It’s now official that the GP-46 and the GP-45 (former GP-55) have new owners for 2012.
As we wrote last week, Mike Grendell and Joe Sovie will race the GP-45 in 2012 (see text below).
As for the GP-46, the rumor became official on Thurday the 28th that Patrick Haworth will be at the wheel of the 2011 champion hull GP-46 for the upcoming season. Patrick is back in the boat he drove in 2010 as The Crush.
GrandPrixHydroplane.com has learned of a possible replacement team for the GP-45. Mike Grendell, a former New Brunswick resident and former Grand Prix driver may team up with Joe Sovie of Ogdensburg, NY.
Joe Sovie has piloted hydroplanes in both the one and two litre mod classes in APBA, and could act as crew chief and split driving duties with Mike for this upcoming season. The boat would stay in Ogdensburg, NY during the 2012 ACHA Grand Prix Series.
Mike Grendell, now residing in Lebanon, CT currently campaigns the CS-79 Bad Influence driven by Doug Rapp. Mike was also slated to run in the 350Hydro class in 2012. With the possible Grand Prix deal, Mike may then hand back the 350Hydro to ACHA. This transaction may take place after the upcoming Stuart, FL race.
ACHA is also working on finding a driver/team for the GP-46 formerly driven by 2011 High Point Champion Pierre Maheu. Could it be Patrick Haworth? At this time both deals have not been finalized – stay tuned at GrandPrixHydroplane for more news, rumors and Huey updates!