Connecticut’s Business & Community Officials Prepare For The 1st Annual Grand Prix Hartford ChampBoat Series Taking Place The Connecticut River On September 23 & 24, 2006.

(Hartford, CT) Sept. 13 "” Offering two days filled with racing excitement and family entertainment, the 1st Annual Grand Prix Hartford ChampBoat Series is set to take place on the Connecticut River on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2006. The free family weekend will feature ChampBoat racing competition, water exhibitions, a concert and book signing ceremony by Disney star Christy Carlson Romano at the outdoor theater, Charter Oak Landing, Hartford, CT.

"We are expecting thousands of families from throughout New England and the northeast to join us for the racing and festivities.  We’re expecting both sides of the Connecticut River to be packed with spectators all weekend long.  Thanks to so many of Connecticut's corporate, civic and government officials who helped put this event together, the weekend of September 23rd and 24th is shaping-up into a tremendous outdoor event," explained Grand Prix Hartford President Tony Romano.  "How exciting will the weekend and its racing action be? It's like NASCAR on the water as 20 or more ChampBoats travel at speeds approaching 140 mph on the Connecticut River. It will truly be an exciting event for the whole family."

Taking place rain or shine, attracting over 25 corporate sponsors and planned national media coverage from the Speed cable television network, the tentative schedule for the event is as follows:

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Charter Oak Landing, Hartford
9 a.m. "“ Park opens
10 -11 a.m. "“ ChampBoat practice
11 -12 Noon "“ Two-seater boat rides
11 a.m. -1 p.m. "“ Music by 41 North
1 "“ 2 p.m. "“ ChampBoat practice
2 – 3 p.m. – Water Expo
3 – 5 p.m. "“ Radio Disney contests & activities
3:30 p.m. – Time trials/single boat qualifying
5 p.m. – Radio Disney Concert with Greg Raposo & featuring Disney star Christy Carlson Romano.
* A book signing session with Christy Carlson Romano will take place afterwards.

Great River Park, East Hartford
9 a.m. "“ Park opens
11 a.m. "“ 1 p.m. "“ Music & entertainment
2 "“ 4 p.m. "“ Music by Tenet

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Charter Oak Landing, Hartford
9 a.m. – Park opens
9:30 -11:30 a.m. "“ Music by Down low
10 -11 a.m. "“ Two-seater boat rides
11:30 a.m. – 12 Noon – ChampBoat warm-up
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. "“ Music by Smokehouse
2:15 p.m. "“ Opening ceremonies & National Anthem
2:30 "“ 4 p.m. "“ Grand Prix Hartford race, 50 laps
4:30 -5 p.m. – Awards presentation
5 -6 p.m. "“ Music by Smokehouse
Great River Park, East Hartford
 9 a.m. – Park opens
10 a.m. -12 Noon "“ Music by Wendy May & The Bad Dogs
12 Noon -2 p.m. "“ Music by Shaded Soul
2:30 "“ 4 p.m. "“ Grand Prix Hartford race, 50 laps

ChampBoat racing boats (also known as F-1) are the fastest and most nimble powerboats in the world. Under the banner of the ChampBoat Series, the boats and their world-class drivers thrill audiences with their competition across North America. In 2006, the ChampBoat Series will feature a festival event in twelve cities including Minneapolis, Cincinnati, San Diego, Portland OR, Miami and St Louis. Maneuverability is the key word when describing these boats. Due to the shape of their tunnel hulls, ChampBoats are able to turn almost instantaneously, incurring more “G” forces than any other racing machine on earth. Champ Boats are 17 feet long, weigh just 1,150 pounds with a driver and with its 380-horsepower outboard engines can reach a top speed of 140 miles per hour.

Headed by company CEO Sharon Romano and President Tony Romano, the event is produced by Grand Prix Hartford, LLC., Milford, CT. The company has plans to continue the ChampBoat Series in Hartford, CT for the following five years. Further information about Christy Carlson Romano can be found online at For more information about the ChampBoat Series in the United States, visit and for additional details about the Grand Prix Hartford event, visit A streaming online video presenting an overview of the ChampBoat Series can be viewed by visiting