11 Hydroplanes To Make Trek East For ABRA Races Sam Cole, Chairman of the American Boat Racing Association, has announced that 11 boats will make the eastern swing for the 2008 ABRA season. "It is really exciting to see that we will have...
11 Hydroplanes To Make Trek East For ABRA Races
Sam Cole, Chairman of the American Boat Racing Association, has announced that 11 boats will make the eastern swing for the 2008 ABRA season.
"It is really exciting to see that we will have 11 national boats running in 2008," said Cole. "We have seen increased participation in each of the ABRA's previous seasons and it is because of the strong support we get from this group of owners that Unlimited Hydroplane racing's resurgence continues.
"Their dedication to this sport is unparalleled and the caliber of professionalism and competition has not been seen for many years in boat racing."
Among the boats racing the national circuit will be Greg O' Farrell's Go Fast Turn Left Racing Team that will campaign the U-50. Brian Perkins will drive the boat for O' Farrell and Jim Labrie will be the crew chief. A sponsor will be named soon.
Last year, he campaigned the Lakeridge Paving with David Williams driving. That boat will again compete on the west coast.
"We are really proud of Greg's increased commitment to the sport and are excited that he will campaign a national boat this year with the U-50," added Cole
This year for only the second time in its team history, the Ellstrom Team will have the U-1 painted on the side of the boat for the 2007 Team High Point National title. Owner Sven Ellstrom also won the National Team High Point Championship in 2005.
Driver Dave Villwock, the winningest active driver in the sport with 55 career wins, will once again pilot the Elam. He is also the defending National High Point Driver Champion, an honor he has taken nine times.
The six race series begins in Evansville, Ind. starting June 26 with the final heat races on Sunday, June 29. The next two East Swing races are in Madison, Ind. July 4 thru 6 and then in Detroit for 100th running of the Gold Cup, July 11-13.
All 11 boats are expected to race the entire ABRA national schedule.
NATIONAL FLEET FOR 2008 ABRA RACING SEASON
U-1 Ellstrom's Elam Plus, Driver Dave Villwock, Owner Sven Ellstrom
U-3 Cooper Motorsports, Driver Jimmy King, Owner Ed Cooper
U-5 Formulaboats.com, Driver Jeff Bernard, Owner The Porter Family
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Driver Steve David, Owner The City of Madison
U-7 Formulaboats.com, Driver Mike Allen, Owner The Porter Family
U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals, Driver David Bryant, Owner Kim and Debbie Gregory
U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit, Driver J. Michael Kelly, Owner Dave Bartush
U-25 Miss Jarvis Construction, Driver and Owner Dr. Ken Muscatel
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Driver Jean Theoret, Owner Billy and Jane Schumacher
U-50 Sponsor TBA, Driver Brian Perkins, Owner Greg O'Farrell
U-100 Mirageboats.com, Driver Greg Hopp, Owner Fred Leland