Veteran pilot Jimmy King joined Ed Cooper’s Go3 Racing Team in 2005 after successful run in the Unlimited and Grand Prix ranks. King first stepped into an Unlimited in 1994, driving the Miss Exide II, and earned the sport’s “Rookie of the Year” honors. He went on to drive the Miss Wellness Plan, Miss Elam Plus and Llumar Window Film before teaming up with the Allison powered Go3 team.
As a 16 time top three finisher in his career, King has yet to add an Unlimited win to his already Hall of Fame career as a Grand Prix racer. King won three National titles as well as three World Championships in GP class. Ten of those podiums were with Go3 Team.
“It’s a foregone conclusion this boat can win,” King said of fan favorite U-3. Close but no cigar could be the motto for Jimmy King in the Unlimiteds. Twice King had races all but won, but in the end, mechanical failures robbed him of winning races in Evansville in 2009 (leading after three laps) and Nashville (falling short just before the finish line with a thrown prop) in ’05.
“The Coopers are outstanding people. They provide cream of the crop equipment in over 30 years of racing Unlimiteds. I’ve never been in a boat where everything was tailored to fit the way it’s supposed to. Until now. There’s none of that ‘close enough’ stuff with the Coopers.”
As one of the senior drivers of the current H1 Unlimited fleet, King is ready to step up to the top step of the podium in 2023.