International Information Discover America

Home > Newsroom

Newsroom

South Dakota chosen as hydroplane race site

6/26/2007
Print button Share
CHAMBERLAIN-OACOMA, S.D. – The Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association (ULHRA) recently announced the choice of Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota to host a national race on July 12 and 13, 2008. Chamberlain-Oacoma’s central South Dakota location where Interstate 90 crosses the Missouri River makes it an ideal place for the $35,000 prize money race.
A local planning committee for the River City Racin’ event was organized over a year ago under the direction of Tom Davis. The committee now meets twice per month to plan for the 2008 event, as well as an exhibition race this July.
“We are very excited about this incredible opportunity to host professional racing in our region. Governor Rounds challenged South Dakota to come up with unique ideas to draw tourism into our great state, and we believe we’ve answered that challenge as well as any community could,” stated Davis, President of River City Racin, Inc.
“This type of event has never been done in South Dakota, actually no where in the Midwest.” adds Davis. “We are confident that this will become an annual choice vacation destination and draw a significant amount of tourism into South Dakota for many years to come.”
River City Racin’ will host an exhibition race July 12, 2007 for invited individuals and media. Sponsorship opportunities will be revealed and the official media announcement of the 2008 race will take place.
The 2008 event will be a family-friendly festival atmosphere boasting not only the premier boat races, but also vendors, sport shows, car and motorcycle displays, children’s events, live entertainment and many other activities. Attendees will be able to see the ULHRA boats up close and meet the drivers. South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and the South Dakota Office of Tourism have backed this event by allocating funds through the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge.
About the ULHRA
The Unlimited Lights thrill crowds with the thunder of the automotive engines catching the ears of fans as they stare at the massive walls of white water (rooster tails) the boats create as they “fly” around the track at upwards of 125 mph.
Over the last 10 years the ULHRA series matured and now offers some of the finest racing on the water.  Close competition and a sound that echoes back to the classic days of Unlimited racing enhances the spectacle of any racing event.
The ULHRA has spent the last few years improving upon the proud tradition of the series.  More teams have expressed interest in and are joining the circuit than ever before.  New sponsors and race sites are taking advantage of the fan exposure associated with the series, such as the newest race site addition – River City Racin’ in South Dakota!
“We already race on the Detroit River, the Columbia River and the Ohio River. Why not add the Missouri?” states John Lynch, Director of Communications, ULHRA, Inc. in response to Davis' request to bring their organization to South Dakota. "It really can become a source of incredible community pride and involvement. We look forward in working with you and your community to thrill the crowds in South Dakota.”
 
-30-