CHICAGO (July 17, 2017) – P1 AquaX, the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world, announced Thursday that the Pro Series is set to compete at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor from September 9-10, 2017, bringing another marquee and emerging watersport event to the shores of Lake Michigan.
The free, two-day event features professional and amateur competitions, as the world’s best racers vie for valuable points ahead of the AquaX World Championships, held in December in Key West, Florida.
“Our exhilarating international jet ski racing series crowns the fastest talent in the world and we are thrilled to bring this competition to Chicago,” said P1 AquaX Managing Director, Azam Rangoonwala. “There’s no better waterfront to showcase our sport, and there’s no better sports town than the Windy City.”
Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor plays host to the high-speed water event, where pro riders will race between 23-28 nautical miles, reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. The weekend features three professional and three amateur races over two days, with multiple stand-up races throughout each day. The P1 AquaX pros will compete for 30 minutes, plus one lap, depending on conditions, which averages out to 17-20 laps per race. Stand-up races are 15 minutes, plus one lap. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the final races on Sunday afternoon.
“Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor is the ideal location to host this exciting event,” said Scott Stevenson, Executive Vice President, Westrec Marinas. “Easily accessible and featuring beautiful lakefront and skyline views, 31st Street Harbor is one of Chicago’s newest lakefront destinations, and we look forward to inviting Chicagoans and out-of-town visitors to enjoy its waters this September at P1 Chicago.”
Chicago sports fans of all ages are encouraged to attend, and best of all, the event is free and open to the public. Competition is set to run from 11 AM to 3 PM CT each day (subject to change). For fans unable to attend, a tape-delayed recap of the P1 Chicago event will air on CSN Chicago (airdate TBA), with a Facebook live stream available on the P1 AquaX Facebook page. Follow all the racing action on social media via the hashtag #P1Chicago.
A special bonus for the Chicago race, P1 Chicago, Yamaha and CSN Chicago, will be offering fans the opportunity to win a Yamaha WaveRunner and tow trailer by entering an exclusive P1 AquaX Chicago contest at CSNChicago.com/P1Chicago (no purchase necessary).
P1 AquaX racing is also uniquely targeted to fans with an open, amateur category, inviting anyone with a jet ski to enter and compete in the amateur rounds, as long as they pre-register, complete and pass P1 AquaX safety training ahead of the competition. The pre-race amateur safety training will be conducted by certified P1 AquaX safety marshals the morning of Sept. 9 prior to competition.
Official P1 Chicago event partners include Yamaha, CSN Chicago and Chicago Harbors. Visit P1Chicago.com for more information, including event registration, rules, viewing options, parking details and more.