Late breaking rain and a few thunderstorms did not dampen the spirit of the more than 100,000 fans watching the Superleague teams during the F2 challenge for the North American Championship during the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta On July 4th. The second qualifier was halted when Jeff Reno rolled in the up river turn; with only 5 minutes left on the scheduled portion of that part of the program, Teams returned to the hot pit area to prepare for the final run – an hour to make adjustments and fine tune their strategies before the call to launch. For Reno, uninjured in the incident, the clock was ticking. Other teams jumped in, joining forces to get the boat and engine back in place and ready to compete. For Terry Rinkerthe wait seemed interminable – here was his shot at a title that had eluded him for a long time. Once again, nature intervened, producing a heavy downpour along with early fireworks. The storm moved through quickly, leaving behind some fresh air and a group of 12 drivers committed to the red line. From the drop of the start flag to the completion of the scheduled 30 laps, Rinker raced a flawless event, in the lead all the way, taking the checkered and his first NAC. Rob DiNincolantonio posted a smooth second and perhaps what should be counted as the best performance of the weekend came from Reno, back on the course at the end of the hot laps, in line on the starting grid and by mid-race in full command of third place a solid podium position at the end of what could have been and for many would have been a bitter disappointing moment after a qualifying incident.
Results: 1 – Terry Rinker, 2 -Rob Dinicolantonio, 3 – Jeff Reno, 4 – Donny Lick, 5 – Donnie McDowell, 6 – J. Michael Floyd, 7 – Mark Welch, 8 – Jim McGrath, 9 – Mike Beegle, 10 – Dana Tomes, 11 – Mark Jakob, 12 – Tyler Welch. Complete race results, including timed laps and qualifying heat will be posted to this web site later this week.