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Miss GEICO News 2019

Another Victory For Miss GEICO
Based in Dubai, the Victory Team builds one hell of an offshore raceboat. But don’t take my word for it—just ask the members of the Miss GEICO, 222 Offshore or the Zaborowski Offshore Racing teams, as they all run 41-foot Victory cats. Or take the question straight to the Victory Team itself, which runs its own 41-footers and has won more Union Internationale Motonautique Class One world titles than any other team in the history of now-defunct circuit.
For its next three events, the Miss GEICO offshore racing team will lease Zaborowski Offshore’s 41-foot Victory catamaran. Photo from the 2019 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
No one knows this better than
Miss GEICO crew chief and team manager Gary Stray, who also worked as the Victory Team’s crew chief in the mid-to-late 1990s. That’s why he almost immediately began figuring out how to replace the team’s 41-footer after a late-contest wreck during the final race of Sunday’s Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix left it needing structural repairs that will take the better part of this month.
Stray and company were up to the wee hours of Monday morning removing and “pickling” the twin
Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines from the badly damaged boat. A few hours of troubled sleep was all it took him to come up with a possible solution.
“I called Jan Zaborowski and said, ‘Jan, I have a proposal I want to run by you,'" he said. "'Let’s turn your red boat into a yellow boat. Let us lease it for our next three events.' We have known each other for like 30 years and he said, ‘Gary, consider it your boat.’”
Led by crew chief Gary Stray, the entire Miss GEICO team—plus a few of its fellow Class One competitors—worked through the night to remove the Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engine from their damaged raceboat. Photo courtesy/copyright Cole McGowan Miss GEICO offshore racing.
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Sarasota GP Preview
Get ready for Round 3 of the APBA Offshore Championship with our official race preview.
Hear from Miss GEICO pilots Steve Curtis and James Sheppard ahead of one of the biggest races of the year.

Round 3:
Where: Sarasota, Florida
When: 3 — 7 July
Start time: 2:30pm local (Class One)
Laps: 11

Steve Curtis, Throttleman

“Sarasota is a great event and one of the longest standing events. It’s great to see the kids benefiting from the race. If we can do some good in racing, that’s fantastic. It makes a difference and it makes us happier — it’s great that we can do something. We have a longer course this year which provides better chances to overtake. Longer courses are safer — there’s no question. You have to work harder as a throttleman, and the driver has to focus more on maintaining the correct course. We should be doing offshore racing. If you want to race in tight courses, go circuit racing. Offshore racing is about combating the ocean’s waves and to get waves, you have to go offshore. I think it is going to be a bumpy race this year with the amount of boats. Class One is a very competitive class. 222 Offshore is showing real pace — they’ve been the fastest boat so far, but they just have to find that final piece. It’s anyone’s race. We are looking forward to it and we come in on our back foot after hitting debris in Lake of the Ozarks. We are going for the win.”
James Sheppard, Driver

“I love racing in Sarasota and this is a big race weekend for the team. We are lying second in the world championship having been beaten by Victory and 222 Offshore at the last round. It’s important for the team to get back on top of the points table at the halfway stage in the season. Although fine weather is forecast, the sea conditions can be tricky with swells coming in from the gulf so correct boat set up is everything. I live in England but love Sarasota so much I will be bringing my wife and kids. We all recently volunteered for a charity working with kids in Africa, so we are proud to be associated with Suncoast Charities for Children, for this race. They do great work for kids in Florida and it’s always a privilege to show them around the race boat. I never get tired of the look on their faces when they sit in the Miss GEICO cockpit and see how we drive the boat. If we inspire one child to go out and excel at what they do, the weekend will be a success — especially if we win! We have great team camaraderie at GEICO that starts the moment we are all together and meet the race fans, all of whom are very welcoming and knowledgeable. It’s then a roller coaster of a weekend to the end of the Sunday race, I can’t wait.”

In The Numbers
Course Length: 6.2 miles
Race Distance: 68.4 miles
Turns: 5
Weather: 13mph wind; 1–2ft waves
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Class One racing capped the Thunder in Cocoa Beach action as the OPA/P1 competition pitted the big offshore boats against each other. Nearly all of these boats were powered by identical 1,100 QC4 turbocharged engines from Mercury Racing.

The #222 Offshore boat from Australia (with driver Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella) took an early lead, but were soon passed by the #3 Victory team from Dubai (driver Salem Al Adidi and throttleman Eisa Al Ali). They themselves were passed by driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis, piloting their famous Miss Geico Racing entry, which took the checkered flag and made short work of of #77 Lucas Oil as well. Meanwhile, #91 Zabo exited the race with a mechanical issue.

Driver Edward Smith and throttleman Anthony Smith of #20 Instigator ran uncontested in Vee Extreme class.
Powerboat champion Miss Geico will compete at Thunder on Cocoa Beach MISS GEICO TEAM 9:01 p.m. EDT May 14, 2019
Miss GEICO Joins Fort Lauderdale Air Show

Miss GEICO Joins Performer Lineup
At 2019 Fort Lauderdale Air Show
Will Be Showcased Before Friday’s Florida Panthers Game

FORT LAUDERDALE (March 7, 2019) – The 2019 Fort Lauderdale Air Show, scheduled for May 4-5 over Fort Lauderdale Beach, has added a water component courtesy of the Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team.
Miss GEICO, which has won multiple world championships, will race the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team on both show days, while also making a single pass at more than 150 mph.
“We’re excited to include a water component in this year’s show,” said Bryan Lilley, President of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. “Fans will definitely enjoy watching this amazing powerboat.”
To promote the Fort Lauderdale Air Show performance, Miss GEICO will be on display at the BB&T Center in Sunrise this Friday prior to the Minnesota Wild-Florida Panthers hockey game.
“We’ve been doing air shows with the GEICO Skytypers since 2011, but have never had the opportunity to perform at the Fort Lauderdale Air Show,” said Scott Colton, Managing Member of the Miss GEICO team. “Since we’re based in Riviera Beach, this really is a perfect partnership.”
The Fort Lauderdale Air Show will mark the debut of a new paint scheme for Miss GEICO.
“We are coming out with a new look,” said Colton. “We think the fans will love it. It’s going to be sleeker and quite electric looking.”
The Fort Lauderdale Air Show will feature one of the U.S. military’s elite jet demonstration teams – the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. It will be the first time in more than 12 years that the Blue Angels have performed in South Florida. Joining the Blue Angels as a co-headliner will be the F-22 Raptor Demo Team.
Tickets are on sale now for the show via Sponsorship opportunities and corporate hospitality packages are also currently available and volunteer registration is open. Fans can follow the show on Facebook and see the latest performer updates.

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Miss GEICO: Macro And Micro
In a little more than two months, the six-race 2019 American Power Boat Association Championship Series—the product of a collaboration between the Offshore Powerboat Association and the Powerboat P1 organization—kicks off May 17-19 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Among the teams gearing up for the season is Miss GEICO, which has ordered new and reportedly ECM-tamperproof Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines to run in what, for now at least, can be called the series’ 1100 Class. According to Miss GEICO team manager Gary Stray, the Riviera Beach, Fla., outfit will receive its turbocharged 1,100-hp engines in March and install them in their 44-foot Victory Team-built catamaran.
From repowering with Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines to building a scale model for a Smithsonian Institution exhibition, the Miss GEICO team is heading into the 2019 offshore racing season at full speed. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“We will be making a couple of changes for the lower-power engines,” he said. “We are replacing our surface drives with a new set—that’s the biggest change people will notice—and making some hull modifications. The rest probably will not be visible to the untrained eye but one change definitely will be. We are going with a new color scheme on the boat as well this year, still sporting the yellow but it will look a little different.”
Said Stray, “There are no 1/17 scale models of 1650 engines, so we had to build them.

Scott Gillman, the chief executive officer of the Victory Team, has confirmed that the Dubai-based offshore racing outfit will field one boat powered by Mercury Racing 1100 Comp engines. Several other teams from outside the United States—including Australia-based 222 Offshore, Abu Dhabi and Zabo Racing, which originally was based in Norway and competed in the 2018 Super Boat International Offshore World Championships—also reportedly will install Mercury Racing 1100 Comp power. But Miss GEICO is the only U.S. based team that has officially announced a commitment to the new spec engine program.
Miss GEICO Racing Announces 2018 Schedule
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten-time world champion powerboat racing team Miss GEICO will kick off the 2018 racing season during the Ninth Annual Cocoa Beach Space Coast Superboat Grand Prix May 18-20.
Miss GEICO competes in the 2017 OPA World Championship Races in Englewood, FL. The team won this race, earning their 10th world championship title.
The 47' Miss GEICO Victory Catamaran races against the WWII-era aircraft of the GEICO Skytypers during an air show in 2017.

The Miss GEICO Team captured their most recent world championship titles at the end of the 2017 racing season when they dominated the world championship races in Key West and Englewood, FL. The Miss GEICO boat ran its best races to date during these two competitions.   "We're all about winning any time we're on the water; but we especially want to continue the momentum established late in the 2017 schedule," said team Marketing Director Gary Goodell.  "And, of course, the ultimate goal is to complete the upcoming season with our 11th world championship title."

Additional locations on the racing circuit include stops in Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Ocean City, MD, Sarasota, FL, Michigan City, IN, Fall River, MA, the SBI national championship in Clearwater, FL, and the OPA world championships in Englewood, FL.
The Miss GEICO team's 2018 approach includes an engine and race program with an emphasis on consistency and reliability instead of wringing more and more power out of the boat's twin engines.  The team will start the season with four identical engines; two installed in the boat for racing and two as back up options.

On the water, Miss GEICO is under the control of driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis. They earned their first world title championships with the team in 2017, but collectively have earned numerous international, national and world championship titles through racing experiences with other organizations. 

The 47-foot-long Miss GEICO Victory catamaran is made of carbon, Kevlar and S-glass for high performance.  The boat sports a pair of 1650 RACE Sterndrive twin turbo engines producing 3,000 horsepower and top speeds of 200 mph.
For more information on the Miss GEICO Racing Team, visit
2018 Race Schedue
Cocoa Beach, FL    
May 18-20 

Lake of the Ozarks, MO  
June 1-3

Ocean City, MD                 
June 23-24

Sarasota, FL                       
June 29-July 1

Michigan City, IN            
August 3-5

Fall River, MA                  
August 24-26

Clearwater, FL                  
Sept 28-30

Englewood, FL                  
Nov 15-18

The Miss GEICO team primarily races in the SBI (Super Boat International) and OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) racing series. 
In addition to competing in races, the Miss GEICO team participates in approximately 24 national boat shows, five Powerboat P1 races, 10 AquaX jet ski races, and three air-sea duels where the 47' watercraft races against the solo aircraft from the
GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team.  These air show appearances will take place during the Ocean City Air Show June 16-17, the Atlantic City Air Show August 22, and the Baltimore Air Show October 6-7.  The race between the Miss GEICO race boat and the WWII-era aircraft of the GEICO Skytypers is truly a battle of precision and skill as winds, waves, and atmospheric conditions greatly affect performance for both teams. 
The team also participates in numerous charitable events through United We Race, Inc., the team's 501(c)(3) charity.  The organization distributes 100 percent of the proceeds to United States Veterans programs.
For more information on the Miss GEICO Racing Team, visit
Media Contact: Brenda Little 
(813) 391-4542
Makes Season Debut in 
9th Annual Thunder on Cocoa Beach Super Boat Grand Prix 
COCOA BEACH, FL (May 2017) - Ten-time world championship powerboat racing team Miss GEICO will compete in the Thunder on Cocoa Beach Super Boat Grand Prix May 18-20. The racing event includes a High Octane Kickoff Party featuring the Miss GEICO race boat on Thursday evening, the Thunder on the Beach downtown Block party on Friday night, race boat testing on Saturday afternoon, and races on Sunday along Cocoa Beach.

Miss GEICO won the SBI World Championships in November and as the defending champion is looking forward to continuing its winning momentum at the first race of the season.  Miss GEICO last raced in Cocoa Beach in 2016 and the entire team enjoys the race fans and race conditions in Cocoa Beach.

“We’re all about winning any time we’re on the water; but we especially want to do well at the first race of the season. Our ultimate goal is to complete the season with our eleventh world championship title.”

The Miss GEICO team’s 2018 approach includes an engine and race program with an emphasis on consistency and reliability instead of wringing more and more power out of the boat’s twin engines. Crew Chief, Gary Stray, states the Miss GEICO season will start with four identical race engines, two on the boat and two as backups. “We want to start the season out strong and in testing our engines are running well.”

On the water, Miss GEICO is under the control of driver, James Sheppard, and throttleman, Steve Curtis, who are still euphoric over last season. In 2018 Sheppard and Curtis look forward to racing and accumulating points towards another National Championship while preparing and hoping to peak for the World Championships. “Competition from all over the world will be tough and Miss GEICO looks forward to the challenge,” said Curtis.
GEICO seeks to pursue multiple titles on the race waters this year when the 2018 season series begins in April. Along with its world renowned and defending World Champion Miss GEICO racing team, GEICO will again be sponsoring both the GEICO P1 SuperStock race boat and an AquaX racer in 2018.

The Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team begins its defence of their Unlimited World Title in Cocoa Beach, FL on May 18-20. Miss GEICO will also be participating in several National Air Shows this year with the GEICO Skytypers before concluding its race season at the Englewood World Championships on November 15-18.

Miss GEICO Throttleman, Steve Curtis, is anxious to start the racing season. “We had a tremendous season last year and we look forward to maintaining our momentum throughout the 2018 racing season. Everyone will be looking to defeat us this year and we plan on being ready for the challenge.”

The GEICO-branded P1 Panther race boat will be driven this year again by Brian Maine and co-piloted with Tony Knight. Last season Brian made the switch from road racing to boat racing and with that successful season under his belt he is ready for 2018. The GEICO P-1 race boat will make its first appearance at historic Miami Marine Stadium April 20-21.

Brian and Tony are looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the P1 Panther. “We attended the Miami Boat Show at Marine Stadium in February and we were already getting excited about having to perform consistently against all the impressive competing teams.”

Seasoned GEICO rider, Jason Russo, will also take to the water at Miami Marine Stadium to fly the flag for GEICO in the P1 AquaX Pro Enduro Championship Race Series.    

Russo added, “The Miss GEICO race boat is iconic in offshore powerboat racing and I am thrilled once again to be part of the GEICO team for the 2018 season.”

The Miss GEICO offshore race boat will also be on display at Miami Marine Stadium to help kick off the USA Superstock and AquaX races.

All three GEICO race teams will be together and participating in the Sarasota, FL Suncoast Charities Powerboat Extravaganza June 29-July 1. The Sarasota race allows the GEICO teams to assist and cheer on their teammates at one of the premiere race sites in the country.

“We are delighted to welcome GEICO Racing to our two race series and for P1 USA to become part of the company’s marine motorsport marketing platform,” said P1 USA director Azam Rangoonwala. “I’m very excited about the prospect of seeing the whole GEICO fleet compete in the Sarasota Powerboat Extravaganza again this year.”

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Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through GEICO Mobile, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.
                GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
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SBI Releases Updated NBC Sports Schedule and Changes for 2018
Key West, Fla (March 1, 2018) — The 2018 offshore racing season is upon us and Super Boat International (SBI) is preparing for, not only the season opener, but exciting television showcasing this past season. SBI announces an update to the NBC Sports programming schedule, for the 2017 Key West World Championships and announcement of the new SBI medical coordinator. The new schedule for the NBC Sports 3 1-hour shows of the 2017 Key West World Championships has just been updated. The first show will air Saturday March 31st at 2:30 pm EST. The second hour will be the next day, Sunday April 1st at 4:00 pm EST. The final hour of the 3-part series will air Saturday April 14th at 1:30 pm EST. If you miss any segment or didn’t hit your DVR, check back to after April 14th for your favorite episode. President, John Carbonell comments, “the NBC Sports programming of the Key West World Championships, presented by STIHL Inc. has been great over the previous years and we are excited to have our teams and avid followers watch this previous year’s shows.
In addition, SBI is announcing Shawn Steinert as the new medical coordinator for the coming season. Steinert has been involved in offshore racing rescue for over 15 years and is retired from the special operations divisions of the Orlando Fire department after serving 27 years. Steinert was the commanding officer of Heavy Rescue 1, a highly specialized Technical Rescue unit that responded to all Technical and Dive Rescue incidents in Orlando and the Central Florida area. SBI, coming off a successful 2017 season, looks to a great season opener in Cocoa Beach, Florida this May 18th - 20th. Teams will converge on Port Canaveral for staging and then race off the gentle shore of Cocoa Beach on Sunday, May 20th for a great full day of racing. More About Super Boat International Super Boat International (SBI) is the leading North American professional powerboat organization founded by John Carbonell. Teams from all around the world compete May through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. SBI produces weeklong race events including entertainment, kilo races and distance records throughout the United States, South America and the Bahamas. Races include the World’s fastest Vee-bottom and Catamaran style powerboats, reaching speeds in excess of 180 mph. In the first quarter of both 2018, Super Boat International Offshore Racing television coverage will be nationally broadcasted on NBC Sports showcasing the previous year’s World Championship Event. More About Southern Racing Fuels 8f8c61c1-8373-4e91-90e0-57c265742a12Southern Racing Fuels is a division of Port Consolidated Incorporated and is the largest race fuel distributor based in the state of Florida. Southern Racing Fuels supplies racetracks, dealers, speed shops, c-stores, race teams and motorcycle shops throughout Florida. Products include the complete line of quality Sunoco Race Fuels in addition to quality performance oils and lubricants, featuring the Valvoline brand.
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