TESTING BRINGS HIGH HOPES FOR IGNITE AMERICAN ETHANOL CAT
The Ignite American Ethanol Cat powered along the beaches of Lake Michigan, as the CK Motorsports team brought the 40ft. Douglas Skater Catamaran out to play. Shaking off the winter, the 1700hp Ethanol burning Sterling Performance engines were recommission and fired up with ease, after running last in Englewood, Florida, earning the OPA National and World Championship.
Not only did the boat test succeed, the new tow rig and tilt trailer impressed, as people waved and took photos at the dock and along the trip from Grand Haven to Muskegon. “Wow, what a great day,” commented Keith Holmes. “All systems go, we are ready, and looking forward to a great race season. We excited and humbled to be able to show off the #19 trailer and rig - along with refreshed boat graphics - representing Ignite Ethanol Racing Fuels and American Ethanol. We look forward to burning some E90 Ethanol. I can feel the excitement from crew and fans.”
CK Motorsports switched the Sterling Performance engines to ethanol fuel in 2015, as it looked to gain some added power, endurance and speed. “The gages showed that our engines produced over 1700hp burning Ethanol fuel,” said Holmes. “We found, by running Ethanol, the engines run cooler, and produce more power. The environmentally friendly aspects - clean air, clean water - is something our team is really proud of.”
The schedule looks intense as the racing season swings into full gear. “We are looking to run in selected races in both the Offshore Powerboat Association and Superboat International circuits with the Ignite American Ethanol Cat, which means a fun and busy season,” commented Holmes.
Ignite American Ethanol Cat - Cat Can Do - 2016 Schedule
Lake Race - LOTO MO June 2-4
Detroit River IPC - Detroit, MI July 8-10
St. Clair River Classic - St. Clair, MI July 29-31
Superboat Great Lakes Grand Prix - Michigan City, IN Aug 5-7
International Powerboat Race - Port Huron, MI / Sarnia Aug 12-14
Mentor Superboat Grand Prix - Mentor, OH Aug 26-28
Clearwater Superboat National Championships - Clearwater, FL Sept. 30-Oct.2
Ocean City Grand Prix/OPA Nationals - Ocean City, MD Oct 7-9
Superboat Key West World Championships - Key West, FL Nov. 6-13
OPA World Championships Englewood Waterfest - Englewood, FL Nov. 16-20