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Racing Boats Set to Return to the Region

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Maple City Grand Prix
The rooster tails will be flying again as the US F1 Powerboat Tour is returning to La Porte in late May.
In a joint announcement on Friday, Visit Michigan City La Porte and US F1 says that the nation's premier tunnel boat racing series will kick off the US F1 series season with the Second Annual Maple City Grand Prix. The event to be held on Stone Lake the weekend of of May 29th-June 1st.

Last year’s inaugural event pumped more than $1 million into the local, LaPorte economy, through visitor spending, and drew visitors from all over the country. The event will once again feature VIP and meet the racers events, as well as a boat parade and downtown event in LaPorte’s city center.
“I'm thrilled to welcome back the Formula One boat racers, crews and fans to La Porte for the kickoff of their 2014 season,” LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo said.  “The inaugural Maple City Grand Prix was a great weekend filled with exciting boat races, amazing capability amongst racers, crews and the boats, and most of all family fun that was available to everyone and the 2014 festivities will be all that with even more boats, events and thrills!”
Last year’s field of 28 F1 and F-Lights boat is expected to expand this year, according to F1 President Jose Mendana Jr., who said registrations are already topping last year’s number. He said US F1 is excited to kick off its season in LaPorte.
“The people of LaPorte did a great job and everyone who was here can’t wait to come back,” he said. “And the racers who weren’t there have heard from other guys what a great site it is, so our numbers are looking really good.”
This year, Visit Michigan City LaPorte has teamed with LaPorte based sports marketing firm FWC to expand the event, adding more events to the grand prix, including several family friendly outlets. FWC’s prominence in the industry will allow for an expanded marketing footprint that will help the race reach nearly from coast to coast.
“We couldn’t have been happier with our first year. The race exceeded our expectations and was a huge success,” said Jack Arnett, Visit Michigan City Executive Director. “The economic impact was strong and we look forward to adding to that this year. And we’re very excited about our new partnership with FWC. They’ll add a great deal to what we’re doing and will make the event even better.”
For more information on the Second Annual Maple City Grand Prix, contact Visit:
http://www.maplecitygrandprix.com/


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