ProMedica Brings NGK Formula 1 Powerboat Championship Races

ProMedica Brings NGK Formula 1 Powerboat Championship Races to the Maumee River at ‘Rock the River Toledo’

Championship comes back to Toledo after 15 years

TOLEDO, Ohio, March 12, 2019 – ProMedica and the United Power Boat Performance Group is pleased to bring powerboat performance racers back to Toledo. Rock the River Toledo is part of the NGK Spark Plugs Formula One (F1) Powerboat Championship.

Rock the River Toledo, sponsored by iHeartRadio, will bring world-class F1 powerboat racers to the Maumee River at Promenade Park on Saturday, June 29,2019 for their 2nd stop of the 6-series racing championship that airs on CBS Sports.

Race fans will be entertained by the F1 boats lightning quick speeds of 120 mph and razor sharp turns, creating nonstop challenges for the world-class drivers. The up close and personal, deck to deck competition creates thrills rarely experienced by boat racing fans. Opening ceremonies will kick off at 3 p.m. in Promenade Park and are free to the public. There will be heat races leading up to the final, along with live bands, vendors, free race pit access, driver autograph sessions, dart boats and other displays.

“ProMedica is really excited that powerboat performance fans will get to experience a thrilling race right here in downtown Toledo along the Maumee River,” said Kathleen Merrill, vice president of Marketing Communications at ProMedica.

Defending 2004 F1 Powerboat Toledo race winner and Mercury Racing sponsored NGK F1 Powerboat Driver, Chris Fairchild, will return to Toledo at Rock the River to reclaim the fastest man on the Maumee title. “It’s been almost 15 years since we last raced in Toledo and had the honor of winning. I’m excited about coming back and getting back on top of the podium. What ProMedica and the City of Toledo has done to the riverfront since I raced here in 2004 is amazing and just makes our job easier to put on a great show. I know myself and the racers are excited to fly around the Maumee River at 120 mph and put on the most exciting race on water,” said Fairchild. 

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