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Louisville Regatta Grand Prix set to make waves in the Derby City

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisvillians who love fast-paced action on the water used to have to jump on I-65 and head north to Madison, Indiana. 

Now, all they'll have to do is go to Waterfront Park. 

"It's a much more aggressive style of racing, where the Madison stuff is a King's sport," driver Chris Fairchild said. "We do things proper, and we do things the right way, and we hold our lanes. Here we don't do that. This is rough and tumble, and let's get into it."

The racing at Waterfront Park from Aug. 18- 20 will be as in your face as some of the drivers behind the wheel. More than a dozen of them will jump into boats, and as long as it's not storming, go at it in the Louisville Regatta Grand Prix.

Speeds could top 120 miles an hour, and spectators from just about every part of the park will be able to take it all in. 

The action may be more intense, but it sounds like the festival surrounding the races, just like in southern Indiana, will give people a chance to celebrate thrills on the water.

City leaders think the waves it will make in the economy could be big.

"Tourism means so much to us in the state," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. "Three-and-half-billion dollars of economic contribution and impact for the state. It could be the Slugger Museum. It could be the Muhammad Ali Center. It could be the revenue that comes from people who are coming for the Regatta as well."

The Grand Prix is expected to be in Louisville for at least three years.

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