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: Joel Begin, driver
Co-racer’s Name: Mike Fiore, throttleman
Boat Name: “No Stress”
Port of Call: Valleyfield, Quebec
Boat make/model: Outer Limits SV52 2012
Shootout Race Classification: Top Professional V and NV2F1
Horsepower: 1350 twin Mercury
Shootout Speed: Top Professional V 138 mph, and NV2F1 99 mph
Notable Races/Wins: 2012 Shootout Top Gun in Top Professional V and 2012 Top Gun in NV2F1
Other Races: First Place in the Dodge Viper Races at Mount Tremblant (in a Dodge Viper and a two time Canadian Snowmobile Championship winner
Sponsor: Metal Unic Siding
Businesses: Aluminium Depo Inc. Gouttieres Begin Guttering Co. and Metal Unic Siding
Family: Wife Guylaine and three daughters
Describe the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in one word: Badass
What do you like about the LOZ Shootout? The atomosphere and the people
Talk about your last year’s record? We were very proud. We registered in two classes and won both. Even with the humidity on Sunday the motor ran better than expected and the water was perfect.
What is your racing strategy for the 2013 LOZ Shootout? It is a secret.
When, where, what and why did you first start racing? I started racing as a teenager racing snowmobiles, cars and boats.
What separates boating at Lake of the Ozarks from other destinations? The beautiful scenery and the people are fantastic.
How does the LOZ Shootout event compare to other races? The Lake has ideal conditions for pure speed.
Best racing memory? All were great.
Worst racing memory? None
What do you do when you're not racing boats? Working at one of my three businesses.