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ESPN TV Production Race Day 7 and Awards -- September 4, 2004
Day 7 -- Ciudad Bolivar to Ordaz Port -- 65 miles
The big day and an early start as we departed the hotel at 6:30 a.m. We were able to get in two fast runs to test props and make our selection for the day. Downriver we clocked our best speed of 115 mph with just a couple of hundred RPMs off max. We tried the smaller pitch and lost speed. With a tank full of fuel, we felt the bigger pitch props were right on. The two long outdrives had sapped quite a bit of efficiency compared to the normal shortie outdrives. The extra hydrodynamic drag probably accounted for the 10 mph being robbed from the terminal velocity.
After 1135 miles we were fortunate to be there in such relatively good shape, and most importantly the engines were purring in harmony -- still never having missed one beat and still on the original oil after 30 hard hours.
Seebold and Hook carried the CITGO colors to a second and third-place finish in the overall competition while Youngwirth captured first place in his class.