LESAGE, WV - Herd Racing's tentative 2016 race schedule will feature a blend of Formula 1 and SST-120 races in four midwestern states, the team announced March 1.
The team is tentatively scheduled to open the race season in Formula 1 June 4-5 at the Maple City Grand Prix in LaPorte, Indiana, followed by a second Formula 1 event June 25-26 at the Bay City River Roar in Bay City, Michigan.
The pilot and crew will then switch to the team's SST-120 boat for three consecutive races in July and August. The team plans to compete July 23-24 in the Huntington Classic in Huntington, West Virginia, before making the 70-mile trip upsteam on the Ohio River to compete in the Ravenswood Ohio River Festival events August 6-7 in Ravenswood, West Virginia.
The team will finish out it's tentatively scheduled events August 27-28 at the Portsmouth Challenge in Portsmouth, Ohio, about 60 miles south of the team's race headquarters.
"We will attempt to compete in the what, in our opinion, are the two premiere Formula 1 events at LaPorte and Bay City," Tomes said. "Those are two sites that historically have drawn big crowds and high boat counts. Those are two F1 events we really are going to try to compete in."
Tomes said the team's F1 primary engine is not ready to race as of March 1 and the team's F1 participation in 2016 will depend on if the team's boat and engines can be ready in time.
"We had a fire in the boat last summer at Bay City and we are having to rebuild the entire engine electrical and fuel injection system," Tomes said. "If we can't get it ready and tested by mid May we may pull off our F1 scheduled events and replace them with a couple more SST-120 events to fill our schedule."
Tomes said SST-120 events likely to fill the schedule in the event of the team's withdraw from it's planned F1 events will likely be Marietta, Ohio and New Martinsville, West Virginia.
"Marietta and New Martinsville are relatively close for us travel wise so if we aren't ready for F1 in time we may put those races on our schedule," Tomes said. "We'll just have to wait until May and see where we're at. SST-120 races don't pay nearly as well so we aren't able to travel as far for those races as we are for F1."
A final firm schedule will be released by the team in early to mid May.