HPROP: Dave Villwock stays with Miss Budweiser

Champion driver & team manager A new generation of ownership takes over for the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane tour but the team and driver remain constant as Dave Villwock returns to pilot the Miss Budweiser for his seventh consecutive ...

Champion driver & team manager

A new generation of ownership takes over for the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane tour but the team and driver remain constant as Dave Villwock returns to pilot the Miss Budweiser for his seventh consecutive season. Villwock also continues as the team manager.

As driver, Villwock is the most successful active driver in the sport. He looks to extend the teams' success of (134), most championships (22) and most APBA Gold Cups (14). With 36 career victories, five APBA Gold Cups and six series titles of his own, Villwock is already one of the most successful drivers in Unlimited hydroplane tour history.

As team manager, Villwock works year round to pull together the team, equipment and plans to keep Miss Budweiser out front of the competition.

"We have more than 286 combined years of experience on the Miss Budweiser team," said Villwock. "We have solid and consistent experience and my job is to make sure we stay focused on offense and continue to be successful."

Since joining the team prior to the 1997 season, Villwock has delivered on both counts as Miss Budweiser has claimed 30 wins, four APBA Gold Cups and six championships to bring the total to a record 22 series championships.

During his sixth season with the famed Miss Budweiser team, Villwock soared winning three of six races (Evansville, Detroit, Seattle). He placed first in 14 of 28 heats for the season and set two Hydro-Prop fast lap records (141.961 mph at Seafair in Seattle and a 153.964 in San Diego).

Villwock came to the Miss Budweiser after earning the UHRA championship in the Pico American Dream in 1996. En route to the championship, he won races at Phoenix, Detroit, Evansville, Ind., Tri-Cities, Wash., Seattle and Kelowna, B.C.

Making his unlimited debut in 1992, Villwock won the first race he entered at San Diego's historic Mission Bay. Villwock's second and third race wins came in 1994 at Seattle and San Diego. He entered the 1998 season with 13 career wins and two APBA Gold Cups to his credit.

In addition to his success on the unlimited circuit, Villwock has also established himself in Inboard hydroplane competition. He has won American Power Boat Association (APBA) Inboard (automotive powered) titles six times and set eight world records, some of which are still standing.

Villwock first joined the Unlimited series as team manager of the world champion Circus Circus team in 1990. He piloted the two-wing Circus Circus in 1993. Armed with a strong technical background, Villwock has extensive knowledge of propellers, race boat set-up, hull structure, design and fabrication. A native of the Seattle area, Villwock lives in Auburn, Wash. with his wife, Pam.

Villwock Career Highlights

2002 Extended his career victories to 39 by winning three of six races for the season including the famed Gold Cup race, making it his fifth. In Seattle, Villwock won every heat and the final race for a sweep at Sea Fair. In San Diego, he secured his sixth championship and the 22nd World Championship for the Miss Budweiser team.

2001 Won his sixth consecutive race in Evansville making that his 36th win in his illustrious career. Villwock wins his fifth national championship.

2000 Won six of seven races including the APBA Gold Cup. Earned his fourth national driver's championship and secured Miss Budweiser's 20th world championship. Became the most successful driver in Miss Budweiser's history and set a record for ten consecutive wins.

1999 Piloted Miss Budweiser to eight victories, including the last six races in a row. Tied the record for victories in a season (8) for the second year in a row. Claimed his third UHRA National Driver Championship. Set a new world speed record in San Diego with a 2.5 mile qualification lap speed of 173.384.

1998 Returned to competition in the Miss Budweiser, winning eight races, including his third APBA Gold Cup. Claimed his second UHRA National Driver Championship. Inducted into APBA Hall of Champions.

1997 Drove Miss Budweiser to victory the first four races of the season, including the APBA Gold Cup, before injuring his right hand in an accident at Tri Cities.

1996 Won UHRA National Driver Championship piloting the PICO American Dream. Winner of six races en route to the title: Phoenix, Detroit, Evansville, Ind., Tri-Cities, Wash., Seattle and Kelowna, B.C. Villwock's victory at Detroit was his first APBA Gold Cup win. Earned top qualifier honors at Tri-Cities, Wash., Seattle and San Diego. Villwock won 71% of 1996 total heats and finished first or second 92 percent of the time.

1994 He won two straight races in Seattle, Wash. and San Diego, Calif. Became the second fastest qualifier in six of eight National races and was the top qualifier at San Diego at 166.027 miles per hour. Placed first or second in 83 percent of heats finished.

1993 Signed as driver of the new Circus Circus team. Tested new design, propeller program and other innovations.

1992 Earned victory in his Unlimited Hydroplane debut at San Diego, Calif.

1990 Won the National Championship as team manager of the Circus Circus team with driver Chip Hanauer. Hanauer recorded the fastest lap in San Diego at 168.181 miles per hour.

1989 Joined the Circus Circus team as team manager. The Circus Circus became the first Unlimited Hydroplane to exceed 150 miles per hour on a two-mile course and set a world speed record with a qualifying lap of 158.870 miles per hour on a 2.5-mile course. Driver Chip Hanauer won the driver's championship.

1988 Villwock set his seventh and eighth world speed records and won the Western Division Championship for the six-liter hydroplane class. Also won Western Division Championship in the Super Stock Runabout Class. Named team manager for Circus Circus Unlimited Racing team with driver Chip Hanauer.

1987 Won the APBA National High Point Championship in the six-liter hydroplane class and the Region Ten Grand Prix Championship in the seven-liter class. Received the "Boren Memorial" Award for outstanding driver at St. Petersburg, Fla. (Villwock was undefeated at that race).

1986 Set sixth world speed record in the Super Stock Runabout Class.

1984 Won the APBA National Super Stock Runabout Championship and set his fifth world speed record. He also won the APBA Ski Runabout National Championship and the Pro Competition Runabout National Championship. Awarded the "Dickie Webb" Memorial Award for outstanding driver at the race in St. Petersburg, Fla. Inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions.

1979- Set four world speed records in E Racing Runabout class.

1982

1975 Won APBA National Championship, High Point Championship and Western Division Championship in Cracker Box class.

1974 Won APBA National Championship, High Point Championship and Western Division Championship in Cracker Box class.

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