Event: 2015 Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest
Time: 5:00pm EDT on August 22nd 2015, 1pm on ESPN3
Event location: Detroit Gold Cup
Address:100 Marquette Dr Detroit, MI 48214
SAT SCHEDULE: (ON GO LIVE SPORTS CAST ONLY)*
5:45-6:00 Unlimited 1A presented by Dart Machinery
6:05-6:20 Unlimited 1B presented by Dart Machinery
SUN SCHEDULE: (ON ESPN3 ONLY)* START TIME: 1PM
Replay of Opening Ceremony
Replay of F2 Tunnel Boat heat presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers
Replay of Unlimited 1A presented by Dart Machinery
Replay of Unlimited 1B presented by Dart Machinery
Replay of Unlimited 2A presented by Royce & Kathy Richards
Replay of Unlimited 2B presented by Royce & Kathy Richards
LIVE 1:30-1:50 Unlimited 3A presented by Complete Machining Services
LIVE 2:00-2:20 Unlimited 3B presented by Complete Machining Services
LIVE 2:30-2:50 F2 Tunnel Boat Final presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers
LIVE 4:10-4:30 Unlimited Final
*Start time subject to change
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Hydroplane racing Unlimiteds returning Aug. 22-23 to Detroit
This week, UAW-GM and Detroit Riverfront Events Inc. plan to announce the return of hydroplane unlimited racing Aug. 22-23 to the Detroit River.
The race will take place between Belle Isle and the Detroit mainland over a 2.5-mile course, in the same location where past APBA Gold Cup contests raced.
Two Michigan-based drivers are scheduled to compete in the event: Cal Phipps (Sterling Heights) in the U-27 Wiggins Racing entry and rookie Patrick Sankuer (Chesterfield Township) in the U-12 Centurion Racing Miss DiJulio.
The H1 Unlimited hydroplanes are the fastest and most powerful, closed-course racing boats in the world. The turbine engines have the boats reaching speeds over 200 mph on the 2 ½ mile Detroit River course. And this class of boats is just one part of the UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest excitement.
“This year, we will be bringing back the Grand Prix boats featuring the ACHA series, with the big block 1300 plus horsepower automotive engines with top speed of 170 MPH,” said Weber. “Not only will that bring back the thunder to the river with the noise, but it will be bringing those 500 cubic inch GM engines that power these boats back to the Motor City.”
In addition to the H1 Unlimited and Grand Prix hydroplanes, Formula 2 tunnel boats will be added to the Hydrofest. The tunnel hull boats powered by 200 HP outboard Mercury engines are not like the hydroplanes. Instead of a flying start, the tunnel boats use a LeMans standing start, racing on a tighter course with one-pin left and right turns. The winner-take-all final will be 25 laps.
To purchase tickets or reserve camping space, contact 313-329-8047.
For more information, visit detroitboatraces.com. Fans can also follow UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest on Twitter.com/UAWGMHydroFest and Instagram.com/UAWGMHydroFest and Facebook.com/DetroitBoatRaces.com.