When McCormick opened his boat transport business in 1994, Velocity Powerboats was his first customer. According to the media release, McCormick spent most of his free time at the Velocity factory rigging boats, setting up boat shows and selling boats for Stepp. In 1999, McCormick and Stepp partnered to build a Factory-class race boat. It is during this period that McCormick began his professional offshore race career, where he came to achieve 15 podium finishes and set three World U.I.M. Records.