Denis Bourbonnais | Journal St-François
The Hydroplane Racing League HRL teams will have one less race than expected on their schedule this season due to the cancellation of the Evansville Indiana Regatta which was scheduled to be held this coming August 18th and 19t.
On Thursday the executive committee of the Evansville Convention Visitors Bureau announced to is members that they had voted against the presentation of the hydroplane races on the Ohio River as part of the Evansville Hydrofest in 2019.
Race Director Randy Lientz did not attend the meeting and the was not involved in the decision. There will be no Roar on the river this year the organization said in a statement HRL Managing Director Michel Poirier explained that financial reasons are behind this decision. We had suspected for two weeks that something was wrong. The organization first raised insurance issues and in the end their financial situation was too risk. The City did not want to guarantee the money.
The main promoter of the event Randy Lientz had however assured that everything was in place for the holding of the Hydrofest when the schedule for the HRL circuit was confirmed last January ” Its disappointing but the teams would have been even more disappointed if they had gone there without receiving their mone” said Michel Poirier, while specifying that 40% of the purse must be paid on the spot during event HRL
In Evansville the Courrier Press newspaper published an article which left the promoter Randy Lientz shaken by the new the daily mentions that no contract was signed 90 days before the event and that the organization had lost $77 000 in the last two editions of the Hydrofest. An admission price of $10 for the weekend was the cost to spectators in 2017 and 2108 but the promoter announced very recently that the entry would be free this year the shortfall to be absorbed by sponsors.
With the withdrawal of the Evansville Regatta¨ the Grand Prix¨ Formula 2500 and 2.5 liters classes will be scheduled for 7 events in 2019. Only the Hydro 350 class will be scheduled at 8 events including Long Sault Ontario and Detroit Michigan.