(Madison, IN) - Charley Wiggins, driver of the U-6 Miss Madison and the UL-10 Earl's Performance Products, announced his retirement from hydroplane racing yesterday. Wiggins stated, "To My Family, The City of Madison, Fellow Racers, Fans ...
(Madison, IN) - Charley Wiggins, driver of the U-6 Miss Madison and the UL-10 Earl's Performance Products, announced his retirement from hydroplane racing yesterday.
Wiggins stated, "To My Family, The City of Madison, Fellow Racers, Fans and Friends, it is with sorrow that I tell you of my decision to hang up my helmet and driving gloves for the last time. In light of my recent accidents and the deaths of fellow motorsport drivers Kenny Irwin and Adam Petty, I have come to the conclusion that for the first time in my life, my passion for life, family and other activities outweigh my passion for driving race boats.
"This sport, through its participants and fans have pushed me to great accomplishments, taught me life's lessons, sometimes tragic, and given me friendships that will last a lifetime. The City of Madison gave me a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of racing an unlimited hydroplane. For these things and to all those involved, I will be forever grateful.
"Now, it's time to say goodbye to the sport that I love so, so much. And may God bless you as I feel he has blessed me!"
Nate Brown, who served as the backup driver for the U-6 Miss Madison during this year's Madison Regatta, will serve as the new driver for the remainder of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. Brown is no stranger to the Unlimiteds having driven for Bill Wurster's U-8 team and the Ellstrom family's U-16 team and he was the Unlimited Rookie of the Year in 1992 with Fred Leland's KISW Miss Rock. Last year Brown drove the U-8 LLumar Window Film and finished in eighth place in the O'Doul's National Driver High Point Championship.