Start your Engines! The 24th Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Festival Comes to Sarasota, Florida

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ResortQuest offers Longboat Key vacation rentals for out-of-town visitors, conveniently located near the boat race.

July 6, 2008 the Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Boat races hit Lido Beach. Feel the excitement as the powerboats race offshore right before your eyes. This year's race is approximately 6.5 miles from New Pass to Big Pass and the two heats take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

If you can't make it to Lido Beach, take a free bus ride from Ed Smith Stadium to Sarasota's bay front area, next to Centennial Park. Visitors to Powerboats by the Bay will have the opportunity to see a simulcast of the Grand Prix race, view the dry pit area (where the powerboats get placed in the water), meet the drivers and crews race teams and enjoy powerboats on display. Between heats, enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks. The events will include special appearances from Captain Keith Colburn and Crew from the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."

Over the past 24 years, proceeds from the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix have resulted in the construction of more than $14 million in facilities serving physically and mentally challenged individuals.

ResortQuest Southwest Florida offers hundreds of homes, condominiums and resort-style properties near the Offshore Grand Prix. Locations include: Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island. Choose to stay on the beach, bay or in a golf community. Each vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready. For more information log onto or call 800-237-9505.

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ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rentals and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations, ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and home rentals in the U.S. ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations. For more information, visit


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