Jamie Nilsen
Jamie NilsenDriver

Jamie began racing at the age of 12, and while racing has always been a passionate endeavor of his, Jamie prides himself on demonstrating a strong emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship, and family values.

In Outboard Hydroplane racing, Jamie has set 12 world speed records (currently still holds 6), won 15 national high point championships, won 3 national championship races and inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions twice.

Moving into Inboard Hydroplane racing, Jamie was the 2013 5-liter National Champion, won the 2016 San Diego Bayfair Grand Prix race, was the 2017 & 2018 Grand Prix Eastern Division Champion and the 2018 Grand Prix North American Champion.

He got his first ride in an Unlimited Hydroplane in Seattle in 2010 driving Billy Schumacher’s U-37 “Miss Peters & May”, with Scott Raney as Crew Chief. In 2013, he qualified as an Unlimited driver aboard the U-21 Go Fast Turn Left Racing entry and in 2014 posted his first heat victory in Madison, IN. In addition to driving the U-11 J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool Unlimited Hydroplane, he also drives the GP-55 owned by Scott Pierce in the Grand Prix World Supercharged Hydroplane series.

Nilsen is also a member of the Central Washington University Hall of Fame and holds the highest career batting average in school history (.399). He batted .365 as a freshman, .372 as a sophomore, .391 as a junior, and a school-record.468 as a senior. Over his career, Nilsen posted 61 doubles, 13 triples, 29 home runs and 183 RBI.

A two-time GNAC Player of the Year and four-time All-GNAC first-team selection, Nilsen was also named a first-team NCAA Division II All-American in 2008 and earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2006. He signed professionally and played one year in the Kansas City Royals’ minor league system.

Outboard Hydroplane Accomplishments:
– Set 12 world speed records (currently hold 6)
– 15-time national high point champion
– 3-time national championship winner
– 2x APBA hall of champions inductee (2001,2002)

Inboard Hydroplane Accomplishments:
-2013 5 liter national champion (co-driver)
-2014 Set current 1.25 Grand Prix world record
-2014 Qualified as unlimited hydroplane driver
-2014 Unlimited hydroplane heat win
-2016 San Diego Bayfair Grand Prix race win
-2017 & 2018 Grand Prix Eastern Div Champion
-2018 Grand Prix North American Champion

Scott & Shannon Raney
Scott & Shannon RaneyOwners

Scott & Shannon Raney:

Scott & Shannon Raney, long-time veterans of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing, formed their own H1 Unlimited Race team in 2011.

After breaking into hydroplane racing sweeping floors and doing odd jobs for Bill Wurster’s U-8 team, then moving up to crew member and finally Crew Chief, Scott Raney has notched multiple victories in the Unlimited ranks.

Scott Raney
Scott RaneyCrew Chief

Scott Raney (“Pyro”):
Scott has worked on Mr. Pringles, Ultra Bold & Dash, Tide, International News, Budweiser, E-Lam Plus, and two different stints with LLumar Window Film, as well as with Schumacher Racing on the U-37 Beacon Plumbing. An accomplished 1.5 Liter hydro driver in his own right, Scott’s first job as crew chief was with the U-8 in 1997. He was instrumental in constructing the new boat for Ellstrom Manufacturing in 2001. In 2002, Scott was contracted by then-owner Bill Wurster to modify the former Budweiser T-4 ‘experimental’ hull into the ‘new’ U-8 LLumar Window Film. Utilizing the data and experience from previous boats, Pyro skillfully crafted a ‘new’ boat that was successful right out of the box. He also formed his own company, Performance Composites, to build and fabricate parts for the boat racing community.

With a total of seven victories under his belt as Crew Chief, including the 2006 Gold Cup, and U.I.M. World Championship, he is now setting his sights on the ultimate goal in the sport: a National Championship. And with the U-11 team, he feels that he has the tools to make those goals a reality. Scott cites former Mr. Pringles head man Dan Heye as a major influence on how he conducts business as a crew chief. “Danny was the most thorough person I have ever worked with and taught me that preparation is the key to success.” Scott was voted by his peers as crew chief of the year in 2005 and 2006.

U-11 Racing Team
U-11 Racing TeamCrew

David Cormier, Lake Stevens, Wash.
Brandon Crouse, Preston, Wash.
Brenden Hall, Levin, New Zealand
Brian Hedberg, Lynnwood, Wash.
Sam Houghtaling, Easton, Wash.
Travis Johnson, Madison, Ind.
Paul “PK” Kiser, Bronson, Mich.
Ken Knudsen, Everett, Wash.
Scott Lake, Richland, Wash.
Lee Langley, Lake Stevens, Wash.
Mike Parker, Olalla, Wash.
Fynn Peterson, Seattle
Jack Peterson Seattle
Ashley Raney, Edmonds, Wash.
Kellen Raney, Edmonds, Wash.
Emily Raney, Ellensburg, Wash.
Randy Roe: Taylor, Mich.
Wes Ward, Auburn, Wash.

J&D's Hydraulic
J&D's HydraulicPrimary Sponsor

J&D’s Hydraulic:

At J&D’s Hydraulic, we provide a range of services that include custom vehicle upfitting, CNC plasma burning, metal fabrication and welding. We work relentlessly to provide the highest level of service, workmanship and products to our customer.

Reliable Diamond Tool
Reliable Diamond ToolPresenting Sponsor

Reliable Diamond Tool:

Reliable Diamond Tool, Inc. (RDTI) produces precision diamond tooling for the Concrete, Terrazzo, Stone, Tile and Masonry Industries. We have been a pioneer in this industry bringing new designs and innovations to the forefront. We were the first to create the Two-Part Slotted Plug Body and the Beveled Edge Disc in varying grit sizes and bond specifications. We also first introduced preliminary grind of Epoxy Terrazzo utilizing 80 grit diamond discs, and introduced PCD Diamond Discs for removal of coatings from concrete. No other company before us offered Miniature PCD Diamond Discs for opening hard-troweled floors. RDTI is also responsible for the invention of the patented and revolutionary Speed Shift System.

Reliable Diamond Tool, Inc. stocks a wide variety of sizes and specifications of virtually any materials known to the construction and stone industries. We offer sales, consulting, training and field instruction of proper use and maintenance of sawing and drilling equipment, as well as proper use and care of diamond tools.

  • Team Website: U-11 Racing
  • Founded: 2011
  • Home Port: Edmonds, WA
  • Boat Colors: Chartreuse/Carnival Orange
  • Primary Sponsor: J&D’s
  • Presenting Sponsor: Reliable Diamond Tool
  • Associate Sponsors: Central Welding – West Coast Collision Center – Renton Coil Spring – Messenger Corp – Nauticpromo – Primus – Azko Nobel – McClintock Preferred Finishes
  • Builder: Hydroplanes, Inc. – Dale Van Wieringen – Unlimited Racing Group
  • Designer: Hydroplanes, Inc. – Dale Van Wieringen
  • Engine Builder: Unlimited Racing Group
  • Team Manager: Shannon Raney
  • Public Relations: Shannon Raney
  • Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • 2018 Boat Points: 6181
  • 2018 Driver Points: 6181
  • 2018 Season Finish: 3rd