It seems everyone is excited to participate in the 2015 HAPO APBA Gold Cup. Some last minute additions to the field have boosted the total expected boat count to thirteen Unlimited Hydroplane. Eleven boats attended the season’s first race in Madison, Indiana.
The U-3 was last seen racing in 2009
Long negotiations between H1 Chairman Steve David and owner Ed Cooper finally bore fruit with the July 18th announcement that the only piston powered Unlimited Hydroplane would return to the circuit at the Gold Cup. The u-3 team used a GoFundMe campaign to raise money and eventually signed Ace Hardware as a sponsor. Local Grigg’s Ace Hardware owner Charlie Grigg read about the U-3’s sponsor search in the Tri-City Herald. Fondly remembering the roar of the old piston engines, eventually he contacted the team to see what it would take to bring that sound back to the Columbia River. The U-3 will run as the Grigg’s presents Ace Hardware for the 2015 HAPO APBA Gold Cup.
The U-21 sinks after flipping in 2014
The U-21 Go Fast Turn Left was practically destroyed in a flip in the final heat of last year’s race. The crash brought to a halt the team’s highly successful start to the 2014 season. The crew put in long hours completely rebuilding and updating the hull for the coming season. Earlier in the month, it was announced they would be making their debut at Seafair, bypassing Tri-Cities. But a last minute push by the crew to get the boat finished and the emergence of Fasteners, Inc. as a sponsor has the team shooting for a golden debut. The U-21 finished second in the Gold Cup last year, with Brian Perkins driving. Winning the Gold Cup would cap a great comeback for this team from last year’s adversity.
Water Follies Mobile App Released!
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, the current generation of smart phones puts the internet in the palm of your hand. But even though these phones can display most current websites, even waterfollies.com, the user experience can be somewhat frustrating. Websites are designed for full screen computers and navigating them on the tiny screen of a smart phone requires a lot of zooming in and moving around. Because of this, the Tri-City Water Follies is partnering with local company SalesMob to launch the official Water Follies mobile app. The app will provide a platform to more easily access essential Water Follies information in a format optimized for the screen size of a smart phone.
SalesMob’s apps are easy for an organization to build and maintain, which is why Water Follies has partnered up with SalesMob to be their Official App Provider. With a few clicks of a mouse, a couple of drags and drops, and your own text and images, anyone can create an app. The app engine was developed to load content quickly, giving users more time on the go and less time waiting.
As part of this unique partnership, SlaesMob will have a booth in Columbia Park, on the driving range near the Official Barge, to help fans install the app on their smart phones. Salesmob and Water Follies will also be keeping the application up-to-date with the latest race results and event schedule changes throughout the weekend. This year, you can leave your pen at home. No need to fill out a score sheet to track results. Just open the Water Follies app and click the “Race Results” button.
SalesMob apps work with your iPhones, Androids, Windows 7 mobile phones and even some Blackberry devices. You won’t find SalesMob apps in any marketplace or store; you’ll only find them online at SalesMob.net. They’re free to download and use across all platforms.
“We are very fortunate to partner with Salesmob” says Kathy Powell, Tri-City Water Follies Event Director, “the mobile app will enhance the event experience by bringing real time race updates to the fans.”
About SalesMob: Since 2010, SalesMob has been liberating small- and middle-sized-business owners from the shackles of static mobile websites. With our online app, we’ve done the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. We’ve meticulously developed and scripted with the everyman in mind — no coding know-how is required for you to mobilize your site’s content! Best of all, we’ve set it up so you can update your mobile content on your schedule without any extra cost. No frills, no hidden agenda, just your ideas, your work and pride in a job well done. That’s the SalesMob way.
SalesMob’s mobile app clients include H1 Unlimited, Cool Desert Nights, Hogs and Dogs, and the Tri-City Americans.
J. Michael Kelly takes on the challenge
SEATTLE, March 14, 2011—J. Michael Kelly announced today that he will drive the U-37 Billy Schumacher Racing entry in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane series in 2011.
Kelly who resides in Bonney Lake, Wash. has started 45 races during his six year career driving an unlimited hydroplane, The 31-year-old Kelly was named Rookie of the Year in 2004.
Last season Kelly placed 2nd in three winner-take-all finals, had six 1st-place preliminary heat victories, and 25 podium finishes. He finished third in National High Points behind the winingest active driver, Dave Villwock
(U-96 Spirit of Qatar) and five-time driver champion Steve David (U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto).
For the past two seasons the veteran Kelly has driven the U-7 Graham Trucking and won the UIM World Championship trophy in 2009.
Kelly said, “I am excited to join the Schumacher Racing team. In a relatively short period of time, Jane and Billy (Schumacher) have won the APBA Gold Cup, a World Championship and an Albert Lee Cup and that shows we have a very competitive team and they know how to win.”
The 2011 effort will mark the sixth year Schumacher Racing has competed in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series.
“It will be exciting to have the newest boat on the circuit, combined with the leadership of Billy and some other seasoned professionals who have joined the U-37 team. I look forward to a very successful 2011 season,” Kelly said.
The team is currently building a new state-of-the-art race boat and is scheduled to have it completed prior to the first race —the Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup 4th of July weekend in Madison, Ind.
“It’s hard to leave a team after two years but sometimes you have to take risks. I embrace the thrill of adventure,” Kelly said. “And this will be some adventure!” He continued, “I would like to thank Ted Porter for allowing me to drive for him the past two seasons and wish him luck in his three race boat endeavor.”
“We’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with several great drivers and J. Michael is poised to help us build upon that tradition,” said Billy Schumacher, president of Schumacher Racing LLC. “He put up some impressive results and we look forward to building on his success this season while competing in the H1 Unlimited Series.”
Kelly began racing at age 7 in a small kneel-down type hydroplane with an outboard motor attached to the back of the boat. He scored many national championships along the way and still holds six world speed records in the outboard and inboard classes of racing.
A four-time inductee into the prestigious A.P.B.A. Hall of Champions, Kelly began his unlimited career driving for U-2 Jim Harvey Motorsports (2004-2005). He also drove for the U-13 Spirit of Detroit (2006-2008), and most recently, the U-7 Graham Trucking (2009-2010).
The 2011 H1 Unlimited series schedule will consist of 6 events beginning at the Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup, July 1-3, followed by the A.P.B.A. Gold Cup in Detroit on July 8-10; Lamb Weston Columbia Cup, July 29-31; Albert Lee Cup at Seafair, Aug 5-7; San Diego Bay Fair, Sept. 16-18 and the Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar Dec. 1-3.
SCHUMACHER RACING: Formed in 2006 by two-time Gold Cup trophy winner and three-time National Champion driver, Billy Schumacher and his wife Jane after they purchased the race team assets of Bill Wurster’s U-8 Racing. Based in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia, the team has four victories. Three in 2006 with Jean Theoret driving, including the Gold Cup Trophy and World Championship Trophy. The teams forth victory came back in 2008, again with Theoret driving. Schumacher Racing’s past drivers include: Jean Theoret (2006-2009), J.W. Myers (2009-2010), and Jon Zimmerman (2010).