Team Mitigator, the maker of Extreme Sports Protection Systems, had a very eventful weekend, just not what we expected. So the weekend was suppose to be filled with cheers and people having champagne being poured over their heads in victory, but this weekend proved to be, not quite what we had anticipated. It started off with Team Mitigator’s Auto Racing Team having mechanical problems on Lap 12 with smoke billowing out of the rear of the car. It was unclear what the problem was and Team Mitigator Car 13 went into the pits to see if they could resolve the issue. They could not and therefore never made it back out onto the track.
On Sunday, Team Mitigator’s Offshore Racing Team took to the beautiful waters of Miami Beach to continue on with its win out of Maryland. Warren Miller, Team Mitigator’s Driver/Owner of the Mitigator Boat, had the boat configured for rough seas and the initial glance at water conditions were that of calm seas which gave some concern to how well Team Mitigator would place. On Race Day Team Mitigator was heading out to the starting point of the when it was hit by a rough wave which caused water to flow into the exhaust and created what is called a “Hydro Lock”, water flowing into the engine and the engine shutting down. At first look, it was assumed that the battery had taken a hit and cracked but that was not the case as Warren later found out. The boat had to be towed in and Team Mitigator was never able to start the race.
In High Performance racing, these land and sea vehicle’s are highly sophisticated and very sensitive pieces of engineering marvels. The fact that these drivers and their equipment is driven to the edge of their maximum performance, and the constant “tweaking” to get that last bit of horse power out of them, eventually leads to breakdown, it happens with every race team.
So although Team Mitigator had a tough weekend, we would like to thank all the sponsors of the 3rd Annual SIB Offshore Powerboat Challenge. We will see you next year, same place but with a vengeance in our bones!