Nick Carter Competes in Boat Race

By | April 29, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter is once again at the top of the charts – this time in high-speed powerboat racing. The 22-year-old pop star watched his team, Nick Carter Racing, win the first race of this year’s American Power Boat Association Offshore Tour on Sunday.

The event marked the debut of Carter’s 40-foot, 130-mph Super Vee-class boat, which had never been tested in open-water competition.

“I didn’t expect we would do so well,” Carter said. “I would have been happy just to place.”

Carter started the team in February so his father, Bob, could pilot the boat in races. Bob Carter let Key West chiropractor Steve Oropeza take the helm Sunday while fellow Key West resident Lee Murray handled the throttles.

Nick Carter also said he was “seriously thinking” about buying another race boat and running it himself.

“I’ve really gotten into the sport,” he said. “I’ll start off in one of the smaller classes, learn all I can.”

The Carter family lives in the Florida Keys. They were introduced to high-speed offshore powerboat racing during last November’s Offshore World Championships in Key West.

The Offshore Tour makes its next stop in Carter’s hometown of Marathon on May 17-19.

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