout class with the largest numbers of entries will be awarded the premier level contingency with $3,350 in prize money at each tour stop throughout the race season.
The top Runabout class will be featured in both the National Championship and World Championship’s one-hour CBS Sports TV Shows with competitors qualifying for the main and final event which will be filmed and aired this coming fall. Additionally, the top Runabout class will be featured during each tour stop’s ½ hour TV show airing on the Regional Sports Networks both nationally and internationally.