In his on-going efforts and new role as H1 Unlimited Chairman, Steve David is consistently providing updates, news, and sharing ideas to take the sport to a new level. The UNLIMITED NewsJournal supports his efforts and offers support to the new leadership that is developing.
On the H1 website, Steve is posting news and messages on recent H1 related topics. Look for "The Chairman's Corner" page on the H1 Unlimited website for the latest from Steve.
Recent news from Steve David has been exciting and encouraging for all to learn. Steve has made the commitment to continue as H1 Chairman through 2015. Check back frequently to the Chairman's Corner for the latest from Steve.
Jon Zimmerman Steps Down
U-9 Jones Racing regrets to announce that Jon Zimmerman has stepped down as the driver for Jones Racing's unlimited hydroplane. Jon will be redirecting his spare time to personal and family commitments. From Jon: "It is time for me to step down as driver for the U-9 team. Hydroplane racing is a huge time commitment and I have been spreading myself too thin with work, racing, and family. My son Jack is almost 9 and I need to commit more time to him and his activities. I could not have had a better opportunity than I have had with the U-9. I have traveled the world and met some of the best racers and fans in motorsports. Mike and Lori Jones have been great to my family and me. The team is very dedicated and worked extremely hard and sacrificed long hours to give me a first class race boat to drive. I will miss it. Thank you very much for the great ride and I wish you all the best. Jon Zimmerman"
The U-9 Jones Racing team and "family" wish Jon the best and would like to thank him for all of his hard work, dedication, determination, and whole hearted efforts in helping to make our team one of the most competitive in the sport of hydroplane racing. We will miss his positive attitude and kind spirit. Jon is cherished not only by Jones Racing but also by other teams and competitors.
As for the future of the U-9 Jones Racing team, it is uncertain at this point how it will move forward in its commitment to racing in 2015 and beyond at this time. We will keep you posted.
UPDATE Thursday Feb. 26th
U-9 Jones Racing is pleased to announce that the driver of the U-9 unlimited hydroplane for the 2015 season will be Scott Liddycoat !
Our team is looking forward to setting up the boat for Scott and plan on testing the U-9 on the water during the last week in May. We are also pleased that Jon Zimmerman has agreed to stay on as a backup driver if the need should arise. The sport of hydroplane racing is always changing in some fashion and teams are continuously working on making their boat faster than the last heat, race, and season.
At the Jones Racing shop, we are in the process of building new parts and tuning our equipment to make our boat faster. Changes also include from time to time, a reorganization of the crew as people move on to other things and new people join-up to help the team. Jones Racing looks forward to making 2015 another season to remember!
Jesse Robertson tabbed by Team Porter Racing
DECATUR, Ind. – Jesse Robertson has joined Team Porter Racing as driver of the 7 Graham Trucking, team owner Ted Porter announced today.
“I recently began looking for a new driver for the 7 (T-5),” Porter said. “Jesse has a great attitude and his driving ability continues to improve, so bringing him in is a very good fit for our team. I look forward to seeing him drive the T-5 so he can truly have fun driving an unlimited.”
“When I was with the 57 team back in 2013, we frequently pitted next to Team Porter Racing and I saw first-hand their professionalism and the success their team celebrated,” Robertson said. “Driving for them now is going to be awesome!”
“Jesse will continue to be a great face for the sport as well as a force to be reckoned with on the race course,” Porter said. “I am looking forward to having Jesse as part of our team in 2015.”
Porter said the support from the team’s title sponsor has been critical to the success of Team Porter Racing.
“A big thank you to Rob Graham who has fully supported our driver choices, and our team, throughout the years,” Porter said. “A large portion of our success is due to Rob’s continued support.”
The opening that Robertson fills came with the recent resignation of Cal Phipps, who drove the 7 Graham Trucking to a third-place finish in the H1 Unlimited National High Points championship standings.
“Cal was an awesome member of our team last year,” Porter said. “He will be missed, and we appreciate everything he did. I truly am happy for Cal and the opportunity he has with his new team.”
For Immediate Release From H1 Unlimited Saturday, February 14th H1 Works To Keep Detroit Race As DRRA Ceases Operation
DETROIT, Mi. - With the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA) announcing Friday (February 15) that it will cease operations effective Saturday, February 28, H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David is already working on a plan to keep unlimited hydroplane racing on the Detroit River.
“The DRRA has been the host organization for the Detroit APBA Gold Cup unlimited hydroplane since 2003 and we need to thank the DRRA for their support for the past 11 years,” said H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David. “It is important to recognize Bill Rands, Tom Bertolini, Mark Weber and all the volunteers who worked and sacrificed so much to keep the boats racing on the Detroit River.
“Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan outlined ‘revitalization initiatives’ for the city during his State of the City address, and we too are putting our ‘revitalization initiatives’ together for the boat races in Detroit,” added David. “DYC’s (Detroit Yacht Club) immediate past Commodore Fred Carr will co-lead a new organization that will work to bring the unlimited hydroplanes to Detroit in 2015. We owe it to our fans and the Motor City to do what we can to keep this great Detroit tradition going.”
In a brief press release Friday, February 13th, the DRRA has ceased operations.
DRRA ANNOUNCES ITS CLOSURE
Detroit, Michigan (February 13, 2015) -- The Detroit River Regatta Association, which has produced the annual Detroit Gold Cup boat races for the past 13 years, will cease operations effective February 28, 2015.
Despite a loyal core fan base, the DRRA has found it increasingly difficult to generate the necessary support
to stage the event.
“Hydroplane racing has been a great Detroit tradition, and we are not pleased to see our role end this way,” said
Bill Rands, Chairman of the DRRA Board of Directors. “But after running at a deficit for the past several years,
it has become undeniably apparent that we cannot continue.”
In November, the DRRA announced a new summer event, which they planned to produce in place of the Gold Cup races. Due to today’s news, The Festival of Speed will no longer be taking place.
Date change to July For Coeur d’Alene Unlimited Hydroplane Race
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (January 9, 2015) H1 Unlimited is pleased to announce a co-operative agreement with a new organization, Coeur d’Alene Hydroplane Regatta, LLC, towards the staging of the Coeur d’Alene Silver CupUnlimited Hydroplane Race on
July 17, 18 and 19, 2015. *
In making the announcement, H1 Chairman Steve David said, "We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with this new organization made up of very influential members of the Coeur d’Alene community who are passionate about returning our sport to their beautiful locale.”
David added, "There is still a lot of work to be done, but this agreement aligns our series with a very dedicated, capable group who are willing to do what it takes, including investing their own money, to make this race happen in 2015.”
The H1 Chairman concluded, “To a person, our owners, drivers and officials thoroughly enjoyed their 2013 experience in Coeur d’Alene and we are all excited at the prospect of racing in that beautiful community and venue again in the future.”
* These July dates are a change from the August 14th,15th,16th dates previously announced. Silver Cup officials worked with another land-based event organizer to accomodate the best interests of both events.
The change in dates also creates three consecutive weekends of H1 Unlimited racing
in the Pacific Northwest.
The Coeur d'Alene Silver Cup, Tri-Cities HAPO Gold Cup, and the Seattle Albert Lee Cup
H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David and officials of the Tri-City Water Follies have announced that the Tri-City group will host the 2015 APBA Gold Cup July 24-26.
The HAPO Gold Cup will mark the 50th anniversary of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing on the Columbia River between Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, Washington under the direction of the Tri-City Water Follies.
In making the announcement on behalf of H1, David said, “We are very excited to be able to award the 2015 Gold Cup to the very deserving race committee and community in the Tri-Cities and look forward to seeing the competition for one of the most prestigious trophies in all of motorsports take place in one of our outstanding long term venues and well respected by all of our race sites.” David added, “When we talked to all of our race sites, they agreed unanimously that the 50th anniversary of the Tri-City race and the long standing support by the committee, volunteers and community made the Tri-City area and the Water Follies committee very deserving of the opportunity to host the 2015 Gold Cup.” The Gold Cup was last held in the Tri-Cities in 1984 and has been held exclusively in Detroit since 1990.
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