The Miss Geico racing boat is defending her title in a series as well as offering injured veterans rides on one of the world’s fastest offshore racing boats.
The boat is preparing for the second of a three-part New Jersey Shore race series presented by Geico on Father’s Day, hoping to win the 2015 Atlantic City Veterans Offshore Grand Prix. Miss Geico will defend its ranking on June 21 in an event that Geico said has become known as the “Indy 500” of offshore racing.
As many as 40 top boat teams will race around a 4-mile oval as close as 150 feet off the surf along the boardwalk. Even the outside leg can clearly be seen from the shoreline, drawing tens of thousands of spectators.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., the Miss Geico team will give rides to veterans who were injured in service as part of the Wounded Warriors Project.
"Events like this can change a wounded warrior’s life — and not just theirs, but their families," Wounded Warrior Project Northeast alumni coordinator Tony Ntellas said in a statement.
Ntellas emphasizes that not all injuries are visible ones.
"Post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries are 'invisible' injuries, which can be every bit as bad, or even worse than the visible injuries,” Ntellas said. “A shared experience like this lets veterans come together and allow their family to meet other families and learn that they are not alone and perhaps talk about it for the first time. We stress the networking support."
Racing fans can get their first glimpse of the 50-foot catamaran when Miss Geico Victory arrives at the Golden Nugget Marina on Friday.
“We consider it a privilege to race the world’s fastest catamaran on behalf of Geico,” said Miss Geico managing member Scott Colton, “and an honor to support members of the military and their families who come out to see us race on Father’s Day.”