Global boat shipping and logistics provider Peters & May is returning to the H1 Air National Guard Hydroplane Series in 2012 with the inaugural team assembled for the 2011 season and hopes for a “Happy New Year.” In its first season as an independent team running under the Peters & May Racing banner, the Edmonds, Washington-based Unlimited Racing Group (URG) finished a disappointing but encouraging ninth place overall. “We are not happy with that finish at all,” said team URG team owner Scott Raney, “2011 was a discovery year with the new boat and we now feel like we have a pretty good idea how the boat will run and what we need to do.”
Last year, the team made its debut in a new 30-foot hydro, powered by a T-55 Lycoming helicopter turbine producing more than 2600 h.p. and was encouraged by a heat win at the fabled Detroit Gold Cup; growing pains and mechanical gremlins prevented the team from realizing its full potential, with only a consolation heat victory in San Diego near the end of the season to bolster its hopes. “We’ve used this winter to improve our equipment depth, which will give us the ability to run quite a bit harder in 2012,” Raney said. “We are excited that Peters & May will continue to support our program, because none of this would be possible without that relationship. Peters & May is extremely supportive not only of our program, but many other programs in boat racing as well.”
Peters & May CEO David Holley said it was an easy decision to continue working with URG and driver JW Myers despite the 2011 finish. “Obviously, we all would have preferred a winning season in 2011, but it was never a realistic expectation with a relatively new team,” Holley said. “If your team’s not winning, you look for the factors that make a winner: hard work, determination and heart. The URG team from top to bottom has a ‘do what needs to be done attitude’ which fits perfectly with the Peters & May philosophy of business and customer service. We look forward to the coming race season.”
The team has plenty of time to get the 2012 Peters & May unlimited hydroplane dialed-in and ready for the July 1 “Lucas Oil Indiana Governor’s Cup” in Madison, Indiana. The team will campaign under the same U-11 number with “J-Dub” Myers at the helm and as an ownership partner with Scott Raney and his wife Shannon; Peters & May will continue as the transportation sponsor for the Air National Guard Hydroplane series.
The UK-headquartered Peters & May, an international yacht transport leader, has transportation and logistics arrangements with racing classes in several race series, as well as team sponsorships in a variety of race classes in the US and abroad.
Pictures and video of the 2011 SBI World Championships are available on the
For more information on Peters & May visit www.petersandmay.com.
And they have big plans.
Jon Zimmerman will drive the U-9 again next season, his first full-time ride in the unlimiteds. The 2010 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year, Zimmerman was the backup driver for Billy & Jane Schumacher’s U-37 that year, and drove three races for Jones Racing this year.
“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Zimmerman said. “This hull is a great race boat and with the changes the team plans to make over the winter, I’m looking forward to being even more competitive next year.”
Under crew chief Jeff Campbell – a former Miss Budweiser crew member who is bringing along four Bud veterans (Dave Arnold, Mike Campbell, Mike McIntosh and John Rice), for the 2012 team – the boat will get a new cockpit, a modern cowling, and adjustments to the ride surfaces over the offseason. The team is also in the market for a newer truck for the transportation and display of the boat and the team’s equipment.
“The recent growth of the unlimited class has sparked a lot of renewed interest and enthusiasm for hydroplane racing, including our own” said Mike Jones. “More new sponsors are coming in, new races are being put together and the television coverage on Versus/NBC Sports has been highly successful.
Learn more about the team online at www.u9racing.com.
MusclePharm will join TapouT as the second major company involved in high-energy adrenaline-based “Extreme Sports” to sign on with GoFastTurnLeftRacing of Maple Valley, Wash., for the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship underway in Doha, Qatar.
MusclePharm is an American Nutritional supplement company headquartered in Denver, Colo. Known as “The Athletes Company”—MusclePharm’s focus is on healthy lifestyles. The company develops and manufactures a line of supplements that are 100 percent free of banned substances.
Team owner Greg O’Farrell said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to add another great name to our team and to have the opportunity to race for another great company.”
“I especially want to thank Dan Caldwell of TapouT for introducing us to Jeremy DeLuca, president of MusclePharm, and helping us to bring another exciting ‘Extreme Sport’ into our sport,” O’Farrell added.
Driver Brian Perkins added, “It’s very exciting to have MusclePharm joining TapouT as sponsors of our race team. We appreciate everything they bring to the team and we really look forward to racing for them in Doha.”
MusclePharm is currently sold in more than 120 countries and available in over 5,000 U.S. retail outlets, including GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, as well as over 100 online stores, including bodybuilding.com, Vitacost.com, GNC.com, Amazon.com, SupplementWarehouse.com, AllStarHealth.com, LuckyVitamin.com and WinnyVS.com.[
The 21 Tapout/MusclePharm Unlimited Hydroplane will compete in the 2011 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar driven by Brian Perkins of North Bend, Wash.
For more information on MusclePharm, visit www.musclepharm.com
TapouT President and founder, Dan “Punkass” Caldwell got his first look at the 21 TapouT Air National Guard Hydroplane team today in Hollywood. Caldwell, shown with H1 Chairman Sam Cole, said a contingent of company personnel will be in San Diego over the weekend cheering on Brian Perkins in the latest addition to the TapouT racing stable. Think we’ll see the crew decked out in some new gear?
Seattle’s ABC affiliate – KOMO TV – chronicled the construction of the new 88 Degree Men Unlimited Hydroplane which J Michael Kelly is now driving in the Air National Guard Series. The TV crew visited the shop of Ron Jones, Jr several times as the boat was being built and created a very interesting documentary piece on the birth of an Unlimited.
Mike Ferreri of Seattle’s KOMO 4 News did a great feature on the building of the newest hydroplane on the Air National Guard circuit – the Schumacher Racing 88 Degree Men.
The U-99 is the black and maroon hydroplane that was driven by Greg Hopp in 2010. This year it is being driven by Ryan Mallow of Tacoma. Mallow drives the GP-19 Miss Everett on the Grand Prix Circuit. The Miss Everett is owned by Tom Eckenberg.
This is the first year that HAPO will sponsor a hydroplane. HAPO is the sponsor of the HAPO Over the River Air Show for the 4th year. The U-99 will feature HAPO’s logo during the races, and will be known as the Miss HAPO.
“Between the outstanding air show line-up this year and our sponsorship of the U-99 Miss HAPO, we are really excited and looking forward to a great weekend of fun. See you at the races!” exclaimed Steve Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for HAPO.
HAPO’s sponsorship of the air show and the U-99 is part of their “Official Sponsor of Summer” program. HAPO sponsors a variety of local community events throughout the summer.
The boat was leased to the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto team for the Detroit Gold Cup as a replacement for the team’s primary hull which was back in Madison undergoing repairs.
Zimmerman, subbing for regular Oberto pilot Steve David, turned in an excellent Gold Cup qualifying run and the boat appeared to be very competitive.
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