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Louisville, Ky. – July 6, 2017 – World-class powerboat racers will compete on the Ohio River in front of Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville on August 18-20, 2017, in the Inaugural Louisville Regatta Grand Prix.

“Our mission is to bring the sport of powerboat racing back to its former glory,” said International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP) President, Mike Schriefer. “This means bringing our Grand Prix series to Louisville – one of North America’s most prestigious waterfront parks – for the next three years. Louisville, with its great waterfront community and horsepower heritage, has been at the top of the list of major cities where we want to host a high-performance powerboat race and festival. We are excited and confident that the families, fans, and music-goers will enjoy this event for years to come.”

The event will feature high performance competitive outboard racing, examples of green technology, motorsports, and exciting racing action. The event will also feature a beach party, BBQ challenge and waterfront music festival. In addition to great bands on Friday and Saturday night, DJFun will be cranking out the tunes throughout the day along with a late-night foam party.

“Waterfront Park is a national destination because of its beauty, amenities, and big events like music festivals, WorldFest, Hike, Bike & Paddle – and now the Louisville Regatta Grand Prix,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Louisville is ready to see the Louisville Regatta Grand Prix and to welcome competitors and spectators to our Waterfront, and to check out our many downtown attractions.”

“Waterfront Park is as good of a venue as it gets for a powerboat regatta,” said Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem. “We are extremely pleased that this event will take place here until 2019.”

“We are extremely excited to see this level of powerboat racing taking place in Louisville,” said Louisville Sports Commission President and CEO Karl Schmitt, Jr. “We believe this event will draw a significant amount of national attention to our community and continue to brand this region as a great destination for a wide-range of sports.”

The Inaugural Louisville Grand Prix is the third stop on the IOGP F1 ChampBoat calendar, and the first event for the IOGP X-Boat Series, which will run its 32 foot catamarans on a longer two-mile course.

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