In a thrilling display of skill, strategy, and sheer determination, MCON Racing etched its name into the archives of speed and precision at the recent St. Pete Grand Prix and the results show it all. Not only did our Class 1 boat secure a podium finish, but we also captured the hearts of race enthusiasts and left our competitors in awe. Because of our hard work and determination, we made a triumphant journey to first place in the Super Cat class! To relive the exhilarating moments and delve into the details of our triumphant journey, continue reading.
At the start of the Super Cat race at the St. Pete Powerboat Grand Prix offshore powerboat race in St. Petersburg, Fla., owner/throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil of the M CON/Monster Energy team were in lane No. 1 on the six-mile course in Tampa Bay. They were running in second place behind owner/driver Billy Mauff and throttleman Jay Muller in the 40-foot Skater, WHM Motorsports.
By the end of the first lap, Miller and Coil moved to the lead and with clear water in front of them, it wasn’t long before they began to stretch out their advantage.
“Once we got out in front, we could run the line we wanted,” Miller said. “If you get just a little bit behind on a course like St. Petersburg, there’s really only one place to pass.”
What the many fans on the St. Petersburg Pier, on the beach and in the spectator fleet on Tampa Bay were witnessing was the relentless result of hours of time spent testing.
“We spend massive amounts of time,” said Miller, who is fortunate enough to have a home on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks where he can test with Coil, who works at Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo. “I’ll go down to the lake and we’ll go out early mornings and try different weights, we have 40 sets of propellers. “We want to be at the top and if you don’t put in the effort, you’re not giving yourself the chance to continue to be champion.”
For the 67 teams that raced at the P1 Offshore-produced St. Pete Powerboat Grand Prix presented by Monster Energy over Labor Day weekend, effort came in many forms. Just a few days earlier, Hurricane Idalia had threatened to shut down the event, the storm made landfall a few hours farther north in the Big Bend region of Florida. St. Pete had to deal with a few feet of storm surge, but once that subsided, the city gave the officials at P1 Offshore the thumbs up to go ahead with the race.
Miller and Coil also took advantage of having been on the course in the Class 1 race right before the Super Cats took to Tampa Bay.
“We had the setup we tested with on the (Super Cat) boat and at about lap nine of 11 (in the Class 1 race), we called back to the guys and said leave it alone,” Miller said. “I think the knowledge of being out with the Class 1 boat played a 50 percent role of it. The other 50 percent was the work that our guys put in and the effort that Sterling Performance does to keep these engines alive and give us the power we need in the right ranges.”