Racing fans from across the country in an online poll last year voted Solomons Island their “Favorite Race Venue” by a huge margin. Fans and racers alike appreciate the “Southern Maryland Hospitality”
As the last regular-season race of the year, Solomons Offshore Grand Prix traditionally crowns the OPA National Offshore Champion. The Solomons race which was originally scheduled for September 14th was changed to the first weekend in October when OPA added a new September race in Detroit. Along with that change, OPA also announced they would be bringing the OPA World Championship from Ocean City, MD to Solomons Island. This changed the 2014 SOGP race schedule from one day to two days of racing, with the National Finals on Saturday and the World Championship determined on Sunday.
Solomons Offshore Grand Prix, with the addition of the OPA World Championship, becomes the most prestigious race weekend of the entire season. Over 40 race teams will descend on Solomons Island hoping to stake their claim in racing history. Every class of fast boat is expected to be represented, from the small, single-engine Class 600 boats all the way up to the awe-inspiring Extreme Class boats that can reach speeds of 170 mph or more.
Beginning Thursday, October 2nd the race boats will arrive at the "dry pits" area under the Gov, Thomas Johnson Bridge. The public are invited to tour the pits starting Friday for a close-up look at these impressive boats and a chance to chat with the drivers and race teams. Saturday evening will feature the 2nd Annual SOGP Boat Parade down Solomons’ main street.
For more information on the Solomons Offshore Grand Prix, fans are invited to visit SolomonsRace.com where racing news, photos, videos, maps, directions, and much more can be found.