Madison: Steve David, Miss Madison team preview

Hometown Madison, Ind. Hydroplane Oh Boy! Oberto-Beef Jerky Fan Favorite For Indiana Governor's Cup MADISON, IND (July 3, 2008) --Steve David, driver of the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto-Beef Jerky unlimited hydroplane has the weight of a whole town on...

Hometown Madison, Ind. Hydroplane Oh Boy! Oberto-Beef Jerky Fan Favorite For Indiana Governor's Cup

MADISON, IND (July 3, 2008) --Steve David, driver of the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto-Beef Jerky unlimited hydroplane has the weight of a whole town on his back. All 13,000 citizens of Madison, Ind. owners of the nation's only community owned hydroplane.

David and the Oh Boy! Oberto-Beef Jerky hydroplane arrives for this weekend's 57th Annual Indiana Governor's Cup a heavy favorite. David is the only driver competing in this weekend's race with a past Madison Regatta victory (2001). He was top qualifier at last week's Thunder on the Ohio and placed second in the winner-take-all final. David knows the pressure is on.

"When I am racing, I feel like I'm racing for every single member of that community," David said. "It's a bigger responsibility because I represent so many people in and out of the water."

With last years winner U-1 Miss Elam sitting out the mid-west races, David with 20-years unlimited driving experience, seven with the Oh Boy! Oberto-Beef Jerky team said this weekend will have some great racing. "I guarantee the fans in Madison (Ind.) will see the best racing in the history of the sport," the smiling David said. Last weekend there were six different preliminary heat winners at the Thunder on the Ohio a first in the history of the sport.

As the season matures the competition will only get better, David who won the last two races of the 2007 season said. "This is going to be a great year for all hydroplane racing fans across the country. I don't think we will know the High Points Champion until the last race of the season in San Diego."

Pre-sale tickets for the race have increased nearly double compared to last year's ticket sales at this time according to town officials. They also have confirmed that Indiana's Gov. Mitch Daniels will be on hand in anticipation of presenting the hometown boat the Indiana Governor's Cup.

ABOUT THE U-6 OH BOY! OBERTO RACE TEAM
The city of Madison, Ind. became an owner of a hydroplane in 1961, when industrialist Samuel DuPont decided he would donate his hydroplane, named Nitrogen, to the City of Madison, Ind. When that boat was destroyed in an accident a year later, DuPont sold his second boat to the city for only $5,000.

Madison, Ind. has been in the hydroplane business ever since. A board of directors appointed by the city's mayor administers the world's only community-owned hydroplane and race team.

Miss Madison is the oldest name in the sport, having competed in 48 consecutive seasons.

The current boat, which has two victories was built in 2007 and is the 6th Madison, Ind. hydroplane. Led by crew chief, Mike Hanson (Bonney Lake, Wash.), the boat is driven by two-time National Drivers Champion, Steve David (Lighthouse, Fla.) This year marks David's 20th year driving an Unlimited Hydroplane.

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