The latest Chairman's Corner Update from Steve David
Thank you for your kind wishes to Sabrina and I. To say we’re overwhelmed wouldn’t begin to express our gratitude.
have said the sport is hurting, and precipitated my decision to step
down. In fact, the opposite is true. My competitive nature would tell
you I have never walked away from a challenge. I’ve been carried away
in a stretcher from a few of them….. But I don’t leave trouble. That
said, I’m old enough to know when a task is too big for me alone. Our
sport has likely never seen a more promising future. It is the reality
of managing those successes on the horizon that led me to know my time
had come. My passion for boat racing is in my soul, and I’m going to
make sure we have people in place than can get us to the finish line.
not going away, just moving to a consultative position in H1. I won’t
physically be at the races, instead I owe Sabrina a lot of summers for
her dreams to fully blossom.
In my place, my former team manager
and friend, Charles Grooms (Homestreet U-1 manager) will assume the
Chairmanship as the current H1 Vice-Chairman. He and the H-1 board will
determine the most effective organizational structure moving forward
to manage the success that will come. I’ve known Charlie for over 28
years and there are few to match his passion for Unlimiteds. I
believe it will be a seamless handoff and provide continuity of
I met with the owners last Saturday in San Diego and
have never witnessed a more united group in all my racing years. They
are unanimous and unselfishly committed to build a secure future for all
of our stakeholders: Sponsors, team owners, drivers, crews, race sites,
media and at the top of that list: You, our fans and friends.
Please stick with the sport. Speak well of it. Be our Champions!
the conclusion of the San Diego Bayfair event, Steve David announced he
is stepping away from his role as H1 Chairman with these words.
To our racing friends:
Thank you for your kind support over the
decades of my racing career. Thru the wins and losses, crashes and recoveries, you stuck with me.
Two years ago I was asked to lead
H1. I committed to restore their financial position, clean up the
balance sheet, increase fan engagement, establish new race sites, and
create a more collaborative environment amongst our stakeholders.
did my best, yet there is more to do. So yesterday at San Diego where I
retired from driving 4 years ago,
I stepped down as Chairman.
work with H1 to find a new leader to hand off the baton and build upon
the promises of the future. I truly believe the sport is on track for a
return to significance in the motorsports world.
With sponsors as
strong and committed as Homestreet Bank, Mikes Hard Lemonade, All
access, Peters and May, Graham Trucking, and several others my
confidence remains strong. New race sites such as Phoenix and
Guntersville will expose our sport to new audiences and new
The H1 team is an awesome group of people. Volunteers with hearts the size of Texas.
The book of life has many chapters, and if we don’t turn the page, we’ll miss experiencing all that God has readied for us.
Today, Sabrina and I begin that next chapter. We both hope your lives will once again meet us on the new journey.
Jimmy Shane and the Miss HomeStreet Bank Team Win the
Bill Muncey Cup and Repeat As H1 Series National Champions at
San Diego Bayfair presented by HomeStreet Bank
Jimmy Shane took the lead heading into the first turn of the final, winner take all heat and never looked back. Shane averaged 149.198 mph in the final heat. Second place went to Andrew Tate driving U-9 Delta Realtrac. J. Michael Kelly finished third with U-5
Graham Trucking. Kelly nearly blew over in the first
turn of the second lap. The boat lifted out of the water and slid into
the roostertail of Miss HomeStreet. Kelly’s boat nearly stalled but he
was able to re-start and finish. Fourth went to Tom Thompson in U-11
Peters & May. Jeff Bernard,
driving U-7 Graham Trucking II, physically finished fourth, but was
called for jumping the starting gun which dropped him to fifth. Brian Perkins was unable to finish with U-21 All
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J. Michael Kelly Gets The Gold !
Graham Trucking and Team Porter Win the Cherished
APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River
made a gutsy move through the infield to seize lane one from Jimmy
Shane at the last moment and then used that position to power his U-5
Graham Trucking to victory in the UAW-GM American
Power Boat Association
Gold Cup in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. It
marked the first time Kelly has won the sport’s oldest and most
prestigious trophy and the magnitude of that nearly brought him to
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Ride along with J. Michael Kelly in the Final Heat Victory at the 2016 APBA Gold Cup
Rookie Andrew Tate Wins Albert Lee Appliance Cup at Seafair
Rookie unlimited hydroplane driver and Michigan native Andrew Tate
drove U-9 Sound Propeller Presents Les Schwab Tires to victory in the
Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup on Lake Washington.
Tate averaged 133.224 mph in the winner-take-all final heat. Tate, on
the inside, held off a hard-charging Jimmy Shane in U-1 Miss HomeStreet
in one of the most thrilling duels in Seafair history. Shane nearly
caught Tate in the second turn of the fourth lap, but Tate sprinted down
the front straightaway and kept Shane on his hip through the fifth and
final lap. Shane averaged 131.416 mph. J. Michael Kelly physically ran
third, but was hit with a one lap penalty for a lane violation. The
infraction dropped him to fifth place. Third went to Brian Perkins at the wheel of U-21 Albert Lee Appliance.
He averaged 125.731 mph. Jeff Bernard drove U-7 Graham Trucking II to
fourth place with an average speed of 119.370. Kelly’s average speed for
fifth place was 108.914. Jimmy King, driver of U-3 Miss DiJulio, failed
to finish the final, as did Jean Theoret aboard U-16 Oh Boy! Oberto.
For 2016, H1 Unlimited will connect with our fans and partners in a way we have never attempted: via a FREE
web app that will allow us to supply more information quicker than ever
before directly to your mobile device. We plan on publishing race
results, video links, photos, schedule changes and other timely info
that will impact your enjoyment of our events, involving you more
immediately in the excitement that is H1 Unlimited.
In addition, the app will be EXTREMELY simple to share with friends,
family, co-workers or anyone that you’d like to share your love of with
H1 Unlimited racing with! When you hit the “SHARE”
button, you’ll be able to send the app using any method your mobile
device allows, such as text message, email or even QR code! Make sure
you share the app as much as possible to get everyone involved!
The H1 2016 app will work on Apple or Android phones and tablets and is
free to download and to use. It will be updated in real time from each
race site so you will have race results within minutes of the end of
each heat. When we get spectacular video from our onboard cameras, we’ll
post clips right away. If our schedule changes, you’ll know it as soon
as we do.
The Video Vault is a private Group, on the H.A.R.M. web site, that provides Museum members access to hundreds of hours of hydroplane video footage. Some of the footage is very rare, not seen in public for decades. Here is how you can join!
The 1975 “Winged Wonder” U-25 Pay ‘N Pak is privately owned by Ken Muscatel and beingrestored at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum by Mike Hanson, Jere Heiser and Museum volunteers. The Pak will be back, running soon! Join the Pay ‘N Pak Booster Club to help the Museum bring the Legacy of Innovation of the Pay ‘N Pak to the fans. More...
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