But on the final lap, Miss Geico driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis went for broke to cut into the lead. Heading into the final turn of the race, the multimillion-dollar vessel capsized hard. Crazier yet, Victory Team did the same thing moments later while cruising down the final straightaway. Australian driver Darren Nicholson and Italian throttleman Giovanni Carpitella aboard 222 OFFSHORE won the after the two boats crashed. Remarkably, none of the four racers involved was injured. Not so much as a bruise.
The Geico boat is a longtime fan favorite at the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix and has won here multiple times over the years. The two boats had raced more than 60 miles before wiping out. “I thought after five or six laps, Miss Geico would fall back,” Adidi said. “I thought they might slow down. But they kept putting the pressure on us. “We pushed ourselves over the limit, and that’s what happens. We’re both fine. “It was like it was in slow motion. This was the toughest race I have ever been in.”
The Sarasota race was the third stop on this year’s tour. Miss Geico won the first stop at Cocoa Beach and Victory Team won the Class One International race at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.
By Jim Brockman / Correspondent from the Herald Tribune. Photo credits to Thomas Bender also Herald Tribune.