DECATUR, Ind. – Rob Graham has announced that his company, Graham Trucking, will again be title sponsor for Team Porter Racing’s U-5 and U-7 hydroplanes.
Graham began his sponsorship of the team in the 2009 season when he picked up the naming rights to Porter’s U-7, then driven by J. Michael Kelly while Jeff Bernard piloted the U-5 Formula Boats craft. That season, Kelly piloted the U-7 Graham Trucking to a race win at the inaugural Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar. Kelly also finished fourth in the national high points standings.
“It was really exciting to be a part of the program that really launched two great young drivers in our sport,” Graham said of the 2009 season. “Since then, I’ve just been more and more impressed with the team and the way they go about doing things. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to win races, either.”
Graham Trucking is the second-longest current boat sponsor on the circuit. Since 1988 Graham Trucking has supported boat racing in the Pacific Northwest, whether as sponsor of Seafair or unlimiteds and other class boats.
“Over the years, we’ve supported everything from stock outboards and Formula One boats to Grand Prix and unlimiteds, and we’ve always done so with a lot of enthusiasm,” said Graham, a native of Seattle and life-long fan of boat racing.
Porter is also excited to continue the relationship.
“I’m very proud that Rob Graham is extending his support of our team for another year,” Porter said. “Rob is an outstanding person and a great supporter of unlimited hydroplane racing. It is fantastic to be a part of the Graham Trucking family.”
Porter said Graham Trucking will again support both boats, as the U-5 and U-7 Graham Trucking hulls. Kelly returns to the cockpit of the U-5, while Jesse Robertson joins the team as driver of the U-7. The two hulls known as T-6 (Kelly’s boat), and T-5 (Robertson’s) will continue as the team’s craft for the 2015 season.
During Graham’s years with Team Porter Racing, the team has won 13 races, five world championships and a national championship. Ten of those race wins, four of the world championships and the national championship have gone to boats bearing the name Graham Trucking.
ABOUT TEAM PORTER RACING
Over the last four seasons, Team Porter Racing has won 11 races, which is more than any other team in the sport over that same span. Team Porter Racing has also won five of the last six – and four in a row – at the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar.
In each of the last two years, Team Porter Racing has won four races on the H1 Unlimited Series. Since joining the H1 Unlimited series in 2006, Team Porter Racing has won a total of 16 races, placing Porter among the most successful owners in the sport’s history.
Graham Trucking is the second-longest-running current sponsor in unlimited hydroplane racing, dating back to the first boat they sponsored in 1988.
More information about the team can be found at www.u1racing.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.