LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake's biggest boat race will be celebrating its 25th birthday this month.
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout has brought racers from around the world to display the limits of speed in vessels ranging from PWCs to catamarans sporting horsepower in the thousands.
Lake Expo focuses its Shootout Spotlights on men and women who have distinguished themselves in recent Shootouts, and who offer the promise of exciting runs this year.
The Shootout is scheduled for Aug. 16–25.
For more information, visit www.lakeoftheozarksshootout.org
Name: Ivan “Buck” Stracener
Co-racer’s name: Louie Marchese
Boat Name: No Mor Bucks
Port of Call: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Boat make/model: 28SS Nordic Cat
Shootout Race Classification: NC2P1
Modifications: Changing drive to SCX4
Fastest Speed: 148 mph
Notable Races/Wins: LOTO 2011 & 2012 class champion
Sponsor(s): Nordic, GT Performance
Business: Retired from erecting cranes in countries all over the world, including Afghanistan, China, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines and Dubai just to name a few.
Family: Wife, Sue, 3 boys, Brett, Ivan III and Brent, 1 daughter Vickie and 4 grandsons, Jake, Alec, Ivan IV and Brody
Describe the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in one word: Outstanding
What do you like about the LOZ Shootout? Competing and meeting new friends.
What is your racing strategy for the 2013 LOZ Shootout? To win my class.
When, where, what and why did you first start racing?
I came to the Lake of the Ozarks from California in 2006 for a vacation and heard about the race held in August and decided to come back the following year. I borrowed a helmet and the rest, they say, is history.
What separates boating at Lake of the Ozarks from other destinations? The layout of the lake, with homes and restaurants, and the grandeur of the lake.
How does the LOZ Shootout event compare to other races? There is no comparison.
Best racing memory? Last year, winning at 148 MPH
Worst racing memory? In 2010 my current throttle man, Louie Marchese, beat me with his Donzi when I had my 2005 34’ Kachina.
What do you do when you're not racing boats? Think about racing boats.