LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake's biggest boat race will be celebrating its 25th birthday in August.
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.
Name: Jim Dorris
Co-racer’s name: None
Boat Name: PlayCraft Scorpion
Port of Call: Lake of the Ozarks
Boat make/model: PlayCraft Powertoon 2900 Extreme
Shootout Race Classification: MP2P2
Modifications: Twin 383 Strokers with Whipple Superchargers
Fastest Speed: 94 mph
Notable Races/Wins: 2012 LOZ Shootout Top Gun in the MP2P2
Sponsor(s): PlayCraft Pontoons
Business: Owner and CEO PlayCraft Pontoons and Charger Bass Boats. I have built and designed PlayCraft for 39 years using the changing water conditions of the LOZ as testing grounds. All of the boats that we have raced in the Shootout have been right off the assembly line.
Family: I have four grown boys with multiple grandkids. We could have our own baseball team.
Describe the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in one word: Phenomenal
What do you like about the LOZ Shootout?
I like that it is promoting the Lake of the Ozarks and that it is the largest event of its kind.
Talk about your last year’s record:
It was the fastest that I have gone on the water, 94 mph. The water was pretty-well… perfect on Saturday with the exception of a little excessive wind. I was hoping for a better speed on Sunday but, mother-nature just wasn't with us.
What is your racing strategy for the 2013 LOZ Shootout?
To increase my speed over 2012. I'm expecting triple digits.
When, where, and why did you first start racing?
1995 LOZ Shooters 21 Shootout. I wanted to prove that pontoons can be competitive and that PlayCraft can compete with the best of them.
What separates boating at Lake of the Ozarks from other destinations?
It just doesn't get any better than this, because we have the best of the best.
How does the LOZ Shootout event compare to other races?
There's no comparison.
Best racing memory:
In 2010 when one of our PlayCraft boats was the first pontoon boat to reach 100 mph with pilot Ken Goudy.
Worst racing memory:
I honestly don't have any bad memories in the Shootout. Everything has always been a plus.
What do you do when you're not racing boats?
I build and design boats, fish, enjoy boating and most anything to do with water sports. I love to read and spend time with my wife. We enjoy our family and our grandkids.