2019 NGK Formula One Powerboat Championship
Port Neches River Fest
Port Neches, TX : May 3-5
*APBA F-Light (SST45) Regional Championship
CBS Sports Network TV Series 1 – Sunday, May 19, 2019, 6:30 pm ET
Friday May 3, 2019
1:00-8:00 Safety Inspection / Registration
3:00 Testing Formula One
4:00 Testing Formula Lights
5:00 Testing Tri-Hull
5:30 Testing Formula One
Saturday May 4, 2019
7:00-8:30 Safety Inspection / Registration
8:30 Drivers meeting: Formula One / Formula Light Only
9:00 Tri-Hull Testing
9:30 Formula One Testing
10:00 Formula Lights Testing
10:20 Formula Lights / Qualifying / 3 minutes + 1 lap
11:00 Formula One / Qualifying / 4 minutes + 1 lap
11:40 J-Hydro Testing
12:00 Driver’s Meeting All Classes – River Open
1:00 Tri-Hull – Heat #1 / 7 laps / draw for position
1:30 Formula One – Group A – Heat #1 / 8 minutes + 1 lap
1:50 Formula One – Group B – Heat #1 / 8 minutes + 1 lap
2:15 Formula Lights – Heat #1 / 6 minutes + 1 lap
3:00 J-Hydro – Heat #1 / 3 laps / draw for start and props
3:15 River Open
3:45 Tri-Hull – Heat #2 / 7 laps / reverse order of points
4:15 Formula Lights – Heat #2 / 6 minutes + 1 lap / reverse order of points
4:45 J-Hydro – Heat #2 / 3 laps / draw for prop
5:00 Formula One – Group A – Heat #2 / 8 minutes + 1 lap / reverse order of points
5:20 Formula One – Group B – Heat #2 / 8 minutes + 1 lap / reverse order of points
Sunday May 5, 2019
9:00 Formula Lights – Heat #3 / 6 minutes + 1 lap / reverse order of cumulative points
10:00 J-Hydro Heat #3 / 3 laps / reverse order of cumulative points
10:30 Tri-Hull – Heat #3 / 7 laps / reverse order of cumulative points
11:00 Driver’s Meeting – River Open
12:00 Tri-Hull – Heat #4 / 7 laps / reverse order of cumulative points
12:30 Formula One – Group A – Heat #3 / 8 minutes + 1 lap/rev order of cumulative pts
12:50 Formula One – Group B – Heat #3 / 8 minutes + 1 lap / rev order of cumulative pts
1:15 J-Hydro – Final / 5 laps
1:30 Formula Lights – Final / 15 minutes + 1 lap
2:00 River open
2:30 Tri-Hull – Final / 20 laps
3:15 Formula One – Final / 17 minutes + 1 lap
4:00 Awards Presentation – River Open
The NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship will be roaring into Southeast Texas May 3-5, 2019 for the thrill-inducing 18th annual “Thunder on the Neches” powerboat races as the highlight of the five-day Port Neches “River Fest”. The grand celebration, held at Port Neches City Park, will feature something for every member of the family, including action-packed boat racing, live music, food, games, playground, carnival, shopping, a car and motorcycle show, and a spectacular fireworks display. Five days of fun will start on Wednesday, May 1st and run through Sunday, May 5th, with “front and center” race track seating so fans will have the best views of the whole race course. Boat racing finals will be held on Sunday when the public can enter for free!
Fans will be entertained by all four of the super competitive classes within the NGK Spark Plugs Formula One Powerboat series; the junior racers of J-Hydro, Tri-Hull, Formula Light and the blistering-fast Formula One.
Sanctioned by the American Powerboat Association (APBA) and it’s conducting club S.P.O.R.T. handling all racing activities throughout the event. Kicking off the festivities on Friday May 3rd by setting up the pits followed with afternoon testing for all classes. The action begins at 7:00 am on Saturday May 4th with the opening of registration and inspection followed by a Tunnel Boat only drivers meeting before hitting the water. The event will conclude on Sunday May 5th after 2 full days of racing action by awarding our top competitors.
Greenlight TV will film the NGK Spark Plugs Formula One Powerboat Championship racing action all season long, producing a 30-minute show of each event to air on CBS Sports Network. “Thunder on the Neches” will air on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm ET. Fans can also watch the shows on Motor Trend On Demand for a minimal fee. To view the shows on-demand, visit: motortrendondemand.com.
Directions: Port Neches City Park
From US 69 take FM 365 North 3 miles to FM 366 truning right. Continue ½ mile to Merriman St. turning left continuing to the park.
GPS Directions use the following:
Neches River Wheelhouse, 720 Lee Ave., Port Neches, Tx. 77651
The city park has great concrete ramps, 6 wide, will accommodate trucks, UTV’s, and ATV’s. Follow direction from the Pit Manager.Fuel:
Formula One: Teams will need to bring their own fuel, must meet APBA legal fuel specifications. Inspector will be available for pre-testing of fuels.
Formula Light & Tri Hulls & J-Hydro: Fuel of the day must be purchased from specified local gas station per inspector’s direction.
Parking in the pit area:
Do to the large number of competitors no passenger vehicles will be allowed in the pit area. Tow vehicles and support vehicles only, No Exceptions! A designated team passenger vehicles parking area will be at the North end of the grass pit area.
Race personnel and or Pit Manager will direct all participants to their designated parking area.