Sprint boat races coming to Ontario site next spring

Clint Birch drives his boat for Fear Not Racing into a curve, along with navigator Terri Lovell, in a recent event. The sprint boat racing sport is coming to Ontario in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Halstead, Jeff Halstead Photography)

ONTARIO – The hush of a golf course will be replaced with the roar of high-powered engines next year when a sprint boat racing venue opens.

Construction crews are at work digging the raceway, transforming what was once the Ontario Golf Course into the Ontario Speedway. The plan is to start races next May.

Sprint boat racing is also referred to as jet sprint racing and started in New Zealand in 1981, according to the website of the United States Jet Sprint Association in Caldwell, Idaho. A crew of two in a shallow-draft boat makes a . . .