IMPBA Gas Nationals Takes Place in Evansville for the First Time

The IMPBA Gas National is being held in Evansville for the time ever. The competition started Thursday and will run through Saturday.

Posted: Jun 11, 2021 12:22 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2021 12:56 PM

3-2-1... And they're off.

The IMPBA Gas Nationals is being held In Evansville for the first time, at the Deaconess Sports Park. The three-day event is organized by the River City Racing Club, featuring 300 Powerboats, operated by 90 drivers from all over.

"It's very exciting, it's exciting for the sports park, and it's bringing people in from all over the U.S.," says River City Racing Club President Aaron Johnson.

44News spoke with competitors from California, Louisiana, and New Jersey, all visiting the River City with the same goal of becoming the 2021 National Champion.

The Powerboats used in this competition are high-tech gas-powered models, capable of reaching speeds of over 70 miles per hour on the water.

The River City Racing Club was selected to host the National-level event because of its reputation for operating such high-quality events.

Anyone interested in attending this free event can stop by the final competition, which will begin on Saturday at 7 a.m.

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Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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