The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission has announced the return of Formula 1 Powerboat Racing to Lousiana with the Red River Rumble F1 Powerboat Showdown, scheduled to take place from May 24–26, 2024.
“We are looking forward to bringing Powerboats back to the Red River and Shreveport-Bossier in 2024-2026,” said Sara Nelms, director of sports for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “We are excited to host this event in conjunction with Mudbug Madness and showcase the world class Formula 1 drivers.”
This event will feature approximately 50 high-speed powerboats along the Red River. The Formula 1 Powerboat Championship is an 8-race series contested across North America. US Powerboat racing has a 120-year heritage that began with the formation of the American Powerboat Association.
“On behalf of the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship, we are very excited to bring Formula 1 powerboat racing back to Shreveport-Bossier for the first time since 2018,” said Tim Seebold, managing director of the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship. “Shreveport holds a special place in my heart as it was the site of my last National Championship before retiring from driving.”
In addition to the races, the event will feature an open pit area that allows fans to meet the drivers and get a closer look at the boats. The event will happen the same weekend as Mudbug Madness 2024 in Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. General admission viewing is free and there will also be a VIP area at the Shreveport Aquarium.
“On behalf of the Mudbug Madness Festival, we are excited that Formula 1 Powerboat Racing will be taking place the same weekend as our festival on the Shreveport Riverfront,” said Terri Matthews, event coordinator for Mudbug Madness. “Our mission is to support and promote projects and events to enhance downtown and the synergy this will bring will do just that.”