Dow River Roar speeds into Bay City - WNEM TV 5

Dow River Roar speeds into Bay City

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The 24th Annual Dow Bay City River Roar is headed back to the Saginaw River this weekend.  Race organizers say Bay City is the toughest and longest tunnel boat race in the sport.  

Inaugurated in 1981, F1 powerboat racing is a Grand Prix style event, similar to Formula One automobile racing, in which teams compete in 13 venues around the world each season. The races are longer than most powerboat races at approximately 45 minutes, but still shorter than most automobile races.  

Course is run between the bridges in downtown Bay City. 1-1/4-mile oval around four buoys, 700 feet wide.

That's wide enough for racing, and narrow enough that spectators are so close they can feel the spray. Bay City is considered the best viewing of all the race locations.

Expect a full weekend of racing and fun activities.  Testing begins on Friday at 9 a.m.  Racing begins Saturday, and the Formula One Final is Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.  

On the west side of the Saginaw River, spectators get free entry with a canned food item. Last year Dow employees collected 2,500 lbs. of food for Hidden Harvest.  There are also bleachers, the pit area, food vendors, exhibitors and the Kroger Kid Zone.

On the east side there are VIP sponsor tents, food, and the Kroger Kids Zone.

Saturday night's concert is by Styx.  Finding Clyde is the opening act. 

All schedule, ticket and race information is posted on WWW.RIVERROAR.COM

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