M•CON Racing’s Skater 438 will be fitted with a new cockpit for the 2020 season. Continue reading below to find out more!
A mid-season roll during 2019 St. Clair River Classic in Michigan—the fourth stop in the six-race inaugural American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series as it will be again this year—forced the M•Con team of owner/throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Tyson Garvin to change boats earlier than planned. The team ran its new 43-footer for the next contest, the Great Lakes Grand Prix, before returning to their 40-footer.
But with the original 40-foot M-Con Skater Powerboats cat sold to an overseas buyer, Miller—minus Garvin—will campaign its 438 Skater throughout the 2020 season.
“Skater has been diligently working on the 438 since our Michigan City race last year to have it ready for 2020,” said Miller. “With Peter and his crew behind it it’s in great hands.”
Much as Miller and his wife, Lindsey, wanted to start the M•Con season with the May 14-17 APBA season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla, a family commitment—his daughter Brailee is graduating high school—will keep the team sidelined. But the Lake Race, their first of the year, will be on their Lake of the Ozarks home-waters in Central Missouri.
“We are a family-first family and team,” he said. “So there’s not a chance Lindsey or I would miss that once-in-a-lifetime event.
“But I will be live streaming all the races—except for when she walks across the stage,” he added, then laughed.
The Millers are headed to Skater headquarters in Douglas, Mich., today to “go over any final details” on their 43-foot raceboat. From there they will head to Milford, Mich., to meet with engine-builder Mike D’Anniballe of Sterling Performance. The current plan has testing beginning the second week in March.
“With the new Skater 438 combined with Sterling Performance power, a first class mechanic in Jake Leckliter of Performance Boat Center and a crew that is out of this world we are ready to go racing,” said Miller. “We are extremely excited for the 2020 season and feel the sport is gaining major traction.”
As yet, the team has not found a replacement for Garvin. The search, said Miller, is ongoing.
“It’s a very tough decision, as it is not only about experience and cohesion in the cockpit but also the understanding that we want to have a great time and come home to our families—after the checkered flag,” he said. “As my superhero/idle Billy Mauf of WHM Motorsports always says ‘You got to keep the fun-meter pegged.”