HPROP: Rule changes announced

Hydro-Prop announces rule changes for Unlimited Hydroplane season Preliminary heats extended & provisional heat winner gets front row (Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today two rule changes for the upcoming 2003 Budweiser ...

Hydro-Prop announces rule changes for Unlimited Hydroplane season
Preliminary heats extended & provisional heat winner gets front row

(Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today two rule changes for the upcoming 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® magazine. These rule changes compliment their increased efforts over the past two years to increase parity and competition in the series.

Every year, Hydro-Prop management along with their Director of Competition gather to discuss possible rule changes that may contribute to producing more action packed and fan friendly Unlimited Hydroplane racing. This off-season, Hydro-Prop decided upon two rule changes that are beneficial to the drivers, teams and fans of Unlimited racing.

Hydro-Prop has decided to extend the preliminary heats to four laps instead of the customary three lap preliminary heats. The increase in one lap allows for more on-water racing action for the Unlimiteds. It also could provide more opportunities for jockeying for position and passing.

Another change for this season will be that the provisional heat winner will be granted a spot on the front row of the final instead of having to be the trailer boat. In the past, the provisional winner started the final race at least two full boat lengths behind the rest of the field. Over the past fifteen years, only one trailer boat was able to take the checkered flag for the win.

"We believe these rule changes will benefit the entire series and its fans," said Rick Sandstrom, Director of Competition for Hydro-Prop. "The extra lap in the preliminary heats will place more pressure on the crews but should allow for more exciting racing during each event. The fans will benefit from the extra racing as they watch these fascinating boats bounce along the water at over 200 miles per hour."

"In the past, the provisional heat winner basically did not have a realistic chance to win the final having to start so far behind the rest of the field," continued Sandstrom. "This rule change allows for an equal opportunity for the provisional boat to win the race as well as adding a little intrigue for the final. Hydro-Prop has made a commitment to increase competition among the Unlimiteds and these rule changes are another step to enhance parity in the series."

The Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Presented by Boat Shopper® magazine begins June 27-29 with the Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio at Evansville, Ind.

Headquartered in Lake Hamilton, Fla., HYDRO-PROP owns and operates the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Presented by Boat Shopper® magazine. Unlimited Hydroplanes are the most dramatic, exciting, and spectacular racing vehicles in the world. They are the largest and fastest racing boats reaching top speeds of 220 miles per hour and can cover the length of a football field in less than one second. HYDRO-PROP events are held throughout North America and are televised during prime time on SPEED Channel. SPEED Channel is the fastest growing sports network in America and is recognized as America's motorsports leader. For more information on HYDRO-PROP, visit www.hydroprop.com

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