Monday, July 25, 2016
For Immediate Release
Shane, Miss HomeStreet Bank Look to Continue Hot Streak at HAPO Columbia Cup
KENNEWICK, Wash. — -Jimmy Shane has been the most dominant H1 Unlimited Hydroplane driver over the last two seasons. He has won two consecutive National High Point Season Championships, 12 consecutive heat races (17 of the last 18) and is coming off a season-opening victory at the MainSource Bank Indiana Governor’s Cup Madison (Ind.) Regatta presented by Belterra Casino Resort — his third H1 race win in a row.
This week Shane, driver of the U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank, is going to have his work cut out for him when he tries to make it four race wins in a row at the HAPO Columbia Cup on the Columbia River (July 29–31).
“J. Michael Kelly in the U-5 Graham Trucking has been Shane’s top competition to date, and the U-5 crew has been working on the T6 hull, a faster hull and set up, for the races out west,” said H1 Chairman Steve David. “Even though Kelly might be Shane’s number one nemesis, Brian Perkins in the U-21 PayneWest Insurance and rookie Andrew Tate in the U-9 Les Schwab were right in the thick of the fight.”
Perkins and Tate finished third and fourth, respectively behind Shane and Kelly in Madison.
Tom Thompson in the U-11 Peters & May placed fifth but did not finish the final heat. The boat lost a propeller going into the backstretch early in the championship heat causing damage to the turbine engine. Co-owner and crew chief Scott Raney will have the boat ready for HAPO Columbia Cup.
One of Shane’s main competitors, the U-27 Dalton Industries driven by Cal Phipps, will not make the two races in the Northwest after a spectacular blow over crash in the championship heat in Madison. Phipps was running in second place when the accident occurred. Phipps was not injured in the accident.
Co-owner and crew chief Charley Wiggins will repair the U-27and have it ready for the UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest presents the APBA Gold Cup (August 26–28) on the Detroit River.
Even though Phipps will be missing, Jimmy King in the U-3 piston-powered Allison engined team sponsored by Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware will make its first appearance of the season to give the Miss HomeStreetBank some added competition.
“Even with Shane on this hot streak, we have had some great deck-to-deck battles over the last few years,” added David. “We have nine confirmed H1 Unlimited Hydroplane teams at this time ready to race this weekend on the Columbia River, and they should provide more of the same excitement.”
Qualifying and testing begin Friday, July 29 at 8:15 am PDT. More qualifying and testing plus the first set of preliminary heats will run Saturday with the remaining heats and the winner-take-all championship final on Sunday.
KONA 610 AM will broadcast all the action live from 9 am PDT Friday until the checkered flag falls on Sunday while KNDU-TV will telecast the action on local TV and streamed live on the web from 1 pm to 5 p m PDT Sunday.
For information on the H1 boats and the series go tohttp://www.H1Unlimited.com or download the NEW ‘H1 2016’ app. The ‘H1 2016’ app will also provide updated information for the HAPO Columbia Cup as it takes place. Apple users can download the app from the App Store — Android users, please visit the H1 website.
For ticket, parking and all other information regarding the 2016 HAPO Columbia Cup go tohttp://www.waterfollies.com/