2010 Madison Regatta Souvenir Section
With damage from the 2009 Doha crash repaired, the start of the 2010 Unlimited Hydroplane season had the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison ready to defend their U-1. Originally published June 26. 2010 by The Madison Courier. All content is the property of The Madison Courier and may not be copied, reprinted or redistributed without the consent of the Publisher. c2010-2012 The Madison Courier.
THE MADISON COURIER 45th Annual Madison Regatta Souvenir Section Saturday, June 26, 2010 U-1 Going For ... ... back-to-backto-back National Championships 2 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 e t u l a S e W The Miss Madison... ...our community trademark. The Miss Madison is made possible by the Madison Community, the Miss Madison Committee, the City of Madison & sponsored by Oh Boy! Oberto The�World’s Only�Community Owned�Unlimited Hydroplane! 50th Year Racing Oldest Active Racing Team! Steve�David DRIVER MISS�MADISON Steve has had more than 250 victories and has set nine world records. Photo Credit: James Crisp Miss Madison Racing Crew 2010 Steve�David,�Driver Michael�Hanson,�Crew�Chief In�Memoriam Wayne�Griffin,�Assistant�Crew�Chief Larry�Hanson Trevor�Hanson Steve�Dean Randy�Gayle Bob�Hudson Cindy�Shirley Richard�Dunn Jimmy�Gilbert Matt�Sontag 2949 Clifty Drive • Madison, IN 47250 812-273-3272 Bob�Hughes PRESIDENT MISS�MADISON,�INC. Tony�Steinhardt VICE PRESIDENT MISS�MADISON,�INC. Good�Luck�From�Your�Carrier�Dealer! 1-800-648-3027 • 1-812-866-2400 www.steinhardtcomfort.com Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS 4-6 Regatta Festival Schedule 7 Regatta Past Presidents 10-11 Miss Madison Regatta Pageant 12-13 Parade Grand Marshal Feature 14 Madison Courier 10K Race 15 State of the U-1 17 H1-Unlimiteds at Madison 18-21 The Governor’s Cup Field 24 New Look for Defending Champ 26 Jean Theoret a Year After Crash 27 Race Schedule & 2009 Results 28 Unlimited Racing’s Rookies 28 Grand Nationals & Modifieds 29 Young Drivers to Watch 29 Unlimited Racing’s Champions 30 Boat Racing Lost Popular Driver 31 Governor’s Cup Through the Years ••• REIGNING CHAMPION: U-16 Miss Elam Plus driver Dave Villwock (center) being presented the 2009 Indiana Governor’s Cup by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (left) and Madison Mayor tim Armstrong. (Courier file photo by David Campbell) The 32nd annual Madison Regatta Souvenir Section was written and edited by The Madison Courier sports staff. The cover photo, taken by staffer David Campbell at the 2009 Detroit Gold Cup, shows the national champion Oh Boy! Oberto. Welcome to the 2010 Madison Regatta • River-View Rooms • Deluxe Whirlpool • Honeymoon Suite (Heart Shaped Jacuzzi) Madison’s Boutique Hotel Overlooking the Ohio River 831 Main St. - Madison, Indiana 47250 • www.hillsidemadison.com Toll-Free 1.877.265.3231 • Phone 812.265.3221 • Fax 812.265.2453 RIVERSIDE PRODUCE Located in Downtown Milton, KY to the right of the Bridge. Across from Milton Discount Tobacco and Milton Auto Sales. (502) 268-3120 Discount Cigarettes! Soft Drinks! Newspapers! Bridgewater Candles! Bags of Ice MADISON’S #1 WEBSITE “Downtown & Riverfront” New Items & Event Calendar! 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(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie) SATURDAY, JUNE 26 Little Miss & Miss Pre-Teen Pageants Noon at Madison Consolidated High School’s Sherman Auditorium Admission: $5 Madison Regatta Week kicks off early with the youngest contestants of the week when girls between the ages of 6 and 12 compete for Regatta royalty in the Little Miss and Miss Pre-Teen pageants. ••• Miss Teen Pageant 6 p.m. at Madison Consolidated High School’s Sherman Auditorium Admission: $5 Girls ages 13-17 will compete for Regatta royalty in the Miss Teen Pageant. SUNDAY, JUNE 27 Madison Regatta Kickoff with Music on the Riverfront 3-10 p.m. Bicentennial Park on the Riverfront Admission: Free Live music for listening and dancing along with face-painting and inflatable toys for children leading up to the Lighted Boat Parade. at Ohio River Lineup starting at 6 p.m. with parade beginning at 9 p.m. Admission: Free A parade of boats, decorated with lights and other novelties and entertainment. MONDAY, JUNE 28 Xi Beta Upsilon Miss Madison Regatta Pageant 7 p.m. at Madison Consolidated High School’s Sherman Auditorium Admission: $8 Fifteen young women from the region will compete for the crown of Miss Madison Regatta. Contestants will be judged in evening gown, swimsuit and oral presentation. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a crown, a trophy and gift certificates from local merchants and also represent the community throughout the Regatta Festival as well as during the Indiana Governor’s Cup race program. 2009 Miss Madison Regatta Alex Burgin (right) will crown her successor and end her reign as Regatta Queen. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie) TUESDAY, JUNE 29 Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation Bed Race 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of Jefferson County Courthouse Five person teams — one person riding on the bed and four others powering these special racing cots, will engage in a dead sprint from start to the finish. This cot competition is definitely Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 5 THURSDAY, JULY 1 96.3 WJAA Battle of the Bands 7-11 p.m. Fireman’s Park Stage on the Riverfront Regional bands are allowed a half-hour set each to excite, impress, and rock the crowd and a panel of judges while vying for a spot in Saturday’s Music on the River program. Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events June 30 through July 4), or a nightly Madison Regatta Festival Support Buttons ($5). Children 10 and under SAME BAT TIME: The Midwest Tube Mills team decked out in Batman costumes admitted free of charge. during the judged portion of the competition in 2009. (Courier file photo) Here’s the lineup for Madison Regatta Battle of the not a sleeper, as competitors race souped-up beds in a series of intense heats. Bands as of presstime: A spectator favorite, teams will race up and down Main Street with some of the area’s top • Steel • Redneck sprinters providing the muscle and speed. Beds will also be judged on their decoration and Rattlesnake creative appearance. • Crazy Train ••• City of Madison Movie on the Riverfront Approximately Dark at Bicentennial Park on the Riverfront Admission: Free A large screen will be trucked into Bicentennial Park for a showing of the movie “Madison,” based on Miss Madison’s 1971 Gold Cup win and filmed in Madison, creating a outdoor movie party for all who attend. A special showing of the H1Unlimiteds 2009 season finale in Doha, Qatar, will also be shown. • Away With Mondays • Slakker • Anthony Fox • Uncle Slim • One more band to be announced (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie) Harlan Kelly of a Kid Named Silence performing in 2009. FRIDAY, JULY 2 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 Fillin Station Liquors Fireman’s Waterball Fight 5:30 p.m. at Vaughn Drive and Broadway Street Area firefighters display their skill and stamina while battling it out in this annual soaking-wet competition. Teams from throughout the area will compete. Madison’s Fair Play Fire Company No. 1 (pictured at right) won its second straight waterball title in 2009. Two teams face off in a soggy tug-o’-war, using the jet spray of their fire hoses to move a large ball suspended high on a cable across the opposing team’s marker to win. The overall champion gets a trophy and bragging rights for a year. ••• WORX-96.7 Street Dance 8-11 p.m. Fireman’s Park Stage on the Riverfront Cut a rug on the riverfront as Regatta-goers dance in the street to music played by local radio station WORX 96.7. The event includes an open dance competition. Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events June 30 through July 4), or a nightly Madison Regatta Festival Support Buttons ($5). Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. BEDROCK TO MADISON: River Valley Financial Bank’s Flintstones float at the 2009 Madison Regatta Parade. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie.) Madison Regatta Parade 6 p.m. Main Street Decorative floats, hydroplanes, marching bands and other entries will parade down Main Street in a culmination of the city’s support and celebration of the annual Regatta. Oh Boy! Oberto Company owners Art and Dorothy Oberto, of Seattle, will serve as parade grand marshals this year. The Oberto’s company is the longtime sponsor of the hometown Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison race team. 6 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 WIKI 95.3 Music on the Riverfront ••• Dennis Holt Memorial Radio-Controlled Boat Races 7-11 p.m. Fireman’s Park Stage on the Riverfront 10 a.m. at Krueger Lake inside Jefferson Proving Grounds Live music for listening and dancing. Country Music Television’s YOUNG COUNTRY: J.D. Shelburne (above left) and Josh Glauber “Can You Duet” and Holly Jackson (above right) participants Holly Jackson and Josh Glauber at 7 p.m. and country music artist J.D. Shelburne at 9 p.m . Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events June 30 through July 4), or a nightly Madison Regatta Festival Support Buttons ($5). Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. SATURDAY, JULY 3 Radio-controlled boat racers from the Prop Walkers Model Boat Club as well as throughout the region stage their annual scale-model regatta as part of the Madison Regatta Festival. Boats are judged based on their detailed replication of current and past Unlimited hydroplanes and races are staged with radio-controlled boats of various sizes competing. ••• Grote Industries Air Shows 10:45 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 and 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 Madison Riverfront Local stunt pilot Cliff Robinson does rolls, loops, Cuban eights, hammer heads, snap rolls, and takes a flight under the Madison-Milton bridge in a spectacular display of aerial finesse. ••• WORX 96.7/WXGO 1270 Music on the Riverfront 2-11 p.m. At Fireman’s Park Stage on the Riverfront Live music on the riverfront from various bands including Assorted Flavors, 2010 battle of bands winner, 2009 battle of bands winner Ryder McQueen and Broken Spurs. Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events June 30 through July 4) up until approximately 6 p.m. or whenever the race course closes. Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. American Legion Post No. 9 Fireworks Spectacular ••• Approximately 10 p.m. Madison Riverfront 2010 Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Starter Charles Ricketts Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run & Walk 2009 men’s Courier 10K winner Oliver Book of Starlight 8 a.m. —Walk 8:30 a.m. — Run From Madison Consolidated High School to Lytle Park 2009 women’s Courier 10K winner Heidi Saunders of Madison Now in its 32nd year, The Madison Courier 10K run and walk annually draws several hundred runners and walkers — and many more spectators — to a scenic 6.2-mile road course that takes participants from Madison’s hilltop to downtown. Longtime participant Charles Ricketts, of Madison, will serve as the official starter. The 2009 overall winner was Oliver Book of Starlight while the women’s winner was Heidi Saunders of Madison Entry forms are still available at The Madison Courier, located at 310 West St. in downtown Madison, online at www.madisoncourier.com, or at the starting area at Madison Conslidated High’s Salm Gymnasium from 6:30 a.m. until time of race on race day. The entry fee is now $25 for the run and $15 for the walk. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a packet. Top three finishers in each of the 15 male and 15 female age divisions in the run will receive awards created especially for the event. The walk is a non-competitive event and no awards are presented. Madison lights up the sky over the Ohio River with loud, colorful fireworks based on a patriotic program that celebrates the Regatta and Independence Day. Live music before and after the fireworks. Admission is free and open to the public and the event is rain or shine. Spectators watch the American Legion Post 9 Fireworks Spectacular at the 2008 Madison Regatta (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie) SUNDAY, JULY 4 Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup Madison Regatta See complete race weekend schedule on Page 27. Saturday, June 26, 2010 Madison Regatta The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 7 Regatta Past Presidents Several of the past presidents of the Madison Regatta Inc., gather for their annual photo on Saturday of race weekend in 2009. Those on hand included (from left): kneeling — Mark Fisher, Herb Parker, Mike Adams and John Knoebel; back row — Dan Carter, Dave Taylor, Denny Jackson, Wilbur Heitz, Jack Lemm, Lou Knoble and Tony Steinhardt. 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The 15 will vie for a $1,000 scholarship, crown, trophy and gift certificates at 7 p.m. in the Opal Sherman Auditorium. The winner will be crowned by 2009 Miss Madison Regatta Alex Whitney Burgin, who was a 23-year-old junior at Indiana University Alex Burgin Southeast from Jeffersonville when she began her reign. The 15 contestants are: • Margaux Rene Auxier, of Madison, the 21-year-old daughter of Rebecca Aldridge and Barry Auxier of Madison. A 2007 honors graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, Auxier attends the University of Indianapolis majoring in psychology and minoring in business administration. Auxier was first runner-up in the Miss Madison Regatta pageant in 2008 and was crowned America’s Ultimate Miss 2010. • Kelly Marie Borter, of Holton, the 18ear-old daughter of Barry and Linda Borter of Holton. A 2010 graduate of South Ripley Junior-Senior High School, she plans to attend Butler University and major in international management and minor in political science and French. Borter was valedictorian and president of the 2010 graduating class at South Ripley. • Amara Jael Cosby, of Minooka, Ill., the 18-year-old daughter of Jason and Tamara Wheeler of Minooka, Ill. A 2010 graduate of Minooka Community High School, she plans to attend Joliet Junior College in hopes of transferring to The American Academy of Art in Chicago to study fine arts. • Elizabeth Hayley Franklin, of Carrollton, the 20-year-old daughter of Ben and Crystal Franklin of Carrollton, Ky. A 2008 graduate of Carroll County High School, she attends Northern Kentucky University majoring in communication studies and minoring in public relations. 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Oberto. consequences.” With the retirement of the Miss Budweiser team in 2004, A commitment to build a new boat was made in October the Oberto family’s Seattle-based meat products business became the oldest active corporate sponsor in Unlimited racing. 2006 and although the project was a frantic race against As of 2009, the family had eight race victories to its credit. The first two time to be ready for the start of the 2007 campaign in June, were in 1988 when driver George Woods posted wins at Miami and San the team accomplished the task in time for the new boat to Diego. The rest were with pilot Steve David driving for Miss Madison go racing at the season opener. Racing at Madison in 2001, at Evansville in 2005, at Seattle and The new Oh Boy! Oberto weighed 600 pounds less San Diego in 2007, and at Tri-Cities, Wash., in 2008 and 2009. than its predecessor and featured a state-of-the-art The Obertos have long been involved in sports promotion. hull design. As the first new hydroplane in the Their slogan “Oh Boy! Oberto” was popular in Seattle Unlimited Class in five years, the boat arrived many years before it was ever applied to a race boat. In at the first race of 2007 in Evansville the 1950s, the company sponsored radio broadcasts of untested, having never been put in the the old Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League baseball water. games. As the season progressed, the Oh Boy! Oberto crew, led by crew chief It all started in 1918 and co-designer Mike Hanson, In 1918, Italian immigrant Constantino fine-tuned the new craft and the Oberto — Art Oberto’s father — opened a boat and driver David began to sausage factory in Seattle, making salami, copmake their presence felt out on pacola and other sausages with family recipes he the race course. The team scored brought with him from Italy. back-to-back victories in the From there the Oberto Sausage Company has grown Chevrolet Cup at Seattle and from three employees to more than 800. the Bill Muncey Cup at San The greatest expansion occurred after Art Oberto Diego and placed second in took over the tiny business in 1943 at the age National High Points. of 16 when Constantino died unexpectSeldom has a brand new edly. Unlimited hydroplane Although assuming leadership of made such a positive the company, Art continued going to impression in its very first school, determined to graduate from year of competition. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell) West Seattle High School. According to owner Art and Dorothy Oberto (pictured), sponsors of the hometown Miss Madison Racing’s Oberto Sausage, like many companies representative Bob Hughes of barely survived the meat shortage of World U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto will serve as grand marshals of the Madison, “None of this would War II. Average annual sales growth over the 2010 Madison Regatta Parade on Friday, July 2. have been possible without decades has ranged from 10 percent to 15 the support of our sponsor, the percent in slow years, and 20 percent to 30 Oberto family of Seattle. If we had done nothing else in 2007, we wanted to win in Seattle. percent in better times. They have won other races. But this was their first hometown victory. In the 1960s, Oberto began making beef jerky, at the suggestion of Art Oberto’s wife, “The fact that our Chevrolet Cup win coincided with Art Oberto’s 80th birthday made our Dorothy. The popular item soon became the company’s main product line. victory extra special. I know it meant a great deal to Art,” Hughes added. Jerky goes boat racing “Judging by the numerous congratulations the team received in Seattle, it would appear The very first Oberto-sponsored hydroplane was Bob Murphy’s veteran U-4. The hull, the Oh Boy! Oberto is as popular in the Pacific Northwest as it is in Madison, Ind.,” Hughes which was built in 1962 as the Notre Dame, made its debut as Oh Boy! Oberto at the 1975 said. “Seattleites consider us to be a Seattle boat, while Madisonians consider us to be a Gold Cup in Tri-Cities, Wash., The U-4 finished seventh in a 15-boat field with Chuck Madison boat. And that’s just fine with us.” Hickling at the wheel. Jerkey Boat wears the U-1 After sponsoring a number of “budget” teams for several years, the Obertos upped their In 2008, the Obertos hit Big Casino. They won their first National High Point Team ante in Unlimited racing in 1987 by joining forces with owner Jim Harvey to score their Championship. This entitled the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison (U-6) to carry the coveted first two victories the following year. The wins came with boats powered by time-honored U-1 designation during the 2009 racing season. Rolls-Royce Merlin internal combustion engines at a time when most teams were already Driver Steve David achieved 100 percent reliability in 2008 by finishing every heat that he switching over to Lycoming turbine power. entered. The U-6 also qualified fastest at four of the six events. Following a brief retirement from the sport, the Oberto family returned to the hydroplane The team won a second National Championship in 2009. Moreover, David piloted Oh wars during the West Coast swing of the 2000 season with their sponsorship of the comBoy! Oberto to a repeat victory at the Tri-Cities and finished runner-up in the UIM World munity-owned Miss Madison, a hull that had been constructed in 1988. Championship Race in Doha, Qatar — despite flipping the boat in an earlier heat with the Despite the age of the boat — and the fact that it was originally constructed for pistonseason points title still very much on the line. power but later coverted to a turbine — the Miss Madison won the 2001 Indiana Governor’s David and the Oberto/Miss Madison secured the team’s second straight championship by Cup and the 2005 Thunder On The Ohio at Evansville while flying the Oberto’s colors and outrunning their closest rivals in the final heat of the season. Steve David captured the National High Point Unlimited Driver title in both 2005 and 2006. Over the years, some of racing’s greatest teams — and their sponsors — have achieved Oberto goes prime cut the distinction of National High Point Champion. These include Miss Budweiser, Atlas Van Subsequent to the 2006 campaign, the 1988 hull was finally declared obsolete and retired Lines, Pay ’n Pak, Miss Thriftway, and the Miss Bardahl. Oh Boy! Oberto has now earned after 19 seasons of competition. its spot in that distinguished company. H1 Unlimited Historian Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 13 MADISON REGATTA PARADE GRAND MARSHALS Batwoman waved to the parade crowd in 1998 when comic book characters served as the Regatta Parade grand marshals. (Courier file photo) Here is a list of the Madison Regatta Parade’s Grand Marshals: 2010 — Art and Dorothy Oberto, owners of Oberto Sausage Company 2009 — Steve Horton, Madison Fire Chief 2008 — Steve David, pilot of the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison 2007 — Pat Day, Kentucky Derby and Hall of Fame winning thoroughbred jockey 2006 — Michael Montgomery, game designer 2005 — A.J. Ratliff, Indiana University basketball player 2004 — All past Madison Regatta presidents 2003 — Donna Cheatham, Southwestern High School and Hall of Fame girls basketball coach 2002 — Douglas Sharp, member of USA Olympic bronze medal bobsled team 2001 — Tori Murden-McClure, trans-Atlantic rower 2000 — Jared Jeffries and Sara Nord, Indiana Mr. and Miss Basketball 1999 — Jake Lloyd, motion picture actor 1998 — Batman, Robin, Batwoman, Catwoman, comic book characters 1997 — Bob Hughes, president of Miss Madison Inc. and owner of Clifty Engineering Inc. 1996 — John Gregg, Jeffersontown, Ky. police officer 1995 — Dr. Janice Voss, NASA astronaut 1994 — Kirby Adams, host of Louisville Tonight TV program 1993 — Fred Wiche, Louisville WLKY-32 televison and WHAS-840 radio garden expert 1992 — Tony the Tiger, cartoon character 1991 — Michael Hanson, pilot of the Miss Madison 1990 — Liz Everman, Louisville WLKY-32 news anchorwoman 1989 — Bernie Little, owner of the Miss Budweiser race team 1988 — Jim Kropfeld, pilot of the Miss Budweiser 1987 — Ron Synder, pilot of the Miss Madison 1986 — Dr. John E. Horner, president of Hanover College 1985 — Bill Cantrell, former hydroplane driver and crew chief and Indianapolis 500 driver 1984 — Gar y Padgen, Indianapolis Colts linebacker 1983 — Milton Metz, Louisville WHAS-840 radio talk show host 1982 — Bob Domine, Louisville WAVE-3 television sports director 1981 — Ange Humphrey, Louisville television personality 1980 — Rodger Ward, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner 1979 — Rafer Johnson, 1960 USA Olympic decathalon gold medalist 1978 — Cawood Ledford, radio voice of the Kentucky Wildcats 1977 — Pee Wee King, country-western music artist 1976 — Robert Clary, actor 1975 — Scooby Doo, cartoon character 1974 — Tom Carnegie, Indianapolis WRTV-6 televison sports director and longtime public address announcer for the Indianapolis 500 1973 — Lee Corso, Indiana and Louisville head football coach and ESPN college football analyst 1972 — Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1971 — Ed Kallay, Louisville WAVE-3 sports director ——— Grand Marshals by the Numbers 10 — Other Sports Personalties 9 — Television & Radio Personalities 8 — Hydroplane Personalities 6 — Local Civic Personalities 3 — Cartoon Characters 2 — Actors 1 — Astronauts 1 — Singers See Clearly & Save After�the�Race�relax�on your�NEW It�feels�like�you’re floating�on�a�cloud! 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COURIER STAFF REPORT The 32nd Annual Madison Courier 10K Walk and Run has become ingrained in the Madison Regatta experience with runners young and old flocking to the tiny Ohio River town to compete in the Regatta Weekend event. Charlie Ricketts won’t have to come nearly as far as some have, but the Madison native has made sure that he has not missed many of the 31 previous races. Ricketts will be official starter for this year’s race, pulling the trigger on a competition he has so often lined up for. “I feel like this is a real honor. A lot of really good athletes have served as starters for the Courier 10K over the years and to be in that group is an honor,” Ricketts said from his home on Bloom Street just above the point where the 10K course drops down Hanging Rock Hill for the stretch to the finish line at Lytle Park in downtown Madison. “It was a surprise when I got asked.” Ricketts took up running nearly 50 years ago because it was a sport he could do for the rest of his life whether the goal was exercise, running for relaxation or competition. Now almost 70, Ricketts’ times are a bit slower but he’s never lost his passion for a sport that has taken him from the hills of southern Indiana to “Heartbreak Hill” in the Boston Marathon. Courier 10K honors have come often for Ricketts. Although he has not run in all 31 previous 10Ks, he has competed in the vast majority of them and when he runs, he routinely finishes among the top three in his age group. “Charlie Ricketts is a local runner who has run the Courier 10K for many years 32nd Annual Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Walk & Run What: 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) road race from Madison Consolidated High School on hilltop to Lytle Park in downtown Madison. When: Saturday, July 3, 2010. Time: Walk—8 a.m.; Run—8:30 a.m. Check-In: Beginning at 6:30 a.m. on raceday at MCHS. Cost: Walk—$15; Run—$25. Ricketts as well as prestigious marathons in Chicago and Boston and other races. His son and daughters and their children and spouses run, too, and make it a big family event,” Madison Courier publisher Jane Jacobs said. “ ... We’re proud to have him represent us as our honorary starter this year.” Oliver Book, an 18-year-old 2009 graduate of Providence High School from Starlight, Ind., was the overall winner of last year’s race with a time of 33:01.23, edging Eugene Combs, 26, of Freetown, by just under 23 seconds. Ricketts’ grandson, 17-year-old Daniel Ricketts of Rolling Meadows, Ill., was third in 34:04.51. Heidi Saunders, 28, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., who had recently relocated to Madison, was the top female runner and 13th overall with a time of 37:50.70, a time that was almost 2:30 faster than Chelsea Stephan, 16, of Madison. Stephan, a standout cross country and distance track athletic for Madison Consolidated High School ran a 40:43.46. The two winners were both first-time competitors in the 6.2-mile road race. The 2010 Courier 10K will be the Saturday of Madison Regatta Weekend, starting at the Madison Consolidated High School parking lot on the hilltop and ending at Lytle Park in downtown Madison. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. with the run to start at 8:30 a.m. The first runners should reach the finish line at approximately 9 a.m. and cover the 6.2-mile course in about 30 minutes. Entry fees, now $15 for walkers and $25 for runners, will be taken up until minutes before the events begin and check-in on race day will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the high school. Walkers and runners will receive a commemorative T-shirt and info packet and custom awards will be presented in up to 30 age and gender divisions as well as top awards for the fastest male and female runner. While the walk is a timed event, it is considered a non-competitive event and no awards are presented in that category. For more info, visit The Madison Courier office at 310 Courier Square or visit the newspaper’s website at www. madisoncourier.com. ——— Madisonian Charles Ricketts, running in the 2007 Madison Courier 10K at right and in the inset above, will serve as the official starter of the 2010 walk and run on Saturday, July 3. ——— (Courier file photos by Mark Campbell) Saturday, June 26, 2010 Madison Regatta The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 15 Inch-by-inch: Miss Madison Racing has U-1 back in top form Damage from Doha crash repaired, two-time champs ready to defend their U-1 By DAVID CAMPBELL Courier Staff Writer It was probably the biggest story of the 2009 Unlimited hydroplane season. Just hours after a spectacular 360-degree flip, the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison returned to the water and pulled out a second-place finish at Doha, Qatar, to secure its secondstraight national championship. Race fans back in the United States followed all the drama by way of web feeds in the Internet. What appeared on computer screens back home to be a quick patch job involved a lot more than meets the eye. Oberto driver Steve David gutted through what was later diagnosed as a broken leg and crew chief Mike Hanson pulled out every trick he could to get the two-year-old boat back on the water. “It was just putting a great big Band-Aid on it,” said Hanson. “We put a new motor in it. We took the deck hatches, that were just falling off because the boat had fractured, and riveted them together and then we ducttaped over the whole thing and sent it back for the final.” While the repair job was done on the fly, Hanson wasn’t worried about the boat itself. He had inspected the hull and determined that it would stay together — for one heat at least. “It’s like a cardboard box. It’s fairly sturdy with all four sides but when you take one of them away, it gets a little flimsy,” Hanson said. “Well, we didn’t have the top. We knew it was going to wobble around a little bit but it was going to stay together.” The gamble worked and moments after the final, the team was celebrating it’s second straight national championship. Beginning the very next day, the repair job was under way. Hanson said the team went over every inch of the boat before leaving Qatar and knew what needed to be done. The most damage came on the left side of the hull where the deck was cracked. The entire wing section of the boat needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, it would take three months for the boat to make the return trip to Madison by way of an ocean voyage on a cargo ship. In the meantime, Hanson and the crew went to work on what they could get done. All of the hatches needed to be replaced in anticipation of the new right side. “We knew what kind of damage we had before we left Doha. Every hatch, all 32 of them, was cracked in some way,” Hanson said. “We rebuilt the panels while the boat Crew chief Mike Hanson (above) works on the hull of the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison while his brother, engine specialist Larry Hanson, tunes on the team’s No. 2 turbine (right). (Staff photos by David Campbell. was in transit from Doha with existing molds. Once it got back, we had to cut off the section and put a new wing section on the boat which means we had to repaint the boat. It was a pretty tough deal.” While the rebuild of the boat was expected, what wasn’t was the loss of the team’s best engine which was in the boat at the time of the accident. David was able to drive the boat back to the dock area after the flip, but it was later discovered that some object, possibly a screw or nut, had flown into the turbofan and destroyed the compressor. That meant that the engine also needed to be rebuilt, a job that fell on Hanson’s brother, Larry, the team’s engine specialist. Thanks to a surplus engine found and salvaged from a crashed Chinook helicopter, Larry Hanson was able to not only rebuild the damaged engine, but another turbine power plant as well, giving the team four race-ready motors for the upcoming season. The four engines give the Oh Boy! Oberto team an advantage heading into the 2010 season. The Hansons took all four to the Miss Budweiser shop in Tukwilla, Wash. to be placed on a dynamometer in order to test different combinations. The No. 2 engine, the one that was in the boat at the time of the Doha accident, was rated the highest. “(Former Miss Budweiser crew chief) Mark Smith said that that engine, plus two of their old engines, were the most efficient ones he had ever seen,” Larry Hanson said. With the start of the 2010 season a week away, Mike Hanson is confident that the “Shark” boat will be ready for action. Despite the rebuild, everything is on schedule. “We still have some work to do, but we’re not thrashing by any stretch,” Hanson said. “We’ll be ready.” 16 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 SUMMER TIME FUN • WORK OR PLAY • LOTS OF REASONS TO RIDE • Stream-Line Design • More Room • Keyless Electronic Ignition • Lots of Storage POWERFUL • MANEUVERABILITY • CRUISE COMFORT • Power Tools & Accessories • 52” or 61” Cutting Widths • 3200 RPM / Better Fuel Economy • Ergonomic Controls • Lumbar Support John Deere Z200 • Power • Performance • Time Savers • Lawn Tractors & Zero Turn Riders IS® 2000Z 2914�Clifty�Drive 812-273-4262 www.andersonssales.com Saturday, June 26, 2010 Madison Regatta Thrills, Chills, Spills The U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison (above, right) and U-17 ActiveWater (center) charge toward the start of a heat with the U-16 Miss Elam Plus coming on strong through their spray. The U-3 Master Tire (left) takes a big bounce on the backstretch. The U-37 Miss Bello’s Pizza (bottom) goes up and over in a crash in turn two. A broken propeller blade (below) knocks the Master Tire out of competition. Elam driver Dave Villwock (right) pumps his fist in celebration after winning his eighth Indiana Governor’s Cup at Madison. (Courier file photos above, left, bottom, below by Mark Campbell, and right by David Campbell) The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 17 18 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 2010 INDIANA GOVERNOR’S CUP FIELD Here is a look at the H1 Unlimiteds teams that will make up the Madison Regatta’s 2010 Indiana Governor’s Cup field: U-1 OH BOY! OBERTO Defending National Champion Driver Name: Steve David, Lighthouse Pointe, Fla. (9 wins) Rookie Year: 1988 Victories at Madison: 1 (2001) 2009 High Point Finish: First (7,970 points) 2009 Wins: Tri Cities, Wash. Owner Name: City of Madison, Ind. (11 wins) Team: Miss Madison Racing Founded: 1961 Victories at Madison: 2 Steve David (1971, 2001) two-time Defending 2009 High Point Finish: National Champion First (7,970 points) 2009 Wins: Tri-Cities, Wash. Boat Homeport: Madison, Ind. Team Manager: Charlie Grooms, Madison, Ind. (6 wins) Crew Chief: Mike Hanson, Seattle, Wash. (5 wins) Built: 2007 (4 wins) Colors: Red and Green Designer/Builder: Dale Vanwieringen/Mike Hanson Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— Veteran driver Steve David returns to the helm of the only community-owned Unlimited hydroplane in 2010, his 10th season with the Miss Madison Racing team. David was one of the most highly-decorated Limited pilots in history with more than 200 career wins when he got his first Unlimited ride in 1988. He drove the Miss T-Plus to three wins in the early 1990s before joining the Miss Madison Racing team in 2001. His six wins are the most by any Miss M driver and with one more win, he will become just the 16th driver in Unlimited history with at least 10 wins. His first victory with the team came here at Madison in just his second race. With David and sponsor Oh Boy! Oberto, the Miss Madison has enjoyed its greatest success in recent seasons. David has won four of the past five driver’s championships and the team itself has won two consecutive national championships. The Miss Madison team was founded in 1961 when industrialist Samuel DuPont donated his hydroplane, the Nitrogen, to the city of Madison. The city decided to campaign the boat on the circuit as the world’s fastest Chamber of Commerce, beginning a 49-year run that is the longest in motorsports history. The team’s greatest triumph was winning the APBA Gold Cup on its home waters in 1971, a feat that inspired the movie “Madison.” But the team had only five wins until the 2001 season. U-3 GO 3 RACING Driver Name: Jimmy King, Detroit, Mich. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 1994 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Seventh (3,926 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Owner Name: Ed Cooper Jr., Evansville, Ind. (4 wins) Team: Go 3 Racing Team Founded: 1986 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Ninth (3,926 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Homepor t: Evansville, Ind. Crew Chief: Ed Cooper Jr., Evansville, Ind. (4 wins) Built: 2002 (3 wins) Jimmy King Colors: Red Designer/Builder: U-3 Racing Team Power Plant: Allison V-12 Turbocharged Piston Victories at Madison: 0 ——— The load roar in a field of whispering turbines, the U-3’s piston-powered boat is always one of the favorites along the shoreline. The last boat to use the World War II-era Allison aircraft engine, the Evansville-based boat is a throwback to an older era of boat racing. But that doesn’t mean the U-3 is a pushover. In terms of raw speed, the Go 3 Racing entry may be the fastest boat in the fleet and when everything is working properly, the boat is almost unbeatable. During its magical 2003 season, the boat won three of the seven races contested and 10 of the 22 heats it entered. But consistency has been the team’s main problem and bad luck has dogged the team in recent years. At last season’s race in Evansville, driver Jimmy King was running away with an easy win when the propeller broke, ending the team’s day. Founded in 1986, the Go 3 Racing Team is the thirdoldest on the circuit, behind the Miss Madison and Leland Racing teams. But unlike its southern Indiana cousin, the Go 3 team never abandoned piston power and pulled off arguably the greatest upset in Unlimited history when Mitch Evans steered the U-3 to victory at Tri-Cities,Wash., in 1989. Veteran driver Jimmy King, the sport’s Rookie of the Year in 1994, is back for his sixth season at the helm of the “Turbinator.” King has driven for several teams over his 16-year career, but has never had a ride like the U-3. He has yet to pick up a win, but he has eight podium finishes since joining the team. U-5 FORMULABOATS.COM Driver Name: Jeff Bernard, Kent, Wash. (3 wins) Rookie Year: 2006 Victories at Madison: 1 (2008) 2009 High Point Finish: Second (7,564 points) 2009 Wins: Evansville Owner Name: Ted Porter, Decatur, Ind. (5 wins) Team: Precision Per formance Engineering Racing Founded: 2006 Victories at Madison: 1 (2008) Jeff Bernard 2009 High Point Finish: Third (7,564 points) 2009 Wins: Evansville Boat Homeport: Decatur, Ind. Team Manager: Mark Hooton, Rochester Hills, Mich. (4 wins) Crew Chief: Tom Anderson, Redmond, Wash. (3 wins) Built: 2000 (9 wins) Colors: Red Designer/Builder: Miss Budweiser Racing Team Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Victories at Madison: 3 (2003, 2004, 2008) ——— Not yet 26 years old, Jeff Bernard has already won three races at the Unlimited level and has emerged as one of the top guns in the sport. He finished fifth in his first race in 2005 and has eight podium finishes. Bernard comes from a racing family. His uncles Mark and Mike Weber both drove Unlimited hydroplanes and his stepfather Terry Troxell was a three-time winner at the level. It was Mike Weber, then serving as team manager, that brought Bernard to the U-5 team in 2006 where he has remained to this day. Bernard’s first win came here at Madison in 2008 when he out-foxed veteran Steve David and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto at the start to pull out the win. He added a second win in the season finale at San Diego. Last season, Bernard pulled away from teammate J. Michael Kelly and the U-7 Graham Trucking to win at Evansville. Bernard’s boat is the sixth, and last, turbine built by the Miss Budweiser Racing Team. The vaunted “T-6” has only nine wins to its credit, but currently owns the world straightaway speed record. It was damaged fairly extensively in a wreck at the season finale at Doha, Qatar last season. Ted Porter sponsored an Unlimited in 2005 but decided to start his own team the next year. The only owner on the circuit currently running two full-time teams, Porter was rewarded with wins in each of the last two races a year ago and a total of six podium finishes. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 U-7 GRAHAM TRUCKING Driver Name: J. Michael Kelly, Puyallup, Wash. (1 win) Rookie Year: 2004 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Fourth (6,689 points) 2009 Wins: Doha, Qatar Owner Name: Ted Porter, Decatur, Ind. (5 wins) Team: Precision Per formance Engineering Racing Founded: 2006 Victories at Madison: 1 (2008) 2009 High Point Finish: J. Michael Kelly Fourth (6,689 points) 2009 Wins: Doha, Qatar Boat Homeport: Decatur, Ind. Team Manager: Mark Hooton, Rochester Hills, Mich. (4 wins) Crew Chief: John Rice, Decatur, Ind. (1 win) Built: 1997 (22 wins) Colors: Red with White tailfins Designer/Builder: Miss Budweiser Racing Team Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— J. Michael Kelly picked up his first career win in the most The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • exotic of locales when he drove the U-7 Graham Trucking to victory at Doha, Qatar last season. Now Kelly has his sights on adding to that total. Long considered one of the top young drivers on the circuit, Kelly is beginning to show why many think he could be on the verge of a dominating career. Kelly’s first year with the Decatur-based Precision Performance team yielded a pair of second-place finishes to go with his win and a fourth-place finish in the High Points race. With a year under his belt driving the powerful U-7, Kelly could be poised for more wins this year. Underneath Kelly is one of the best Unlimited hydroplanes ever built. The fifth turbine hull built by the Miss Budweiser team, the 1997-vintage boat has 22 career wins and nine national championships yet has never won at Madison. Mike Allen drove the boat to the high points title in 2006, the first year for owner Ted Porter. Porter sponsored an Unlimited in 2005 but decided to start his own team the next year. The only owner on the circuit currently running two full-time teams, Porter was rewarded with wins in each of the last two races a year ago and a total of six podium finishes. U-13 SPIRIT OF DETROIT Driver Name: Cal Phipps, Sterling Heights, Mich. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 2010 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: N/A 2009 Wins: N/A Owner Name: Dave Bartush, Detroit, Mich. (1 win) Team: Detroit Unlimited Racing/2005 PIZZA 10” Small FREE DELIVERY 14” Large Founded: 2005 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: N/A 2009 Wins: N/A Boat Homeport: Detroit, Mich. Team Manager: Scott Allen, Detroit, Mich. (0 wins) Crew Chief: Tim Ries, hull & Bill Guckian, turbine (0 wins) Built: 1987 (23 wins) Colors: Green and Yellow Designer/Builder: Jim Cal Phipps Lucero Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Victories at Madison: 3 (1990, 1995, 1996) ——— After a one-year absence to move its base of operations from Seattle to Detroit, the U-13 Spirit of Detroit team is back on the H1 Unlimited circuit. Rookie Cal Phipps, making his long-awaited debut in the Unlimited series, will be the team’s driver this season. Phipps has driven and won in nearly all classes of inboard hydroplanes since he started racing in 1992. In addition to being the 2008 high points champion for the Grand National class, he has won seven national championships and set world records in two different classes. He took his first laps in a turbine-powered Unlimited in the seat of the U-13 at Tri-Cities, Wash., in 2008 and recorded his first timed lap in excess of 150 mph. When driver J. Michael Kelly joined the U-7 team last season, Reg. Order Bread Sticks with cheese $2.50 Cheese Pizza ................... $7.50 ....... $12.00 Family Order Toppings ............ $ 1.05 ........ $ 1.60 Bread Sticks Deluxe .............. $11.10 ....... $17.60 with cheese Bar-B-Q.............$10.10 ....... $16.00 $4.50 Toppings Lunch Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Onions, Black & Green Olives, Buffet Ham, Bacon, Anchovies, Jalapeños & Mon. Banana Peppers, Pineapple, Chicken thru Fri. SANDWICHES Half Whole Submarine ....... $3.99.......$7.50 Layers of spiced ham, boiled ham, salami, cheese, onions and a hint of tomato paste. 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That success prompted Bartush to run the circuit full-time, first with Troxell and later with Kelly as driver. The pair have accounted for six podium finishes. U-17 OUR GANG RACING Driver Name: Kip Brown, Issaquah, Wash. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 2008 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Eighth (3,180 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Owner Name: Our Gang Racing, LLC, Preston, Wash. (0 wins) Team: Our Gang Racing Founded: 2006 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Sixth (4,584 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 Homeport: Preston, Wash. Crew Chief: Nate Brown, Preston, Wash. (0 wins) Built: 2006 (0 wins) Colors: Yellow, Red and Blue Designer/Builder: Our Gang Racing Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— Former Miss Madison pilot Nate Brown started his own Unlimited team in 2006 and last season, the team opted to run the entire circuit for the first time. Despite scoring not a single podium finish and making only four final heats, the U-17 still finished sixth in the National High Points standings. Nate Brown, a veteran driver who suited up to drive the Tide, Llumar Window Film, Oh Boy! Oberto and Miss Elam Plus over the years, earned five wins. His biggest victory came in 2004 when he drove the U-10 Miss Detroit Yacht Club to the APBA Gold Cup for owners Kim and Debbie Gregory. Known as much for his ability to build and design boats as for driving them, Brown has implemented several interesting design changes for the U-17, not the least of which is its “flattened” cowling. The result is a boat that got faster and faster as the season progressed. Nate Brown serves as the team’s back-up driver while his nephew Kip Brown is the primary driver. The younger Brown finished fifth at both the Tri-Cities, Wash., and Seattle races last season. His highest finish is fourth at Seattle in 2008. Kip Brown U-21 MISS ALBERT LEE Driver Name: Brian Perkins, Black Diamond, Wash. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 2007 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Sixth (4,193 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Owner Name: Greg & Brian O’Farrell, Maple Valley, Wash. (0 wins) Team: Go Fast Turn Left Racing Founded: 2007 Victories at Madison: 0 Brian Perkins 2009 High Point Finish: Eighth (4,193 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Homeport: Maple Valley, Wash. Crew Chief: Gale Whitestine, Seattle, Wash. (0 wins) Built: 2007 (0 wins) Colors: Green and Black Designer/Builder: Dale Vanwieringen/U-21 Crew Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— The Washington State-based Go Fast Turn Left Race Team has progressed by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2007. This season, the team hopes to take an even bigger jump when it debuts its new hydroplane at Madison. The boat that will wear the colors of the Albert Lee Appliance Store this year is the sister ship of the U-1 Oh Boy! 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Brian Perkins started his Unlimited career in 2007 driving for the U-21 Freedom Racing Team and will be reunited with the boat this season. One of the up-and-coming drivers in the circuit, Perkins finished sixth in the driver’s points race last season despite making only one final heat and driving a pair of outdated boats. His best finish in the Unlimited ranks is second at Tri-Cities, Wash., in 2008. U-22 WEBSTER RACING Driver Name: Mike Webster, Reading, Pa. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 2009 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: 12th (1,564 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Owner Name: Steve & Sue Webster, Reading, Pa. (0 wins) Team: Webster Racing Founded: 2009 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: 11th (1,789 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Homeport: Reading, Pa. Crew Chief: John Walters, Seattle, Wash. (13 wins) Built: 1998 (0 wins) Colors: White and Red Designer/Builder: Mitch Evans Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— The Reading, Pa.-based U-22 team made its debut in 2009 and made every race on the circuit. The team qualified for just one final, at Tri-Cities, Wash., where Webster finished seventh. Driver Mike Webster was a decorated Limited pilot who had success at several levels before making the jump to the Unlimiteds. Along with his parents Steve and Sue, Webster purchased the former U-3 boat from Ed Cooper Jr. in 2007. The boat, nicknamed “Tubby” because it tipped the scales at 1,800 pounds overweight when it campaigned as a pistonpowered entry, was lightened and converted to turbine power. It took nearly two years to convert the boat from its V-12 Allison piston-powered configuration to turbine. Veteran crew chief and driver John Walters will serve as crew chief for the 2010 season. The boat has undergone modifications in the offseason including extending the bull noses in an effort to provide more lift and to give the boat more speed. U-25 SUPERIOR RACING Mike Webster Driver Name: Jon Zimmerman, Barien, Wash. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 2010 Victories at Madison: 0 The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 21 2009 High Point Finish: N/A 2009 Wins: N/A Owner Name: Ken Muscatel & Ron Jones Jr., Seattle, Wash. (0 wins) Team: Superior Racing Founded: 1987 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: 10th (2,201 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Homeport: Seattle, Wash. Jon Zimmerman Crew Chief: Jay Leckrone, Seattle, Wash. (0 wins) Built: 2000 (1 win) Colors: Purple and Silver Designer/Builder: Leland Unlimited Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— Seattle forensic psychologist Dr. Ken Muscatel has been driving an Unlimited hydroplane since the 1991 season, but this year, he will share the driving duties with rookie Jon Zimmerman. Zimmerman won four regional championships at the 2.5-litre level before upgrading to the bigger 5-litres. Working with Jones, Zimmerman was able to set four world records at the level while narrowly missing a national championship. Zimmerman has tested the U-25 twice on Lake Washington and is expected to drive at Madison while Muscatel will drive at Detroit and Seattle. The pair will share duties at Tri-Cities, Proud sponsor of the Madison Regatta Music on the River! 22 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Wash. Muscatel was the 1991 Unlimited Rookie of the Year and stepped up as a boat owner a few years later. Muscatel’s best season was 1998 when he finished sixth in the National High Points standings and second at Madison aboard the Miss Northwest Unlimited. As an owner, Muscatel has the distinction of holding the onemile straightaway speed record of 205 mph set by driver Russ Wicks aboard the Miss Freei. While Muscatel has little success on the water, off the water, he has had a big impact. He played a major role in bringing the Unlimiteds to Doha, Qatar last fall. This season, Muscatel has partnered with veteran boat builder Ron Jones Jr., who has had a hand in nearly every significant boat built over the past 20 years. U-37 MISS PETERS & MAY Driver Name: J.W. Myers, Burien, Wash. (1 win) Rookie Year: 2003 Victories at Madison: 1 (2005) 2009 High Point Finish: Ninth (2,970 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Owner Name: Billy & Jane Schumacher, Seattle, Wash. (4 wins) Team: Schumacher Racing Founded: 2006 J.W. Myers Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Fifth (5,253 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Homeport: Seattle, Wash. Crew Chief: Scott Raney, Seattle, Wash. (7 wins) Built: 1995 (7 wins) Colors: Yellow and Black Designer/Builder: Ron Brown/Miss Budweiser Racing Team Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Victories at Madison: 0 ——— J.W. Myers’ only career win came at Madison in 2005 aboard the Miss Elam Plus. Now, the popular driver will attempt to add to that total with the Billy and Jane Schumacher-owned U-37. Myers takes over full-time driving duties from Jean Theoret this season after driving for the team much of last season. Theoret was injured in a blowover accident at Madison in the season opener and Myers subbed for the next three races, bringing home a pair of podium finishes. Myers began his career in 2003 when he was the fastest qualifier at San Diego and earned Rookie of the Year honors while driving the Leland Racing entry. He has also driven for the Llumar Window Film and USA Racing Partners teams. Billy Schumacher was one of the youngest Unlimited champions ever, making his debut at the biggest level at the age of 18. “Billy the Kid” won 17 races in his short career, which was second on the all-time list at the time of his retirement. He is still sixth on the all-time list. 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(59 wins) Rookie Year: 1992 Victories at Madison: 8 (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009) 2009 High Point Finish: Third (7,471 points) 2009 W ins: Madison, Detroit, Seattle Owner Name: Ellstrom Family, Ballard, Wash. (20 wins) Team: Ellstrom Elam Plus Founded: 1994 Victories at Madison: 5 Dave Villwock (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) 2009 High Point Finish: Second (7,735 points) 2009 Wins: Madison, Detroit, Seattle Boat Race to Springhills Golf Course for our weekly specials!! 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He enters the campaign with 59 career wins, just three behind the legendary Bill Muncey. Villwock’s career took off from the moment he sat in an Unlimited cockpit when he steered the Coor’s Dry to victory in San Diego in 1992 in his very first race. Three years later while driving the PICO American Dream, he won the national championship. In 1997, Villwock jumped to the Miss Budweiser team and what followed was eight years of domination. In 63 races over that span, Villwock and the Bud won 37 and took home the national championship each season. Villwock took over driving duties for the Miss Elam Plus team in 2005 following the demise of the Miss Budweiser team. He delivered national championships to the Elam team in 2005 and 2007 while running his win total to its current 59. Villwock’s eight wins at Madison are the most by any driver in the 59-year history of the race. All eight wins have come in the past 13 years. Erick Ellstrom founded the Miss Elam Plus team in 1994 but it wasn’t until 2001 that he was ready to take the boat on the entire circuit. The team won five races The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • through the 2004 season but took off after Villwock joined the team in 2005. The Ellstrom Family’s 20 career wins places it seventh all-time among Unlimited owners and No. 1 among active teams. U-100 LELAND RACING Driver Name: Greg Hopp, Snohomish, Wash. (0 wins) Rookie Year: 1999 Victories at Madison: 0 2009 High Point Finish: Fifth (4,251 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Owner Name: Fred Leland, Kirkland, Wash. (17 wins) Team: Leland Racing Founded: 1982 Victories at Madison: 1 (1999) 2009 High Point Finish: Seventh (4,251 points) 2009 Wins: 0 Boat Greg Hopp Homeport: Seattle, Wash. Te a m M a n a g e r : J i m Harvey, Seattle, Wash. (5 wins) Crew Chief: Curt Tavener, Seattle, Wash. (1 win) Built: 1998 (4 wins) Colors: Magenta and Black Designer/Builder: Leland Unlimited 23 Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Victories at Madison: 1 (1999) ——— Greg Hopp has long been considered the best driver to not win a race on the circuit. Entering his 12th season, he has nine podium finishes but none since 2004 while driving for a team that has slipped behind the level of the rest of the playing field. Hopp began his Unlimited career in 1999 driving a boat co-owned by he and his father Jerry Hopp. After the season, the younger Hopp was hired by Fred Leland to replace the legendary Chip Hanauer at the wheel of the U-100 and he has been with the team ever since. While Unlimited success has eluded him, Hopp has known nothing but good times at the Unlimited Lights level. With 20 career wins, he is the winningest driver in Lights history and he and his father won five National High Point Championships between 2003 and 2008. Owner Fred Leland has been running hydros since 1982 but for 10 years, he ran almost exclusively on the west coast. In the early 1990s, Leland went national and along with driver Dave Villwock, won the 1996 National Championship. After Villwock left for the rival Miss Budweiser team, drivers Mark Evans and Hanauer kept the good times rolling, giving Leland 17 career wins, good for ninth all-time. Last season, Leland hooked up with former Unlimited owner and crew chief Jim Harvey and it is Harvey who is now in charge of the team’s on-water success. • (Editor’s Note: Information compiled by Madison Courier Staff Writer David Campbell) Good Luck Miss Madison Short Stay Program in our Transitional Care Unit RACE ON OVER • 16 Private Suits • Private Bathrooms & Walk in Showers • Electric Hospital Beds • Flat Screen TV’s • Transportation to Physicians Appointments • Physical, Occupation, and Speech Therapy • 1100 SQ. FT. 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The change is the result of a sponsorship agreement between the Ellstrom Family and the Qatar Marine Sports Federation. The new paint job conforms the former Miss Elam Plus to the colors of the QMSF’s other two boats, both of which run in the offshore series. The Unlimiteds will race in Qatar this November for the second-straight year. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell, above, and artist’s conception by designer Craig Montgomery courtesy H1 Unlimited, left) • Great Steaks! • Famous All-You-Can• Delicious chicken & Eat Buffet & Dessert Seafood Dinners Bar • Senior Discounts • Carry Out Available Call ahead to get our famous CHICKEN WINGS to go! 327 Clifty Drive, Madison • On the Hilltop 265-2055 WE’RE OPEN: SUN.-THURS. 11AM-9PM; FRI. & SAT. 11AM-9:30PM Saturday, June 26, 2010 Madison Regatta The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. â€˘ 25 26 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 Now recuperated from near-fatal Madison crash, Theoret ready to get back into the ‘right’ cockpit By DAVID CAMPBELL A Courier Staff Writer s far as boat racing accidents go, the one that nearly killed Jean Theoret was fairly routine. Speeding into turn one at the start of the heat, Theoret’s boat hit a roller, went in the air and landed upside down. A veteran of many accidents in his day — for better or for worse — Theoret is an old hat at getting out of trouble. A “routine” accident requires a “routine” response. “I remember everything. I wasn’t injured at all,” Theoret said last week from his Maple Valley, Quebec, home. “I took the steering wheel off, waited for the cockpit to fill full of water and waited for the rescue crews to get there. If I had known that the air mask was broken, I would have come up with a different plan to get out of there.” The broken air mask proved to be the difference. By the time Theoret realized what was wrong, it was too late. “It was all routine until my mask filled up with water,” Theoret said. “I took two gulps and I was drowned.” This year’s 60th-running of the Indiana Governor’s Cup will mark the one-year anniversary of one of the worst accidents in the race’s history. Only Steve Reynolds’ wreck aboard the Cellular One in 1987, a wreck that left him in a coma for three weeks, therapy for months and ended his driving career, trumps Theoret’s. The wreck aboard the U-37 Miss Bello’s Pizza eventually sent Theoret to the hospital where he spent the next several days under observation. But by the next weekend, he was out of the hospital and in Detroit where he was cheering on his fellow racers. It could have been much worse. Along with immediate death, doctors initially feared that Theoret might have an infection in his lungs from ingesting Ohio River water. For many, it was thought that his racing career was over. “I feel great. I have absolutely no problems whatsoever,” Theoret said. “The doctors felt like it would take me a year to fully recuperate, but I was able to get back early enough to drive.” J.W. Myers drove the U-37 Shumacher Racing at Detroit, Tri-Cities and Seattle, but Theoret was back at the helm for the final two races in Evansville. He showed no signs of rust, finishing fourth in the season-ending race in Doha, Qatar. As it turns out, that race in Doha was Theoret’s last with the team. In mid-January, Theoret and the team parted ways amicably after combining for five wins in five seasons. While it was widely reported at the time that Theoret had retired, he made it clear that he is anything but done with racing. While he doesn’t have a ride for the 2010 season, he is hopeful of hooking up with a team next season. But Theoret also made it clear that he is in it to win it. The winningest driver at the Grand Prix level, he made an immediate impact when he jumped to the Unlimited ranks in 2005. It was the inability to maintain that success that prompted him to walk away from the U-37. “I’m not just a participant. I’m a full-blown competitor and I want to win,” Theoret said. “We lost the Beacon Plumbing sponsorship (after the 2008 season) and financially, we did not have the funds to succeed. The 2009 season was a very difficult one for the team and with no sponsorship for 2010, I didn’t like that. It’s nothing personal with the team. I know where they are coming from and what they had to work with, but it was something that I needed to do and they understood that.” Theoret doesn’t plan on just staying in his living room hoping that the phone will ring. He will attend both the races in Detroit and Tri-Cities to do a little networking and to keep his name in the conversation. “I’ll keep in the loop and get some face time with the owners and let them know I’m available,” Theoret said. “And hopefully, in 2011, I’ll be in a boat.” In the meantime, Theoret will remain hard at work at his excavating company in the Montreal area and look forward to the chance to climb into an Unlimited once again. “I feel very blessed with everything that has happened,” he said. “I have come a long way.” Driver Jean Theoret (above), a photo sequence of his near-fatal crash at Madison in 2009 (right) and safety and rescue personnel transferring Theoret to an ambulance (below) while continuing to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in an effort to revive the injured driver. (Courier file photos by Mark Campbell) Saturday, June 26, 2010 2010 LUCAS OIL INDIANA GOVERNOR’S CUP RACE SCHEDULE ( All times subject to change) Friday, July 2 10:30 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies 10:40 a.m.–4 p.m. — Pit Tours 11 a.m. — Unlimited Testing 1 p.m. — Unlimited Testing 2:30-5 p.m. — “Pole Position” Unlimited Qualifying 5:15 p.m. — Fastest Qualiﬁer Award Ceremony Saturday, July 3 8:45-10 a.m. — Grand National/National Modiﬁeds Qualifying 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — Pit Tours 10:30 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies 10:45-11 a.m. — Air Show 11 a.m.-Noon — Unlimited Testing 12:15-12:45 p.m. — Unlimited Drivers Autograph Session 1:15 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 1A 1:45 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 1B 2:15 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 1C 2:45 p.m. — Grand National/National Modiﬁeds Heats 3-4 p.m. — Pit Tours 4-5 p.m. — Unlimited Testing Sunday, July 4 8 a.m. — Grand National/National Modiﬁeds Heat 9:30 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies 10-10:20 a.m. — Air Show 10:30 a.m. — Unlimited Testing 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Unlimited Drivers Autograph Session 1 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 2A 1:20 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 2B 1:40 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 2C 2:40 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 3A 3 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 3B 3:20 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 3C 3:30 p.m. — Grand National/National Modiﬁeds Final Heat 3:50-4:10 p.m. — Air Show 4:20 p.m. — Indiana Governor’s Cup Unlimited Final Heat 5:15 p.m. — Awards Presentation Madison Regatta The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 27 2009 RACE RESULTS & FINAL POINTS STANDINGS AMERICAN BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION* 2009 RACE RESULTS July 3-5 Madison Regatta Ohio River, Madison, Ind. 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 138.054 mph; 2. J. Michael Kelly, U-7 Graham Trucking, 136.515; 3. Steve David, U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 130.713; 4. Jeff Bernard, U-5 Formulaboats.com, 121.486; 5. Greg Hopp, U-100 Miss Shoreline Propellers, 118.434; Jimmy King, U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep, DNF. July 10-12 Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup Detroit River, Detroit, Mich. 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 141.239 mph; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 138.270; 3. Jeff Bernard, U-5 Formulaboats.com, 136.266; 4. J. Michael Kelly, U-7 Graham Trucking, 136.200; 5. Greg Hopp, U-100 Jarvis Painting, 66.094. July 24-26 Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup Columbia River, Pasco, Wash. 1. Steve David, U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 145.431 mph; 2. Jeff Bernard, U-5 FormulaBoats.com, 142.946; 3. J.W. Myers, U-37 Hoss Mortgage Investors, 142.570; 4. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 135.156; 5. Kip Brown, U-17 West Pasco Family Dental, 130.763; 6. Brian Perkins, U-48 Whirlpool Presents Albert Lee, 126.613; 7. Mike Webster, U-22 Matrix Systems Auto Finishes, 117.181. July 31-Aug. 2 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair Lake Washington, Seattle, Wash. 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 137.532 mph; 2. Jimmy King, U-3 Grandview on the Lake, 133.072; 3. J.W. Myers, U-37 Hoss Mortgage Investors, 130.322; 4. Jeff Bernard, U-5 Formulaboats.com, 128.574; 5. Kip Brown, U-17 USNW Express, 127.290; 6. Steve David, U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 126.703; 7. J. Michael Kelly, U-7 Graham Trucking, 121.131. Aug. 21-23 Thunder on the Ohio Ohio River, Evansville, Ind. 1. Jeff Bernard, U-5 Formulaboats.com, 140.395 mph; 2. J. Michael Kelly, U-7 Graham Trucking, 139.854; 3. Steve David, U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 138.092; 4. Greg Hopp, U-100 Mirage Boats, 131.808; 5. Ken Muscatel, U-25 Mister Home Loan; 6. Nate Brown, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 114.415; Jimmy King, U-3 Master Tire, DNF. Nov. 20-22 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship Doha Bay, Doha, Qatar 1. J. Michael Kelly, U-7 Graham Trucking, 136.347 mph; 2. Steve David, U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 133.548; 3. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 131.695; 4. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Peters & May, 122.866; Jeff Bernard, U-5 Formulaboats. com, DSQ; Nate Brown, U-17 Our Gang Racing, DNS. *-name changed to H1 Unlimited for 2009 season ﬁnale at Doha, Qatar, and for the 2010 season. 2009 ABRA POINTS STANDINGS BOATS Boat Points Back 1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto 7,970 — 2. U-16 Miss Elam Plus 7,735 -235 3. U-5 Formulaboats.com 7,564 -406 4. U-7 Graham Trucking 6,689 -1,281 5. U-37 Schumacher Racing 5,253 -2,717 6. U-17 Our Gang Racing 4,584 -3,386 7. U-100 Leland Racing 4,251 -3,719 8. U-48 Go Fast Turn Left 4,193 -3,777 9. U-3 Go3 Racing 3,926 -4,044 10. U-25 Superior Racing 2,201 -5,769 11. U-22 Webster Racing 1,789 -6,181 12. U-9 Jones Racing 421 -7,549 DRIVERS Boat Points Back 1. Steve David, U-1 7,970 — 2. Jeff Bernard, U-5 7,564 -406 3. Dave Villwock, U-16 7,471 -499 4. J. Michael Kelly, U-7 6,689 -1,281 5. Greg Hopp, U-100 4,251 -3,719 6. Brian Perkins, U-48 4,193 -3,777 7. Jimmy King, U-3 3,926 -4,044 8. Kip Brown, U-17 3,180 -4,790 9. J.W. Myers, U-37 2,970 -5000 10. Jean Theoret, U-37 2,243 -5,727 11. Ken Muscatel, U-25 2,201 -5,769 13. Nate Brown, U-17/U-16 1,668 -6,302 12. Mike Webster, U-22 1,564 -6,406 14. David Williams, U-9 421 -7,549 “WILD” BILL CANTRELL MEMORIAL RACE COURSE RECORDS* Record Speed Boat, Driver Year 2.5-mile Qualiﬁcation Lap 158.027 Miss Elam Plus, Dave Villwock 2007 2.5-mile Competition Lap 152.529 Miss Elam Plus, Dave Villwock 2009 7.5-mile Heat (3 laps) 149.286 U-16 Miss Elam Plus, Dave Villwock 2009 12.5-mile Heat (5 laps) 140.129 U-5 Formulaboats.com I, Jeff Bernard 2008 *— Records pertain only to the turbine restricted era which began in 2000. The all-time fastest lap at the Madison Regatta is 166.862 mph, set in 1993 by Miss Budweiser, driven by Chip Hanauer. — Compiled by Fred Farley, APBA Unlimited Historian 28 • The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 Rookies: Phipps, Zimmerman both experienced racers N COURIER STAFF REPORT early every year, at least one driver makes his debut in the Unlimited level. This year at Madison, there will be two. Cal Phipps and Jon Zimmerman will take their first competitive laps at the biggest level of boat-racing when they climb into their boats at this year’s Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup. Phipps will drive the U-13 Spirit of Detroit while Zimmerman will pilot the U-25 Superior Racing. Both drivers are veterans at the smaller levels and the chance to get into the big turbine-powered monsters is the highlight of their careers. For both, Madison will provide them their first real chances to air out an Unlimited. Both have tested their current boats but neither has been able to put together some serious laps. For Phipps, the opportunity to get into an Unlimited is a culmination of a long and storied career. The Sterling Heights, Mich. native has driven and won at nearly every level of inboard racing and took home the 2008 National Championship at the Grand National level. He has won seven national championships in other classes and has set world records in two different classes. “I am excited about having Cal drive this year. He has driven almost everything on the water and wins,” said U-13 owner Dave Bartush. “He has experience far beyond most rookies and the other teams will have something to respect. Cal brings both driving talent and mechanical skills to our team.” A custom painting professional by trade, Phipps won records at 5-Litre. In 2004, he missed a national championship at the 5-Litre level by 13 points after finishing twice at 2.5-Litre. “That number one is elusive,” Zimmerman said. The 45-year-old grew up in Burien, Wash. and has been around boat racing all of his life. He stared his career racing scale electric hydroplanes in 1991 and worked his way up from there. “I still have a 1/10th scale Vacationville that I try to race a couple of times a year as time permits,” Zimmerman said. 2010 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series rookies Jon Zimmerman of the U-25 Superior Racing (left) and Cal Phipps of the U-13 Spirit of Detroit. the last race he entered. Driving the G-10 Miss TiteflexFrazee Paints for former Miss Madison pilot Charley Wiggins, Phipps took home first place at San Diego. In 2008, Phipps got his first taste of the Unlimiteds when he took the U-13 for a test drive at Tri-Cities. His first timed lap came in at excess of 150 mph. “Driving an unlimited (hydroplane) for my home team represents everything that I have worked for,” Phipps said. “I want my name on the Gold Cup.” Like Phipps, Zimmerman comes from a long and storied run in the Limited ranks. He won four regional championships in the 2.5-Litre ranks and set four world It was while driving his 2.5-Litre craft that Zimmerman came into contact with famed boat builder Ron Jones Jr. Years later, Jones has now partnered with U-25 owner Ken Muscatel. “JR convinced Ken Muscatel to give me an opportunity in the U-25,” Zimmerman said. “I am very grateful to both Ron and Ken for the chance to pursue my dream.” Muscatel has driven an Unlimited hydroplane since 1990 and has shared his seat in the past, most notably with David Williams a few years ago. But the move to bring Zimmerman in is a chance for Muscatel to truly take over his team from an ownership position, although he still plans on suiting up from time to time. “I am not retiring from driving, but I think its time to see what it's like to manage the team from the shore and watch someone else drive the boat,” Muscatel said. The plan is for Zimmerman to drive at Madison and a few heats at Tri-Cities. Muscatel will take over at Detroit, Seattle, Doha and the other Tri-Cities heats. Grand Nationals, Modifieds bring auto speed, thunder T COURIER STAFF REPORT he whisper of the Unlimiteds turbine engines will be joined by the roar of automotive power when the National Modified and Grand National class of hydroplanes hit the water at this year’s Madison Regatta. The two classes of hydros are nearly identical and the average fan may have trouble telling them apart. But with the sounds of their engines bouncing off the valley walls, everybody will know when one hits the water. What follows is a small primer on the two classes and a breakdown on the boats that are expected to be in town. modified and can either run a maximum 308 cubic inch motor with alcohol and fuel injection or a 368 cubic inch motor on gasoline and a single four-barrel carburetor. Turbochargers and superchargers are prohibited. Grand National Hydro (Submitted Photo) National Modified driver Elizabth Wolfe in the NM-93 Desperado. National Modified With speeds that approach 140 mph, the National Modified class is a step up from the smaller Limited classes. Hulls must be a minimum of 19 feet long and weigh a minimum of 1,600 pounds. The engines are The Grand Nationals are one of the biggest and fastest of the Inboard classes. Speeds of up to 150 mph and 70-foot roostertails are not uncommon for these thunderboats boats. The hull must be a minimum of 20 feet long with a minimum weight of 2,000 pounds. Engines must be cast iron blocks with a maximum of 468 cubic inches — such as big block Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile engines — running on pump gas. GRAND NATIONAL & NATIONAL MODIFIED FLEET FOR MADISON NATIONAL MODIFIEDS NM-93 DESPERADO Driver: Elizabeth Wolfe, Crete, Ill. Owner: Dennis Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz. 2009 High Point Finish: 13th (233 points) NM-100 SUM TOY III Driver: Tom Newman, Columbus, Ohio Owner: Tom Newman, Columbus, Ohio 2009 High Point Finish: 21st (0 points) NM-116 ROCKSTAR Driver: Mike Movinski, Detroit, Mich. Owner: Mike Movinski, Detroit, Mich. 2009 High Point Finish: N/A NM-333 GOTCHA Driver: Jack Meyer, Louisville, Ky. Owner: Paul Yinger, Hillsboro, Ohio 2009 High Point Finish: 11th (270 points) NM-928 ILLUSION Driver: Ken Bowyer, Columbus, Ohio Owner: Ken Bowyer, Columbus, Ohio 2009 High Point Finsh: 21st (0 points) GRAND NATIONAL GH-6 SHOWTIME RACING Driver: Patrick Sankauer Jr., New Baltimore, Mich. Owner: Patrick Sankauer Jr., New Baltimore, Mich. 2009 High Point Finish: First (325 points) 2009 High Point Finish: Second (243 points) GH-8 DEEL ME Driver: Jimmy Deel, Worthington, Ohio Owner: Jimmy Deel, Worthington, Ohio 2009 High Point Finish: Fifth (100 points) GH-83 BLUE MULE III Driver: Tony Stalder, Milford, Ohio Owner: Tony Stalder, Milford, Ohio 2009 High Point Finish: N/A GH-33 THE TENNESSEAN Driver: TBA Owners: Joe Marshall, Knoxville, Tenn. and Alex Findlow, Cincinnati, Ohio 2009 High Point Finish: Sixth (40 points) GH-317 THE IRISHMAN Driver: Steve Kuhn Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio Owner: Steve Kuhn Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio 2009 High Point Finish: Fourth (135 points) GH-52 WANNA BEE RACING Driver: John Grigg Jr., Michigan Owner: John Grigg Jr., Michigan GH-515 ONE WAY RACING Driver: Cadi Reiss, Harrison Township, Mich. Owner: Eli Whitney, Harrison Township, Mich. 2009 High Point Finish: Third (185 points) Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • 29 Talented drivers in Limiteds could have future in H1 By DAVID CAMPBELL Courier Staff Writer Cal Phipps and Jon Zimmerman are just the latest in a series of drivers to make their Unlimited driving debuts in recent years. Since the 2003 season, J.W. Myers, J. Michael Kelly, Jeff Bernard, Brian Perkins, Kip Brown and Mike Webster, all highly-decorated drivers in Limited ranks, have graduated to the top level with varying degrees of success. But there are still more young drivers who could break through the glass ceiling to make their marks on the sport and several could be here before you know it. Here is a list of five highly-skilled drivers who could step into an Unlimited hydroplane within the next few years. Kayleigh Perkins The 21-year-old younger sister of current U-21 Miss Albert Lee driver Brian Perkins, Kayleigh has been getting her fair share of press over the past three years and for good reason. She is a tough competitor and a proven winner. The knock on Kayleigh has always been that she is not strong enough to handle the Kayleigh Perkins big Unlimiteds, but she has had more than her share of success at the UNLIMITED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS NATIONAL CHAMPION BOATS Year, boat, owner and wins in (parentheses) 1946—Tempo VI, Guy Lombardo (2) 1947—Miss Pepsi, Walt, Roy and Russell Dossin (6) 1948—Such Crust, Jack Schafer (2) 1949—My Sweetie, Dodge, Gregory and Schoenherr (7) 1950—My Sweetie, Horace Dodge Jr. 1951—Miss Pepsi, Walt and Roy Dossin (5) 1952—Miss Pepsi, Walt and Roy Dossin (3) 1953—Gale II, Joe Schoenith (1) 1954—Gale V, Joe Schoenith (4) 1955—Gale V, Joe Schoenith (1) 1956—Shanty I, Bill Waggoner (3) 1957—Hawaii Kai III, Edgar Kaiser (5) 1958—Miss Bardahl, Ole Bardahl (4) 1959—Maverick, Bill Waggoner (5) 1960—Miss Thriftway, Willard Rhodes (4) 1961—Miss Century 21, Willard Rhodes (4) 1962—Miss Century 21, Willard Rhodes (5) 1963—Miss Bardahl, Ole Bardahl (3) 1964—Miss Bardahl, Ole Bardahl (4) 1965—Miss Bardahl, Ole Bardahl (4) 1966—Tahoe Miss, Bill Harrah (4) 1967—Miss Bardahl, Ole Bardahl (6) 1968—Miss Bardahl, Ole Bardahl (4) 1969—Miss Budweiser, Little and Friedkin (4) 1970—Miss Budweiser, Little and Friedkin (4) 1971—Miss Budweiser, Little and Friedkin (2) 1972—Atlas Van Lines, Joe Schoenith (6) 1973—Pay ‘n Pak, Dave Heerensperger (4) 1974—Pay ‘n Pak, Dave Heerensperger (7) 1975—Pay ‘n Pak, Dave Heerensperger (5) 1976—Atlas Van Lines, Bill Muncey (5) 1977—Miss Budwesier, Bernie Little (3) 1978—Atlas Van Lines, Bill Muncey (6) 1979—Atlas Van Lines, Bill Muncey (7) 1980—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (5) 1981—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (6) 1982—Atlas Van Lines, Fran Muncey (5) 1983—Atlas Van Lines, Fran Muncey and Jim Lucero (3) 1984—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (6) 1985—Miller American, Fran Muncey and Jim Lucero (5) 1986—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (3) 1987—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (5) 1988—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (4) 1989—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (4) 1990—Miss Circus Circus, Bill Bennett (6) 1991—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (4) 1992—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (7) 1993—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (7) 1994—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (4) 1995—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (5) 1996—PICO American Dream, Fred Leland (6) 1997—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (5) 1998—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (8) 1999—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (6) 2000—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (6) 2001—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (1) 2002—Miss Budweiser, Bernie Little (3) 2003—Miss Budweiser, Joe Little (2) 2004—Miss Budweiser, Joe Little (2) 2005—Miss Elam Plus, Ellstrom Family (3) 2006—Formulaboats.com II, Ted Porter (1) 2007—Miss Elam Plus, Ellstrom Family (4) 2008—Oh Boy! Oberto, City of Madison (1) 2009—Oh Boy! Oberto, City of Madison (1) NATIONAL CHAMPION DRIVERS Year, Driver, Boat wins in (parenthesis) 1946—Guy Lombardo, Tempo VI (2) 1947—Danny Foster, Miss Pepsi (6) 1948—Dan Arena, Such Crust (2) 1949—Bill Cantrell, My Sweetie (7) 1950—Danny Foster, Such Crust/Delphine X (2) 1951—Chuck Thompson, Miss Pepsi (5) 1952—Chuck Thompson, Miss Pepsi (3) 1953—Lee Schoenith, Gale II (1) 1954—Lee Schoenith, Gale V (4) 1955—Lee Schoenith, Gale V/Wha Hoppen Too (1) 1956—Russ Schleeh, Shanty I (3) 1957—Jack Regas, Hawaii Kai III (5) 1958—Mira Slovak, Miss Bardahl/Miss Burien (3) 1959—Bill Stead, Maverick (5) 1960—Bill Muncey, Miss Thriftway (4) 1961—Bill Muncey, Miss Century 21 (4) 1962—Bill Muncey, Miss Century 21 (5) 1963—Bill Cantrell, Gale V (0) 1964—Ron Musson, Miss Bardahl (4) 1965—Ron Musson, Miss Bardahl (4) 1966—Mira Slovak, Tahoe Miss (4) 1967—Billy Schumacher, Miss Bardahl (6) 1968—Billy Schumacher, Miss Bardahl (4) 1969—Bill Sterrett, Miss Budweiser (4) 1970—Dean Chenoweth, Miss Budweiser (4) 1971—Dean Chenoweth, Miss Budweiser (2) 1972—Bill Muncey, Atlas Van Lines (6) 1973—Mickey Remund, Pay ‘n Pak (4) 1974—George Henley, Pay ‘n Pak (7) 1975—Billy Schumacher, Weisfield’s (2) 1976—Bill Muncey, Atlas Van Lines/Ms. Everett (2) 1977—Mickey Remund, Miss Budweiser (3) 1978—Bill Muncey, Atlas Van Lines (6) 1979—Bill Muncey, Atlas Van Lines (7) 1980—Dean Chenoweth, Miss Budweiser (5) 1981—Dean Chenoweth, Miss Budweiser (6) 1982—Chip Hanauer, Atlas Van Lines (5) 1983—Chip Hanauer, Atlas Van Lines (3) 1984—Jim Kropfeld, Miss Budweiser (6) 1985—Chip Hanauer, Miller American (5) 1986—Jim Kropfeld, Miss Budweiser (3) 1987—Jim Kropfeld, Miss Budweiser (5) 1988—Tom D’Eath, Miss Budweiser (4) 1989—Chip Hanauer, Miss Circus Circus (3) 1990—Chip Hanauer, Miss Circus Circus (6) 1991—Mark Tate, Winston Eagle/Oh Boy! Oberto (3) 1992—Chip Hanauer, Miss Budweiser (7) 1993—Chip Hanauer, Miss Budweiser (7) 1994—Mark Tate, Smokin’ Joe’s (2) 1995—Mark Tate, Smokin’ Joe’s (4) 1996—Dave Villwock, PICO American Dream (6) 1997—Mark Tate, Close Call (1) 1998—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (8) 1999—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (6) 2000—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (6) 2001—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (1) 2002—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (3) 2003—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (2) 2004—Dave Villwock, Miss Budweiser (2) 2005—Steve David, Oh Boy! Oberto (1) 2006—Steve David, Oh Boy! Oberto (0) 2007—Dave Villwock, Miss Elam Plus (4) 2008—Steve David, Oh Boy! Oberto (1) 2009—Steve David, Oh Boy! Oberto (1) Unlimited Lights level. Perkins, a native of Black Diamond, Wash., won the 2007 Unlimited Lights Hydroplane Racing Association National Championship when she was just 19-years-old and last year she won an ULHRA record five-straight races to open the season while cruising to her second drivers title in three years. Her nine career wins are fourth all-time in ULHRA history, 11 behind all-time leader Greg Hopp. The Lights are roughly six feet shorter and two feet narrower than an Unlimited and weigh 3,000 pounds less but the boats are otherwise very similar. Several drivers have made successful jumps from the Lights to the Unlimiteds including Mark Weber, Mike Weber, George Stratton and Brian Perkins. Brandon Kennedy Before he was legally old enough to drive to a race, Brandon Kennedy was already winning hydroplane races. In 2008, Kennedy became the youngest person ever inducted into the American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions when he earned the honor at the age of 15. Since his debut, the native of Bear, Del., has dominated the 1.5-Litre circuit. He was the High Point champion in the division in 2007 and won both the Summer Nationals and Eastern Divisional race in 2008. Last season, he was both the Eastern and North American champion. Dan Kanfoush A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Kanfoush has been a champion at both the 1-Litre and 2.5-Litre classes. Kanfoush had a terrific run in the 2.5-Litre Over 200 Scents class, winning three-straight High Points championships including a dominating run in 2006 when he did not lose a single heat en route to the title. In 2007, Kanfoush moved to the 1-Litre class and has been just as dominate. He won the Eastern, Western, North American and World titles in 2008 and the Eastern, Western and Summer Nationals last season. In 2008, he set the 1-Litre straight-away speed record over one kilometer with a scorching run of 111.634 mph. Marty & Elizabeth Wolfe A veteran National Modified and Grand Prix driver, Marty Wolfe has won several championships at both levels. He was the 2007 National Mod champion and won the Grand Prix titles in 2008 and 2009. Wolfe is not the only driver in his family. His sister Elizabeth Wolfe is a accomplished pilot on her own and finished Elizabeth Wolfe second to Kayleigh Perkins in the Unlimited Lights season opener a year ago — the first time females occupied the top two positions on the podium in that class. Elizabeth Wolfe is expected to compete here at Madison in Marty Wolfe the National Modified class. 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Madison Regatta Saturday, June 26, 2010 Boat racing lost a ‘hell of a guy’ in promising Bryant By DAVID CAMPBELL W Courier Staff Writer hen David Bryant was hired by the U-10 USA Racing Partners team in 2007, crew chief Matt Gregory promised the media that his new driver was going to be an instant success. “He’s a hell of a guy,” Gregory said. “Trust me, you’re going to love him.” It didn’t take long for Gregory’s statement to ring true. With the Madison Regatta ground to a halt due to heavy debris in the Ohio River, the then 40-yearold rookie spent hours in the blazing July heat entertaining fans who were allowed into the pits. Just three years later, Bryant’s career and life tragically ended when he was killed in a boat racing accident while competing in an event in Taree, Australia, on April 4. Driving a boat called She’s The Culprit, an Alcohol Division open cockpit craft, Bryant crashed at 135 miles per hour and was ejected from the seat, suffering fatal injuries. He died a short time later in the hospital. The untimely death not only brought to an end the career of one of the promising newcomers in the sport, but also ended the life of a driver who was quickly becoming a fan favorite of many. A successful Pro Stock and Super Stock driver on the American Power Boat Association circuit, Bryant was a 15-year boat racing veteran and had won the U.S. Super Stock Racing Association Series championship in 2002, 2006 and 2007 when he got the call to drive the big Unlimiteds. U-10 owner Kim Gregory saw in Bryant the stuff of a champion and hired him to take over his team, although Bryant had very little exposure to the much bigger boats. He took his shakedown laps in Evansville in 2007 and a week later, he was in Madison. With each lap, he grew more and more confident and it showed. “I like this course. It has sharp turns and you can really hang it in there,” Bryant said after his first test runs at Madison. “I haven’t had any trouble getting through them. Of course, I haven’t been in there with other boats yet,” he added with a laugh. “They told me I could run inside (during the final) and I said I wanted no part of that,” he said. By the time he reached Seattle, he was more than willing to mix it up with the big boys. It was at the Chevrolet Cup that Bryant had the highlight of his career, dueling with Steve David and the Oh Boy! Oberto/ Miss Madison in the final heat for five laps before being just nipped at the wire. Bryant was just starting to come into his own in 2008 when tragedy struck the U-10 family. Kim Gregory, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early August, died less than three weeks later. Shortly thereafter, the team shut down operations and Bryant did not race again at the Unlimited level. But the U-10 team had not dissolved and the group remained close. Matt Gregory, Kim’s son and Bryant’s close friend, wrote a fitting eulogy to the fallen driver on his Facebook page shortly after the news of his death broke. “I can’t begin to express what has happened in the last two days! We have lost the TRUE champion within our group on and off the race track,” wrote Gregory. “Davey B, you were my hero ... my best friend and my mentor! You taught me to have more fun in life and were my rock through the loss of my old man! I love ya big D!! I know in my heart that the whole crew is together now! I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say goodbye buddy. God Speed DB.” ——— David Bryant broke into Unlimited hydroplane racing as a 40-year-old rookie with the U-10 USA Racing Partners in 2007 (right) and was an immediate hit with race fans. When heavy debris in the Ohio River halted racing that season, Bryant spent hours greeting and entertaining race fans who were allowed to tour the pits Madison (below). (Courier file photos by Mark Campbell) ——— Madison Regatta The Madison Courier, Madison, Ind. • Madison Regatta Indiana Governor’s Cup Saturday, June 26, 2010 Year 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971* 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979* 1980* 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Boat Hornet Wildcatter Wildcatter Gale IV Tempo VII Miss U.S. I Hawaii Kai III Miss U.S. I Hawaii Kai III Miss Thriftway Miss Century 21 Miss Century 21 Miss Exhide Tahoe Miss Tahoe Miss Tahoe Miss Miss Bardahl Miss Bardahl Myr’s Special Miss Budweiser Miss Madison Atlas Van Lines Pay ‘N Pak Pay ‘N Pak Pay ‘N Pak Atlas Van Lines Miss Budweiser Atlas Van Lines Atlas Van Lines Miss Budweiser Miss Budweiser Squire Shop Miss Budweiser Atlas Van Lines Miss 7-Eleven Miller American Miss Budweiser Mr. Pringle’s Miss Budweiser Miss Circus Circus American Spirit Miss Budweiser Miss Budweiser Miss Budweiser Smokin’ Joe’s Smokin’ Joe’s Miss Budweiser Miss Budweiser Miss Pico Miss Budweiser Oh Boy! Oberto Miss Elam Plus Miss Budweiser Miss Budweiser Miss Elam Plus Miss Elam Plus Miss Elam Plus Formulaboats.com Miss Elam Plus Boat Driver Marion Cooper Burnett Bartley Burnett Bartley Bill Cantrell Danny Foster Fred Alter Jack Regas Don Wilson Ron Musson Bill Muncey Bill Muncey Bill Muncey Bill Brow Chuck Thompson Chuck Thompson Mira Slovak Billy Schumacher Billy Schumacher Dean Chenoweth Dean Chenoweth Jim McCormick Bill Muncey Mickey Remund George Henley George Henley Bill Muncey Mickey Remund Bill Muncey Bill Muncey Dean Chenoweth Dean Chenoweth Tom D’Eath Jim Kropfeld Chip Hanauer Steve Reynolds Chip Hanauer Jim Kropfeld Scott Pierce Jim Kropfeld Chip Hanauer Mark Evans Chip Hanauer Chip Hanauer Chip Hanauer Mark Tate Mark Tate Dave Villwock Dave Villwock Chip Hanauer Dave Villwock Steve David Nate Brown Dave Villwock Dave Villwock J.W. Myers Dave Villwock Dave Villwock Jeff Bernard Dave Villwock Boat Owner Marion Cooper Burnett Bartley Burnett Bartley Joe Schoenith Guy Lombardo George Simon Edgar Kaiser George Simon Joe Masdcari Willard Rhodes Willard Rhodes Willard Rhodes Milo & Glen Stoen Bill Harrah Bill Harrah Bill Harrah Ole Bardahl Ole Bardahl Joe Schoenith Little & Friedkin City of Madison Joe Schoenith Dave Heerensperger Dave Heerensperger Dave Heerensperger Bill Muncey Bernie Little Bill Muncey Bill Muncey Bernie Little Bernie Little Bob Steil Bernie Little Muncey & Lucero Steve Woomer Fran Muncey Bernie Little Bill Wurster, Sr. Bernie Little William Bennett Ron Jones, Jr. Bernie Little Bernie Little Bernie Little Steve Woomer Steve Woomer Bernie Little Bernie Little Fred Leland Bernie Little City of Madison Sven Ellstrom Joe Little Joe Little Sven Ellstrom Sven Ellstrom Sven Ellstrom Ted Porter Sven Ellstrom Average Speed 65.886 70.866 71.599 91.556 92.783 86.963 106.061 96.171 102.939 103.577 103.965 103.138 106.754 105.754 105.303 97.790 97.081 101.016 96.131 95.761 98.043 99.539 105.024 107.681 103.009 104.912 106.424 109.409 107.703 106.932 112.219 108.368 113.770 121.358 110.858 122.355 116.306 122.785 114.274 126.992 119.453 145.592 131.399 144.695 136.500 145.573 137.388 140.730 137.686 132.801 130.074 138.862 134.083 130.021 135.245 N/A** 139.641 140.129 138.054 * APBA Gold Cup was also contested Regatta Queen Ann Shirley Gillock Darlene Schiebel Jean Fields Judy Bowers Jane Olmstead Richard Davidson Jolanda Reeves Debbie Hall Kay Camenisch Janice Buckner Sarah Kay Kittle Candy Combs Wilburta Beekman Carol Eggeman Carla Miller Ann Miller Marti Sallee Elaine Robinson Sharon Koerner Patrice Buher Lisa Smith Gretta Smith Angie Hawk Marie Zarceno Marsha Persinger Rhonda Snell Denessa Purvis Beth Tingle Sonja Arbuckle Jeanette McCreary Jeana Powell Millie Corbin Kelly Perkins Teresa Liter Donnemarie Firth Amy Wickersham Danielle Taylor Dee Ann Patton Michelle Childress Laura O’Neal Stacie Laker Jennifer George Sarah Oak Kristen Johnson Stacy Hoehle Donatta Taylor Sarah Barringer Tawnie Jackson Amanda Lee Annamarie Elmer Alex Burgin Regatta President Wiley Riedel Nelson Boicourt Nelson Boicourt Nelson Boicourt Bill Kasper Bob Snelling Lyman Armstrong Lyman Armstrong Bill Schnabel Bob Snelling Richard Heck Horace Volz Richard Cox Leonard Kitley Leonard Kitley Bob Perry Lou Owens Boyd McClung Lou Knoble Vern Reindollar Don Wallis Jack Ice Wilbur Heitz Jack Hereford John Knoebel Dick Craft Bob Snelling Charles J. 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