Jimmy Shane
Jimmy ShaneDriver

Jimmy Shane has already earned a notable place in the 115-year history of the sport. Though relatively young at 32 years old and with 10 years of driving in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series, he has already become only the second driver in history to win five consecutive national driving championships. With 16 race victories to his credit, he also stands as the most successful active driver in the series.

Born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and now a resident of Maple Valley, Washington, and Shane is another competitor who grew up in a boat racing family. His parents, Stuart and Robin, as well as his sister Kelly, have all been national champions in various American Power Boat Association’s inboard hydroplane divisions. With strong influences from his family and boat builder Bill Roberts, Shane started driving boats at 10 years old and steadily moved up through outboard and inboard classes.

His first ride in an H1 Unlimited hydroplane came when he was 21 years old and was given the opportunity to test a boat in 2006. His debut on a racecourse came the following year when he became the backup driver for Ted Porter’s Precision Performance Race Team, where he saw action in the U-1/U-7 Formula Boats for two seasons. He didn’t see any unlimited action for a year but rejoined Porter’s team in 2010, and in 2012 became an instant front-runner in the U-7 Graham Trucking. Just three races into that season, he scored an impressive win in the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities.

After strong finishes at the Albert Lee Cup in Seattle and the Bill Muncey Cup on San Diego’s Mission Bay, Shane then won a closely contested final heat to become the champion of the 2012 Oryx Cup U.I.M. World Championship in Doha, Qatar. That win secured an impressive second place in the 2012 driver and team series high-point standings.

Just one month later, Shane again found himself holding the Oryx Cup and U.I.M. World Championship trophies, this time after returning to Doha and winning the 2013 season opener. He then went on to finish the season strong with wins in Seattle, Coeur d’Alene, and San Diego, and edged Steve David and his U-1 Oberto for the driver and team national high points titles.

He joined the Miss Madison Race Team in 2014, where he became the latest in a long line of drivers for the only community-owned boat in the sport. He won just two races that season, but earned enough points along the way to win the national championship for his team and claim his second straight driving title. Among those two victories was the APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, which was only the second Gold Cup win in the 53-year history of his new race team.

Shane says his favorite thing is the spectacle of a 7,000-pound boat turning a sharp corner at 200 mph, and he has certainly seen a great deal of that during the last several years. He won another prestigious Gold Cup and another national championship in 2015, the final year that the team raced with the Oberto partnership. He then added three more race victories to the tally and another national championship in 2016 with the boat racing under the banner of Miss HomeStreet, then won a third Gold Cup as well as a victory in Seattle last year to capture his fifth consecutive national title.

When he is not driving hydroplanes, Shane is employed as an integration engineer with Blue Origin, the company that builds rockets and spaceships for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. His favorite activities are playing golf and being with his family: his wife, Bianca, and children, Colton and Hudson.

Charlie Grooms
Charlie GroomsRepresentative Owner

Charlie Grooms:

Charlie, a resident of Madison, has been with the team for more than three decades, starting by washing parts when his uncle, Jon Peddie was named the team’s driver in 1977. Over the years he graduated through the ranks to become crew chief. When Mike Hanson retired from driving, Grooms became Team Manager allowing Hanson to move into the Crew Chief position. Grooms oversees all aspects of the team including sponsorships, logistics, budgeting, personnel and other administrative duties. When not racing, Grooms is President of Clifty Engineering in Madison and with wife Nancy, own Mother’s Grilled Wings. They have three children: Codi, Cati, and Cortni.

Miss Madison Team:

The community-owned Miss Madison Racing Team has claimed first-place honors in the National High Point Championship in 7 of the last 9 years, adding their 7th title in 2016.
Community-owned by the City of Madison, Indiana, 2017 is the Miss Madison team’s 57th consecutive year of competition. No other team can match the Miss Madison’s record for consecutive seasons of participation.

Eight different hulls have raced as the Miss Madison in the past 56 years, although two of those were temporary substitutes.

The team’s first major triumph was the 1965 Dixie Cup at Guntersville, Alabama, with George “Buddy” Byers as driver. The team looks forward to racing there again in 2018. The Miss Madison race victories also include APBA Gold Cup Championships in 1971, 2014, 2015 & 2017.

HomeStreet Bank returns in 2018 as sponsor of the U-1 racing team.

Cindy Shirley
Cindy ShirleyCrew Chief

On April 3, 2018, the Miss HomeStreet hydroplane team announced Cindy Shirley as the new Crew Chief, becoming the first woman to ever hold the leadership position on a championship-level team in the turbine-era (or modern era) of professional hydroplane racing. Shirley, who has been with the Miss HomeStreet team for 15 years, most recently served as the Boat Chief.

“I’m proud to be part of the Miss HomeStreet family and thankful for the opportunity to lead a team of talented professionals,” Shirley said. “Ever since watching my first hydroplane race as a little girl, I’ve been in love with the sport. It’s a dream come true to be part of this championship team.”

As Crew Chief, Shirley will manage a team of 12, leading Miss HomeStreet through several races across the country during the summer months. Last year, Miss HomeStreet and driver Jimmy Shane won the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane National Championship. It was Shane’s fifth national championship in his six-year Unlimited racing career.

“In the past couple of years, Cindy has helped build a strong team that really values camaraderie,” Shane said. “I know she will do an outstanding job and lead us to another championship.”

An Everett, Wash., resident and native of Louisville, Ky., Shirley has been in charge of driver safety systems, general cockpit maintenance and also communicates with the driver during races. When not racing, she is the director of the Office of Research at the University of Washington Bothell.

“On behalf of the HomeStreet family, we want to congratulate Cindy on this amazing accomplishment,” said Mark Mason, president and CEO of HomeStreet Bank. “We’re proud of her, and we are proud to be part of a team that is making history.”

Shirley will step into the role for former crew chief Dan Hoover, who passed away earlier this year.

“Dan was an amazing mentor and leader. We all learned so much working side by side with him,” Shirley said. “Our goal is to take home another championship this year in honor and memory of him.”

This year, Miss HomeStreet will kick off the H1 Unlimited season at Guntersville Lake Hydrofest on June 22 in Alabama. You can follow Miss HomeStreet’s racing schedule on HomeStreet Bank’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and via the H1 Unlimited website.

U-1 Miss HomeStreet
U-1 Miss HomeStreetCrew

Nick Bononcini
Richard Dunn
Pat Furnish
Jimmy Gilbert
Trey Holt
Mark Hooton
Bryan Pyziak
Rhett Rice
Matt Sontag
Gary Spanner
Dan Walters

HomeStreet Bank - Seattle, WA
HomeStreet Bank - Seattle, WAPrimary Sponsor

HomeStreet Bank:
Based in Seattle, HomeStreet Bank is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Washington. HomeStreet began in 1921 as Continental Mortgage and Loan Company, initially offering financing for commercial real estate and home mortgages. HomeStreet evolved into a full service bank in 1986, further expanding its products and services in 2000 to include business banking and lending. HomeStreet Bank is consistently recognized by the federal government as “Outstanding” under the Community Reinvestment Act.

Community involvement has always been a high priority for HomeStreet. HomeStreet’s primary area of community focus is housing. HomeStreet supports community organizations by creating active partnerships through providing leadership, hands-on service, expertise and financial support. HomeStreet also participates in innovative home loan programs that make subsidies and incentives available to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.

  • Team Website: www.missmadisonhydro.com
  • Founded: 1961
  • Home Port: Madison, IN
  • Boat Colors: Blue/White
  • Primary Sponsor: HomeStreet Bank
  • Builder: Madison
  • Engine Builder: Dan Hoover
  • Public Relations: Mark Hooton
  • Hull Built: 2007
  • Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • 2017 Boat Points: 7704
  • 2017 Driver Points: 7704
  • 2017 Season Finish: 1st