Wicked Racing Team in its Jet Sprint Boat
Macraft Hull from New Zealand holds 358 cubic inch Chevrolet motor with titanium valve aluminum heads
G-Force speeds make Jet Sprint Boat Racing feel like a roller coaster with a throttle on steroids
Dan Morrison leads in Super Modified Division after Webb's Slough Track race in St. John, Washington
Jet Sprint Boat Racing is also about memory. Drivers and navigators are given a rotation schedule one day before a race. “We don’t get to test the boat on the course,” said Morrison. “We get to look at the track on paper and walk the course. There are no arrows or flags, just a maze of islands we have to race through from memory.”
The boats touch the water for the first time during qualifying. If racers miss a corner, they are eliminated from the competition. “Even the fans feel the intensity,” said Morrison. “We can see the crowds and they can see us. There are no blind spots on the track and that makes it a neat fan sport.”
Morrison won the Super Modified Division at the Webb’s Slough Track in St. John, Washington. “Our times beat all the boats there,” he said. “That’s including the 1000 plus horsepower methanol injected boats in other classes.”
Wicked Racing’s boat has a Macraft hull from New Zealand. It is 12 feet two inches long and is equipped with a 358 cubic inch Chevrolet motor. The boat also has titanium valve aluminum heads. “We use K&N Engineering oil and air filters,” said Morrison. “K&N is the reason we’re in the Winner’s Circle. K&N protects our engines and gives us additional horsepower when we race.”
Sprint Boat Track racing began in New Zealand about 25-years-ago. The sport hit America about 10-years-ago. “I use to race motorcycles and quads and then I saw this type of racing on television,” said Morrison. “I went to my first race and was hooked. I bought a boat and never looked back.
Wicked Racing will be teaming up with Super Boat World Champion Tom Nelson. “We’ll be top contenders in each class,” said Morrison. “We are serious about this sport.”
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