Knoxville Ready to Bask in Wake of Power Boat Racing on River | Sports Destination Management

Knoxville Ready to Bask in Wake of Power Boat Racing on River

May 29, 2013

Race fans can expect fast and exciting fun this weekend at the Powerboat Superleague Racing on the Tennessee. An international field of contenders, the best F2 and F3 tunnel boat drivers, are scheduled to kick off their season, stop number one on the 2013 seven race Superleague tour, this Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, 2013.

Teams from across the United States and Canada will start individual quests for circuit high-points, as well as racing for event purse and prizes and series championships on the Tennessee River at Volunteer Landing.

A complete schedule for the weekend includes:

Saturday, June 1
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Testing
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Qualifying Heats                                                                 

Sunday, June 2
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Testing
1:00 p.m.: Formula 2/ Last Chance Qualifier
2:00 p.m.: Formula 3/ Final (20 laps)
3:00 p.m.: Formula 2/ Final (30 laps)                         

The event will feature approximately 20 Formula 2 and Formula 3 outboard tunnel boats, the most popular classes in the United States. The boats, which can reach speeds of more than 125 miles per hour, will race on a rectangular course accelerating from 0 to 100 miles per hour in under six seconds.

“Powerboat Superleague jumped at the opportunity to return to Knoxville after 13 years,” said Sherron Winer, Promotions Director of Powerboat Superleague. “Knoxville is a wonderful city with a stellar waterfront for this type of racing, and we appreciate the hard work from the City of Knoxville, Visit Knoxville and other area businesses in the community to bring this event back.”

Boats and trailers will be staged in the Cold Pit area which will be located on the eastbound lanes of Neyland between Walnut & Lake Loudoun.  This area is open to the public to view boats and receive autographs from drivers.

"Volunteer Landing provides fans with a great riverfront racing experience both on and off the water,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville.  “Knoxville has hosted some great events on the waterfront over the years and the Powerboat Superleague Race will provide high entertainment and fast paced action for attendees. We are thrilled to have the community come out to experience the event as well as welcome the racers to Knoxville and showcase the Tennessee River as a premier destination for waterfront competition."

The event will also feature a four-boat vintage boat demo for race fans and vintage boat enthusiasts, adding valuable entertainment to the race program. There will be a mix of displays and food vendors providing plenty of fun for the entire family. Awards will be presented to winners following each final on Sunday, June 2.

The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, visit or

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