Nick Carter, heartthrob of pop's Backstreet Boys, is to try his hand at offshore powerboat racing

Nick Carter, heartthrob of pop’s Backstreet Boys, is to try his hand at offshore powerboat racing

Carter, 22, has purchased a 43ft (14m) offshore Class I (16 litre) outfit and plans to campaign the 130mph boat in the American Power Boat Association’s (APBA) series, racing both in the USA and Canada.

Although Nick is a competent driver he will only be behind the wheel when his heavy recording schedule permits. On other occasions the team will be led by his father, Bob Carter.

“My father is one of the main reasons I’m getting into powerboating,” said Nick during a special news conference. “It’s a dream come true for him.”

Following a debut off Daytona Beach, Florida, on April 28, Nick Carter racing, as the new team will be called, will make its hometown debut at the Marathon Beach Offshore Grand Prix on May 17-19.

Lee Murray, an experienced Key West racer noted for aggressive tactics, has been engaged as throttleman.

“As an entertainer it’s not going to be easy to gain respect as a serious racer,” said Nick. “But we’re out there to win not simply to show off.”