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Enumclaw, WA. - Darrell and Vanessa Strong/Strong Racing make more moves towards the 2021 Season.

The latest news coming out of Strong Racing is unlimited veteran J. Michael Kelly has signed with the team to drive the recently acquired Ellstrom Racing hull. The boat will be numbered U-8 under the Strong Racing team umbrella.

Asked about his new ride, J. Michael had this to say “I would like to thank Darrell and Vanessa for this amazing team and I look forward to our future of racing and helping the sport.”

Team Owner Darrell Strong said “We are thrilled to have JMK on the team! He is definitely one of the best drivers in the sport and we feel he makes us very competitive in 2021. Also, Mike, Angela, and their boys have become like family to us so we are excited to have them join the Strong Racing team."

Having previously bought the U-9 hull and equipment from Mike and Lori Jones, Strong Racing recently purchased the all the assets of Ellstrom/Elam Racing from Erick Ellstrom. The deal included the E-3 hull, engines, gearboxes, hauler, and accessory equipment. The boat last raced in 2017 with Oh Boy! Oberto sponsorship.

While announcing the additions to the Strong Racing stable owner Darrell Strong commented “When I decided to become an owner, I set a goal of creating a benchmark team. This is one more step toward realizing that goal.

Contacted about the sale. Erick Ellstrom said "When Darrell explained his approach to racing and plans for this team,

it made sense to help him succeed. I'm excited and looking forward to Strong Racing's impact on the sport!"

Corey Peabody will be in the driver seat of the U-9, while J. Michael Kelly will be in the cockpit of the U-8.


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 Strong Racing continues to build for success in the H1 Unlimited Series