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: Roger Neighbors – Driver
Co-racer's Name: Aaron Neighbors – Throttleman
Boat Name: Blue Bayou
Port of Call: Sunrise Beach
Boat Make/Model: 2005 Fountain, Poker Run Edition
Shootout Race Classification: Non-Professional V Class
Horsepower: Twin 1075 Mercury
Modifications: Engines and No. 6 drives
Fastest Speed: 130 mph in the 2012 LOZ Shootout
Notable Races/Wins: Won 2012 LOZ Shootout Top Gun in Non-professional V class. Participated in the OSS race in 2010 as a driver
Sponsor(s): Neighbors Construction Company and Century Building Solutions
Business: Owner, Neighbors Construction Company
Family: Wife – Nancy, sons – Aaron and Ryan, daughter – Ann
Describe the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in one word: Awesome
What do you like about the LOZ Shootout?
I like that there is a closer atmosphere with the fans right next to the race course. The Shootout has better action and you get a better feel for the race with the tighter course. Every year it’s just gotten better. There’s a lot of powerful hardware on the Lake during the Shootout. The Lake Havasu Desert Storm races are different with different boats, a different race course and a different atmosphere. The Shootout is more refined, the course is easier and there are a lot more spectators.
What is your racing strategy for the 2013 LOZ Shootout?
I will get the boat set up correctly, hit the gate at 40 mph, and drive as straight as possible.
When, what, where did you first start racing?
I have always liked Fountains and fast boats in general. I have evolved from a 24-foot, to a 29-foot, and now a 42-foot Fountain.
What separates boating at Lake of the Ozarks from other destinations?
I like that you can develop right to the edge of the water, and that the Lake is clean. The Lake is unique in that there are a lot of nice venues to eat and get gas. The Corps fluctuates other lake waters so much that the shore lines are exposed. But the level of the Lake of the Ozarks is constant and allows the shore to look nice during the summer time.
Best racing memory?
In 2010, Bob Teague was coming to the Lake for the Shootout and needed a place to stay. Mike Jannsen knew Bob and suggested that I call Bob to see if he wanted to stay with us at our house at the Lake. Bob said okay, and ended up throttling my boat during the Shootout and when he came back for the OSS race. It was great having someone with his racing experience to throttle my boat. He is a blast and is a lot of fun to be with. His knowledge of boats and racing is legendary. We’ve been friends ever since.
Worst Racing memory? None so far.
What do you do when you're not racing boats? I go to the Lake with my family and friends and relax.