HPROP: Unlimited Hydroplanes safety initiative

Hydro-Prop continues safety initiative for Unlimited Hydroplanes. Ellstrom Manufacturing sponsor Safety Boat. (Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - In their continued efforts to improve the safety of Unlimited Hydroplane racing, Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced...

Hydro-Prop continues safety initiative for Unlimited Hydroplanes.
Ellstrom Manufacturing sponsor Safety Boat.

(Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - In their continued efforts to improve the safety of Unlimited Hydroplane racing, Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today that Sven and Erick Ellstrom of Ellstrom Manufacturing have sponsored a rescue boat for the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Presented by Boat Shopper® magazine. The 21-foot Northwest Jet Signature Series Rescue boat will sport the colors of Ellstrom Manufacturing and will travel to each Hydros race this season.

"Sven and Erick Ellstrom have been actively involved in Unlimited Hydroplane racing for numerous years," said Bart Garbrecht, CEO of Hydro-Prop. "They both wanted to show their appreciation for the sport and its participants by sponsoring this rescue boat. Their support of Unlimited Hydroplanes has been outstanding over the years and this is just another example of their commitment."

"Erick Ellstrom wanted to do something that would reflect his father's life-long interest and support for Unlimited Hydroplane racing," continued Garbrecht. "After a strong second place finish last year with the U-16 Miss Elam Plus, the Ellstrom's have already had an impact on this season with this rescue boat. Safety has always been a concern of Sven during his career with Hydros and it looks like that will continue for many years with his sons' efforts."

"The 2002 season will be remembered as one of its greatest from a competitive standpoint, but it also will be remembered as one of the greatest from a safety standpoint," said Don Pierce, Director of Rescue from Hydro-Prop. "Each year Hydro-Prop attempts to provide the safest environment for its participants and adding key elements such as a rescue boat is integral to that initiative. Hydro-Prop's commitment to safety was further enhanced last year with the addition of new equipment, new engines and two new personal watercrafts."

"Unlimited Hydroplane racing has been my father's passion for many decades," said Erick Ellstrom. "We have always supported the series and this was another way that we could get involved. Hydro-Prop has a proven rescue system that has worked well in the past, but you can always strive to make things better. As team owners, the safety of our drivers is the most important aspect of racing. Even though we hope the rescue boat is never used, if an accident does occur, we trust that our rescue boat will prove a benefit to the driver and the series."

Hydro-Prop travels to each Hydros race with an assortment of safety equipment. Besides the trucks that contain all the rescue tools, Hydro-Prop brings a trailer with rescue boats and personal watercrafts. The Hydro-Prop safety team includes professionally trained individuals who travel to every race. In addition, Hydro-Prop also works directly with local race resources including the Fire Department, Police Department and EMS.

The Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Presented by Boat Shopper® magazine begins June 19-22 with the Detroit APBA Gold Cup.

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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