Y’know what the biggest problem is with personal watercraft racing? OK, OK, there’s a few things, but one major issue is getting the action in front of spectators and the mastermind behind the Hydrocross Watercraft Racing Tour, Brent Venderley has figured it out! New for 2015, the Hydrocross Watercraft Racing Tour will be adding two new venues to their traditional closed course racing schedule: PWC Arena Racing.
The inaugural event, scheduled for March 2015, the “Naples Grand Prix, Power Sports Festival” will be held at the Florida Sports Park in Naples, FL. The first race of the 2015 season will be the IJSBA sanctioned showdown held in 8000 seat, enclosed outdoor arena ideal for spectators who want to be close to the racing action at all times.
According to Brent’s original announcement, “There is a paved food vendor alley, vendor areas for Powersports displays, dedicated racers pits, stage in front of the main grandstand for awards and racers meet and greet, a 7000+ square foot air conditioned pavilion with a stage… and much more!
“Originally built for swamp buggy racing, the Florida Sports Park is the perfect venue for an arena (SuperCross) style watercraft racing event. It will include Closed Course racing, Hydrodrag racing and Freestyle in the evening in front of the main grandstand’s stage and under the lights!”
The all-new Hydrocross Tour will include IJSBA-sanctioned classes for Pro and Amateur Runabout and Ski, Sport, Freestyle, Amateur runabout horsepower based classes, and the fastest PWCs on the water… the Hydrodrags! Wait, what? That’s right, kiddies. The HydroDrags are coming to arena racing!
Not only that, but super-exciting HydroDrags will be joining the Hydrocross for 2015. Brent wrote in an announcement, “We are excited and thankful to Mike for giving us the opportunity to take the Hydrodrag Series to the next level. We are passionate about Watercraft Racing and share in everyone’s vision of where we all want this sport to go. The entire Hydrocross team is looking forward to implementing many of the ideas the racers and the PWC industry are looking for, and that will put Hydrocross Closed Course Racing, PWC Arena Racing and the Hydrodrags among the top watercraft series in the world!
“A full schedule of the 2015 Hydrodrag Series events, along with dates for all Hydrocross Racing events is coming soon. In the meantime, you will able to stay up to date on what’s happening by visiting www.hydrodragseries.com as we build the website, and by staying in touch with all the excitement via Facebook and Twitter @hydrodrags.”
All of us at The Watercraft Journal are excited about Brent’s efforts for 2015 and are happy to commit to covering all of the upcoming HydroDrag and Hydrocross arena events. Together with Pro Hydro-X, we will be offering live streaming links throughout race day to keep you all up on the action. Of course, there’s plenty of good news to come before March, so stay tuned!