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XINSURANCE Good Boy Vodka has announced a revised driver-throttleman pairing for the remainder of the season, with team manager Randy Kent stepping-up and taking over driving duties and being joined in the cockpit by throttleman Grant Bruggemann – the duo replacing Miles Jennings and Alex Pratt.
The reshuffle will take effect immediately with Kent and Bruggemann pitched together and teaming-up for the first time at the Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan, Indiana on 4-6 August, round 3 of the 2023 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
Rick Lindsey, president, CEO, and chairman of the principal team sponsor, XINSURANCE confirmed the news in a statement to the team: “I’m sure all of you have heard about Alex’s accident. It may be some time before he can return to racing, so starting immediately, Alex and Miles will be replaced by Grant Bruggemann and Randy Kent.
“Miles did a great job, but with getting the new boat ready in a short period of time, logistically it just made more sense so the boat and crew can get as much testing and seat time as possible. We welcome Grant on board and wish Alex a speedy recovery.”
Kent and Bruggemann have a wealth of racing experience behind them and are highly respected in powerboat and racing circles; Kent, who became XINSURANCE /Good Boy Vodka team manager at the back end of 2022, worked his way through the racing ranks in the early 90s with RIVA Yamaha in the novice class then doing a three-year stint in the IJSBA unlimited class and finishing fourth in the world in 1995. Following spells in PRO MOD and Top Fuels he moved up to Formula Atlantic and raced a Ralt RT41. In 2006 he rebuilt, rerigged the first of four MTI’s he has owned and raced the Super Cat Light series with OSS alongside throttleman Reggie Fountain III, winning the world championships in their first year. From 2014 to 2017 he raced in the unlimited class alongside Chris Hanley, again in an MTI, before stepping away to pursue other interests, more recently taking possession of a BMW Cup Car to compete in series in Miami.
XINSURANCE. President, CEO and Chairman a great job, but with getting the new boat ready in a short period of time, logistically it just made more sense so the boat and crew can get as much testing and seat time as possible. We welcome Grant on board and wish Alex a speedy recovery.
Born in Queensland, Australia, Bruggemann moved to the USA when he was 22 becoming a US citizen in 2006. He made his racing debut in 1998 driving a 35' Jaguar called Snack Attack at Key West, going on to compete in Super Vee, Stock Outboard, Super Cat Lite, Super Boat and Super Cat winning a raft of national and world titles: in Stock outboard in 2008, Super Cat in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2019, claiming the SBI Triple crown – World, National and Florida championships in 2011. Alongside his new UIM Class 1 duties he also competes in Super Cat and Stock Outboard. "I am looking forward to racing with the XINSURANCE/Good Boy Vodka Class 1 team starting in Michigan City and the remainder of the 2023 season.
“I have worked with Rick, Randy & Gene [Greber] a bit previously and they seem to be a very well put together group who are just as committed to racing and winning, as I am. All the ingredients are there to put XINSURANCE/Good Boy Vodka at the front to compete for a podium."