Powering Up for Port Huron Miller Lite® to Become Title Sponsor of APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Tour Powerboat Race

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Miller Lite® and Local Businesses Step Up to Support APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade National SeriesPowerboat Race in Port Huron, Michigan

The City of Port Huron, Michigan is powering up for the arrival of the APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Series Teams the first week of June, with plenty of fun and action in store for not just the teams, but the fans as well.

Gerry’s Distributing has taken the lead by garnishing the spotlight for its Miller Lite® Brand of Products, the Official Beer of the newly named Miller Lite – Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix.

The City of Port Huron, McMorran Place, the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Mainstreet Port Huron host the event. They are joined by the Comfort Inn of Port Huron; recently named the Official Host Hotel for the event. The Comfort Inn offers special weekend room rates for teams and fans heading to the Blue Water Area for the weekend festivities.

A number of other local businesses have joined in support of this years racing competition, bringing professional offshore race teams from across the Nation to the City of Port Huron to compete in the second leg of the APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Series over the weekend of June 10th – 14th, 2004.

The Miller Lite® - Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix will also be the first stop of the newly ordained Tri- State Cup. For competitors who wish to compete in the Northern United States, that means an additionally attractive APBA Offshore Central Division Championship Title.

Teams in pursuit of the Tri-State Cup will take the points earned from the Miller Lite® - Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix, and add them to the upcoming Cincinnati (Ohio) Offshore Gran Prix, June 18th, the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Offshore Gran Prix, July 30th, and the Richmond (Ohio) Offshore Gran Prix, August 6th. The highest overall points-earners in each class will be awarded a $30,000 prize purse and special trophy, added to the $25,000 purse being awarded in Port Huron and additional prize monies at each of the other events.

Fogcutter Restaurant will be the host of the Thursday Night Racer – Volunteer Party, a treat for those local residents who lend a hand in assisting the event, whether it be by land, working with the staff in the McMorran Place Race Village, or by lake, joining to assist with their own boats as part of the patrol fleet.

A Volunteers Meeting will be at held on 6:00 P.M. on Thursday of Race Week at the Bridge Harbor Marina, followed by the Thank You Party at the Fogcutter where a complimentary appetizer buffet and cash bar will be provided.

“We are very excited about giving our volunteers a thank you party in advance for the help they will give, and it’s a great way for everyone involved to get to know each other and meet our National Staff and Teams. Many will end up friends for life,” said Michelle May – Schmidt, Director of Communications for the APBA Offshore Racing Association.

Friday night, after a long day of testing off Lake Huron with plenty of viewing of the million-dollar equipment in the McMorran Place Race Village downtown, competitors and fans alike are invited to join the Rock The Racers Party hosted by Legendz in the Colonial Shopping Center.

The Rock The Racers Party will feature live entertainment by the popular local band, The Hit Men and the Party starts at 8:30 P.M. Everyone is invited to attend, meet the teams, and enjoy the fun that surrounds an APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Racing Weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, racing action hits the Lake, so fans need only pull up a stretch of sand to watch because the viewing is free. A copy of the actual racecourse will be available online at http://www.apbaoffshoreracing.com website after Tuesday, June 1, 2004.

All weekend long, racers and their families, as well as the National Media will be stopping into another Official Race Event Sponsor location, the Back Door Internet Café, one of the newest hot spots in the city. Located conveniently next to the McMorran Place Race Village, the restaurant offers fast access to the Internet and a terrific menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

While in Race Village, fans may want to check the ample supply of race team souvenirs, or stop for a Free Spinal Analysis at the Deanda Chiropractic Clinic Booth in the Pit area. The experienced team from Deanda will also have Massages available on sight, for a great way to wind up an action packed day.

Concessions in Race Village will be available through McMorran Place; however, vendor booths are now being accepted for those businesses and crafters who want to take advantage of the fan base that is attracted to the area to see these high tech teams and their professional equipment preparations.

“The great thing about our teams is that they are always willing to give an autograph, and answer any questions that someone has on boating, safety features, their equipment or how to get the most out our your personal watercraft. A camera is always handy because the teams love to take pictures with their fans,” added Schmidt.

The APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Series Sponsor Team includes GMC, Donzi Marine, Snap On, Freeze Frame Video Productions, Bio Kleen, Racing Communications, Velocity Powerboats, and Innovation Marine.

The Miller Lite® Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix Sponsor Team includes the City of Port Huron, McMorran Place, Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mainstreet Port Huron, Comfort Inn of Port Huron, the Fogcutter Restaurant, Back Door Internet Café, Bridge Harbor Marina and Legendz.

The Tri State Cup – APBA Offshore Central Divisional Championship is sponsored by Reindl Powerboats, who will be bringing their fleet of “Bat Boats” to the area to compete. Reindl “Bat Boats”, named for the single vee hulled boat with wings, are also available by the lease for any local boaters who want to step into the racing forum.

For all information on the APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Miller Lite® - Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix, please visit http://www.apbaoffshoreracing.com

For Sponsorship or Vendor Booths, contact Michelle May – Schmidt, Director of Communications – Marketing & Media at mktgdirector@apbaoffshoreracing.com or call 954-775-5679.

To volunteer assistance for an hour or a weekend, visit http://www.apbaoffshoreracing.com, click on INFORMATION, then VOLUNTEERS and select a position by land or on water.

APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Series

Miller Lite® - Port Huron Offshore Gran Prix

Port Huron, Michigan

June 10th - 14th, 2004

Event Schedule (5/25/04)

HOST HOTEL – Comfort Inn

1700 Yeager St. Port Huron, MI, US, 48060.


Phone: (810) 982-5500

Fax: (810) 982-7199

Special Room Rates Apply

$120.83 + Tax/ Suites $152.63 + tax

Thursday, June 10, 2004

7am                                Street Closing of McMorran Blvd through Monday, Noon

9am                                Race Team Equipment Arrives

1pm–5pm                     Race Village Open to Race Teams Only

                                     Registration @ Race Headquarters -McMorran Place Race Village

1pm–5pm                     Inspections Open @ McMorran Place Race Village

6pm                                Volunteer Meeting @ Bridge Harbor Marina

                                     Off Water Street @ I-94

                                     Volunteers Apply Online Now at http://www.apbaoffshoreracing.com

                                     INFORMATION on Yellow Panel

7:30pm                         Racer - Volunteer Party

                                     Fogcutter Restaurant 511 Fort Street

                                     Downtown Port Huron                    

                                     Complimentary Appetizers/Cash Bar


Friday, June 11, 2004

8am–5pm                     Cranes Open – Quay Street Docks

                                     Ramps Open – 12th Street Marina

8am–4pm                     Insured Testing (Cranes, race control, medical, tow/patrol fleet)

9am–8pm                     RACE VILLAGE OPEN TO PUBLIC @ McMorran Place

9am–4pm                     Inspections Open @ McMorran Place

5pm                                Race Competitor Class Tech Meetings

5:30pm                         Race Class Representative Tech Meetings

6pm                                Drivers’ Meeting for All Classes

8:30pm                         Legendz – Rock The Racers Party

                                     Race Team, Sponsor & Fan Kick Off Party

                                     Featuring Live Entertainment by The Hit Men

                                     1631 Garfield at Huron Ave

                                     In Colonial Woods Shopping Center


Saturday, June 12, 2004

7: 30–8:30am                 Physicals for Saturday’s Racers

8am–5pm                     Cranes Open – Quay Street Docks

                                     Ramps Open – 12th Street Marina

9am                                Drivers’ Meeting for Saturday’s Racers

After Dr Meeting             Pilots’ Meeting                

9am–8pm                     RACE VILLAGE OPEN TO PUBLIC @ McMorran Place                                    

Noon                             1st Race- LAKESIDE PARK

1:30 or 2pm                    2nd Race - LAKESIDE PARK (or Happy Hour Testing)

3pm-4pm                        Happy Hour Testing                                

6pm                             VICTORY LANE PARTY

                                     (Sponsor Location Available)

Sunday, JUNE 13, 2004

8am–5pm                     Cranes Open – Quay Street Docks

                                     Ramps Open – 12th Street Marina

7:30–8:30am                 Physicals for Sunday’s Racers

9am                                Drivers’ Meeting for Sunday’s Racers

After Dr Mt                     Pilots’ Meeting

9am–6pm                     RACE VILLAGE OPEN TO PUBLIC @ McMorran Place

Noon                             1st Race - LAKESIDE PARK

1:30 or 2pm                    2ndRace - LAKESIDE PARK

5pm                                Winner’s Circle @ Race Village

7pm                                Awards Celebration & Party

                                     (Sponsor Location Available)

For all information updates, check back to http://www.apbaoffshoreracing.com




Michelle May – Schmidt

Director of Communications

APBA Offshore Racing Association

Tel 954-775-5679

E-Mail mediadirector@apbaoffshoreracing.com



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