WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2013 – Miss GEICO has made a full recovery after a fire last year slowed down the six-time world champion. This season, which opens with the Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix on May 18, in Cocoa Beach, Fla., GEICO's 50-foot catamaran will be powered for the first time by Mercury Racing's 1650 RACE Sterndrive engines with over 3,300 horsepower.
"It’s going to be an amazing race season for us and for Mercury Racing," said Vince Giampietro, senior marketing manager at GEICO. "We’ve got the most recognized boat in these race waters and now with Mercury and its world class reputation for engine excellence, we can’t wait to get started."
Ted Ward, GEICO's marketing vice president, said, "It’s great to be associated with Mercury Racing's outstanding brand and we’re eager to continue a winning performance by the Miss GEICO team." Mercury Racing President Eric Christiansen added, "Mercury Racing looks forward to working with the GEICO Racing Team. Their knowledge and professionalism will represent our propulsion packages well."
Crews are now completing the overhaul of Miss GEICO's cockpit, engine bays and hatches said Gary Goodell, partner and marketing director for the Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team. He says the team's sights are set on winning a seventh world race title.
Crew chief Gary Stray pointed out, "The new Mercury Racing 1650 RACE Sterndrive engines are much larger than our previous Mercury engines and we have had to seriously cut into our transom in order to properly house the new engines. With this amount of power the boat will be ready for all challengers."
Rick Mackie, senior marketing manager at Mercury Racing, summed up their team's enthusiasm saying, "Let’s get ready and go for it."
The Miss GEICO Race Team has a full race schedule with added air shows in New York, Atlantic City, and Milwaukee where Miss GEICO is featured performing against a GEICO Skytyper WWII warplane.
Visit missgeicoracing.com to read more about the team and to catch all the racing action and boat show information throughout the year.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.