FOND DU LAC, Wisc. — Mercury Racing has announced the winners of the 2001 Mercury Racing American Power Boat Association (APBA) Offshore Factory, Super Cat Light Inboard and Super Cat Light Outboard Class Contingency Purse. The $50,000 prize purse is awarded to the top five Factory 1, Factory 2 and Super Cat LightInboard and top two Super Cat Light Outboard place finishers.

The top five Factory/Super Cat Light Inboard and top two Super Cat Light Outboard positions are calculated based on the cumulative total of a raceboat's points for the racing year in the National Factory Pro-Series per the Mercury
Racing contingency program guidelines.

APBA Factory Pro-Series Offshore High Points National and World Champions are awarded the Russell J. Burke Memorial trophy. First introduced in 1998, the family of four perpetual traveling trophies honor the late Russ Burke, a Field project engineer for Mercury Marine, who was killed in a car accident in 1997.

Burke was close to all involved in sport boating and was a great proponent of APBA Factory offshore racing. The historical trophies, taken out of the Kiekhaefer Mercury archives, were first awarded to Mercury racers in the 1970s.

The Russell J. Burke Memorial trophies are based on the total of a raceboat's points accumulated in the National APBA Factory Pro Series during the race season and at the APBA Offshore World Championships.

2001 Russell J. Burke Memorial Trophy Winners

Factory 1Chesapeake InnB.J. Maher
Factory 2Team VirginTodd Klindworth
Super Cat Light InboardTeam TelliumJohn Kiely
Super Cat Light OutboardFlow MasterTodd Werner

2001 Mercury Racing APBA Offshore Contingency Purse Winners

Class, Position, Boat Name, Winner/Owner
Factory 1First PlaceChesapeake InnB.J. Maher
Factory 1Second PlaceTwisted ChyxTheresa Eubanks
Factory 1Third PlaceBoathouseAngelo Buffomante
Factory 1Fourth PlacePurple Haze RacingRon Latawie
Factory 1Fifth PlaceViper MarineCurt Watkins
Factory 2First PlaceTeam VirginTodd Klindworth
Factory 2Second PlaceUtz Quality FoodsPier 57 Boat Sales and Service
Factory 2Third PlaceTwisted StyxRobert Eubanks
Factory 2Fourth PlaceLet's Play RacingDarian and Kevin Hatcher
Factory 2Fifth PlaceSnap On Talk N' ToolsBrian Ross
Super Cat Light InboardFirst PlaceTeam TelliumJohn Kiely
Super Cat Light InboardSecond PlaceHow Sweet It IsJohn Petersen
Super Cat Light InboardThird PlaceZipp ExpressDaniel Francis
Super Cat Light InboardFourth PlacePeppersGeorge Stancombe
Super Cat Light InboardFifth PlaceTeam YahooCurtis Morris
Super Cat Light OutboardFirst PlaceFlow MasterTodd Werner
Super Cat Light OutboardSecond PlaceSnakeman RacingJohn Robinson