DETROIT, Aug. 24, 2003 -- The Miss Budweiser team overcame a weekend of adversity to finish second in the Chrysler JeepÂ® Superstores APBA Gold Cup race today on the Detroit River. Mitch Evans and the U-3 Miss Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep won the APBA...
DETROIT, Aug. 24, 2003 -- The Miss Budweiser team overcame a weekend of adversity to finish second in the Chrysler Jeep® Superstores APBA Gold Cup race today on the Detroit River. Mitch Evans and the U-3 Miss Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep won the APBA Gold Cup after passing Dave Villwock and the Miss Budweiser in turn two of the first lap of the final. Evans was able to extend his lead and never looked back.
Villwock and the Miss Budweiser almost didn't make the final heat after they were cut off in heat 4B, resulting in a lost front canard. The team was at work even before the boat came off the water and finished up repairing the Miss Budweiser with only seconds to spare before the final race. The crew dropped the boat in the water, Dave Villwock strapped in then fired the engine and joined the rest of the boats on the water for the final.
"I never doubted the ability of the crew to fix the boat," said Villwock, driver and team manager for the Miss Budweiser team. "Someone mentioned to me earlier in the day that this weekend we were given a bunch of lemons and we made lemonade out of them here this weekend. There is no better truth. It took a lot of work by the crew and I was able to do what I needed. And, if I had to pick a winner for the Gold Cup besides me, my first choice was Mitch Evans and the Cooper team. They did an outstanding job and are true racers."
Joe Little, president of Hydroplanes, Inc., owner of the Miss Budweiser team was pleased with his team's performance.
"There were many challenges thrown our way this weekend, but the Miss Budweiser team took it in stride and demonstrated why they are returning series champions," said Little. "When Dave brought the Miss Budweiser back after the fourth heat, the crew was already in motion to make repairs. I was nervous, but confident that the crew wouldn't let me, or the fans down."
Villwock locked up the Driver's Championship today with his consistent performance in Detroit this weekend. When Mark Evans injured his leg in the third heat of the weekend, it took him out of the race and secured things for Villwock. The national high points championship won't be decided until the final race of the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® Magazine, in San Diego, September 20-21, 2003.
O'Doul's High-Points Championship -- The Miss Budweiser team extended its lead in the O'doul's National High Points Championship by 157 points (674 points) over Mark Evans and the U-8 Miss Llumar Window Film team which has 517 points. Mike Hanson in the U-9 boat has climbed to third overall in the standings with 499 points. Mitch Evans and the U-3 Cooper team has climbed to fourth place with 473 points and Mike Weber in the U-10 boat slipped to fifth place overall after a crash in heat two on Saturday finished the team's weekend early.
Speed Channel -- Hydro fans who missed this weekend's APBA Gold Cup race on the Detroit River can catch all the action on the Speed Channel on Sunday, Sept. 14 at
2 p.m. ET. For a complete television schedule visit www.hydroprop.com or www.speedtv.com for subscription and local broadcast information.
Statistically Speaking --The Miss Budweiser team has a record in unlimited hydroplane racing that is unrivaled with 136 victories, 22 world championships and 14 APBA Gold Cups. The team has entered a record 357 races in the record book and finished in the top-three a total of 231 times in 40 years of competition. The crew of the Miss Budweiser has a combined 286 years of experience. Dave Villwock who has been racing unlimited hydroplanes since 1992, has 41 wins, six series championships and five APBA Gold Cups to his credit.