John Gysin and Jim Harvey named committee heads (Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - In order to increase the communication among race sites and teams, Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today the formation of two executive committees. The Race Site Development ...
John Gysin and Jim Harvey named committee heads
(Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - In order to increase the communication among race sites and teams, Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today the formation of two executive committees. The Race Site Development Committee will be headed by John Gysin and will be responsible for the exploration and development of new race sites for Unlimited Hydroplane racing. The Owners Committee will be headed by Jim Harvey who will work closely with all the race teams and owners and will be responsible for communicating Hydro-Prop's agenda and policies. These committees were formed in the belief that an executive group of Unlimited Hydroplane participants will be able to better address any challenges facing the sport.
"In our continued efforts to grow the series and add race sites, we have decided to establish these two committees," said Gary Garbrecht, Chairman of Hydro-Prop. "Race sites and our team owners are instrumental to the success of Hydro-Prop and the series. We need to have on-going communications with these people and believe the formation of these committees will be beneficial to everyone associated with the series."
"We are fortunate to have John and Jim representing these new committees," continued Garbrecht. "These committees are indicative of the importance of focusing all our resources together to achieve a more comprehensive vision for the future. John and Jim have been an integral part of Unlimited Hydroplane racing for many years and I know they will bring the same enthusiasm and dedication to their new roles with the series."
John Gysin has been associated with Unlimited Hydroplane racing and the APBA Gold Cup for 35 years. He has been the Gold Cup Race Chairman since 1986 when he took over for Jack Love. He recently founded the Boat Racing Company, LLC., which is a logistics company that organizes boat races.
"In order to have a successful Unlimited Hydroplane Series, we need to have an adequate number of races," said John Gysin. "I have made it a commitment of mine to help Hydro-Prop with the search and development of possible future race venues. The formation of a race site development committee is a step in the right direction and I will do anything I can do to promote the sport. Hydro-Prop's race sites are a key asset and we all must be proactive in our efforts to strengthen the sport."
Jim Harvey began his Unlimited Hydroplane career 37 years ago as a crewmember on Bob Gilliam's Hilton Hy-Per-Lube. After almost twenty years as a member of multiple teams, Harvey decided to become an owner and formed Jim Harvey Motorsports. Since then, he has produced five Unlimited victories and will campaign this year with Terry Troxell driving the U-2 Miss Trendwest.
"Unlimited Hydroplane racing has been a passion of mine since 1966," said Jim Harvey. "As an owner, I have a direct interest in the success and the future of the sport. I believe in the efforts Hydro-Prop has made and hopes to make and look forward to helping as best I can. With this new position, I will act as a listening post and will gather ideas and suggestions and bring them to Hydro-Prop. Hopefully, this new channel of communications will bring added value to the entire racing family of teams, race sites and our governing body, Hydro-Prop. Our objective is to strengthen and support our existing race sites with improved competition and continue to develop new venues."
The Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio, Evansville, Indiana, the first race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® magazine, will be televised this weekend on SPEED Channel - Sunday, July 13 at 1:30 PM (EDT).
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