Randy and Taylor Scism, father-daughter duo and both accomplished figures in the powerboating world, were supposed to join forces to compete in the 450R Factory Stock class this past weekend. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the race was cancelled and the family duo was unable to share the cockpit for the Sarasota event. Prior to the scheduled race, Taylor and Randy were interviewed by Speed on the Water regarding the father daughter match-up. Continue reading below to learn more!
In a truly marquee father-and-daughter pairing, MTI company founder and owner Randy Scism and his daughter, Taylor, who handles client relations and marketing for the Wentzville, Mo., company, will share the canopied cockpit of an MTI 390X catamaran in the new 450R Factory Stock class during the final race of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix this Sunday in Southwest Florida.
“They want our class to run with the Supercats, so Johnny Tomlinson, who was going to throttle with me, will be with Lorne Leibel in the Canada Homes boat,” said Taylor Scism, who drove alongside throttleman Shaun Torrente at the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., last month and at the Lake Race on the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri with Tomlinson earlier this month. “I’ve come to this race a lot with my family during the years. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Randy Scism has been his daughter’s practice-and-testing partner at the Lake of the Ozarks, their home-water. MTI has employed the same structural canopy technology that it developed for its former 48- and 52-foot raceboats for the 390X, he said.
“I really didn’t plan for this to happen, but it’s going to be fun,” said Randy Scism. “My plan has been to get her seat time in the cockpit with the top people in the sport so she can learn faster on a closed course with all of the safety assets. She is getting better and better every time she goes out.”