June 15, 2017

As preparations began on a beautiful Friday afternoon in La Porte, Indiana for the 5th annual Maple City Grand Prix, the Mendana Racing team was excited on a fresh start in 2017.  Both Jose Mendana Jr and Carlos Mendana were entered to participate in both the Formula One and Formula Lights classes which included thirty total competitors in both classes.

After suffering a blown powerhead in Formula Lights qualifying, Carlos Mendana was involved in a scary and hard accident on the first lap of heat two for Formula One. Contact between David Johnigan and Brent Dillard sent the DAC hull of Dillard to outside and making a direct collision with the cockpit of Carlos' Nut House Yacht Club sponsored Gran Prix. After encountering some difficult pain, Carlos received medical attention and was sent to the hospital and held overnight for observations. Carlos was released Monday morning with a lung contusion and an injured shoulder. Carlos will sit out his next scheduled start at Bay City. His return to the cockpit will be determined later.

Jose Mendana Jr, who put his Hondros Education Group backed #21 Gran Prix in 3rd place in the Formula One time trials and earned the third starting spot for the final event was looking for a podium finish for the Mendana Enterprises crew. A steering failure in the final forced him to bring the boat back to the trailer just a few laps into the feature and finish in the tenth position.  Mendana Jr., however was able to bring the Holeshot Powersports Lee Motorsports Pugh hull home to a third-place finish in the Formula Lights division after suffering trim issues during the final. Mendana Jr. will make his next Formula Lights start at Marietta, OH on July 8-9 and currently sits tied for third in the championship point standings.

The next event for the Mendana Racing team will be at the Bay City Grand Prix on the weekend of June 24-25 where two Gran Prix F1 hulls will hit the water. A driver to replace Carlos Mendana will be announced shortly.

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  • Highlands Spring Classic Highlands, TX Apr 02  -  Apr 03  2022 Formula Lights (#21)
  • Port Neches Riverfest Port Neches, TX Apr 29  -  May 01  2022 Formula Lights (#21)
  • Powerboat Nationals Liqui Moly Formula Lights Series Race Branson, MO May 14  -  May 15  2022 Formula Lights (#21, #27)
  • Liqui Moly Region 7 Championship Branson, MO Jun 18  -  Jun 19  2022 Formula Lights (#21, #27)
  • Marietta Riverfront Roar Marietta, OH Jul 09  -  Jul 10  2022 Formula Lights (#21, #27)
  • APBA Central Divisional Championship Branson, MO Jul 23  -  Jul 24  2022 Formula Lights (#21, #27)
  • APBA Eastern Divisional Championship Ravenswood , WV Aug 06  -  Aug 07  2022 Formula Lights (#21)
  • APBA North American Championship Branson, MO Sep 10  -  Sep 11  2022 Formula Lights (#21, #27)
  • F1 Powerboat Highlands Fall Classic Highlands, TX Sep 23  -  Sep 25  2022 Formula Lights (#21)
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